The careful and gradual regeneration of our home patch in Digbeth is the long-term vision of Oval Real Estate and their Digbeth Masterplan was unanimously approved by Birmingham City Council Planning Committee last week.
The masterplan paves the way for 10-15 years of future investment on the 42 acres estate in this historic part of the city.
Dav Bansal, Partner, Glenn Howells Architects commented: “Our first office was in the Custard Factory and Digbeth has been our home for the last 30 years and so we are excited to be part of the team delivering much needed investment and redevelopment to the area with Oval Real Estate. The first phase will include our Custard Factory Living and the Custard Factory Extension projects which will further enrich the area’s cultural offering and provide new homes in one of the most vibrant parts of Birmingham.”
Ian Ward, Leader of Birmingham City Council said: “We’re delighted to be working with outstanding partners to build a brighter future for the people of Birmingham and this project will mean hundreds of new homes, thousands of jobs and a range of exciting opportunities, enhancing Digbeth’s reputation as an exciting place to live, work and socialise. In addition, the proposed sky park and plans to reconnect people with the River Rea will become exciting elements of the city’s ongoing transformation.”
Andy Street, the Mayor of the West Midlands, said: “What is happening in Digbeth is truly transformational, and I am delighted that these latest plans by Oval Real Estate have been given the green light.
“Alongside Oval’s plans for homes, commercial space, and leisure facilities, we’ve also got a creative content hub, the extension of our Midland Metro tram, Steven Knight’s film studios, and a major BBC relocation all coming to Digbeth. These are such exciting times and I cannot wait to see the area grow over the coming months and years.”
The Custard Factory Rooftop Extension will provide three additional stories to create a rooftop garden and open-plan offices with far-reaching cityscape views. Custard Factory Living follows the rhythmical façade of the adjacent Custard Factory and will be the first residential accommodation to be delivered as part of the framework. It will provide 40 new homes with ground-floor retail and café uses along with the River Rea and will be connected to the Custard Factory by a new bridge.