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Council to Give Go-ahead for £13 Million City Park

Council to Give Go-ahead for £13 Million City Park

Plans for the first new urban park to be developed in Birmingham for over 125 years are set to get the green light next Monday (2nd Nov ) when the Council’s Cabinet is asked to approve the final price and appointment to a contractor for the new Eastside City Park.

Eastside City Park has been a key proposal for Eastside since the regeneration project began in 1999, and it is an established priority for the city. It will provide a centrepiece for the area with 3.2ha (8 acres) of green space, and is an integral part of the Birmingham’s Big City Plan – the ambitious masterplan to revitalise and shape the city centre over the next 20 years.

The park design by the world-renowned practice of Patel Taylor will be complemented by proposed new park-side developments, with Millennium Point’s Thinktank preparing proposals for a £2.5 million science garden to enhance the park.

Councillor Neville Summerfield, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said, “Eastside City Park will support our standing as a global city, providing a space for local people and visitors around which high quality developments are already taking shape. The park will also acting as a focus for the world-class attractions that are being developed within Eastside, and will connect the city centre with neighbouring communities”.

“The park is, therefore, a catalyst for Eastside’s regeneration, helping to attract over £2.7 billion of investment, which will create in excess of 12,000 job opportunities. The valuable support of bodies like Eastside Developers’ Forum represents the level of interest and investment that the park has attracted from organisations who wish to be part of Birmingham’s dynamic future and who want to establish a high quality physical presence within Eastside.”

As well agreeing the final business case for the park, which will set a £13 million budget for the scheme, the Cabinet will also be asked to approve the appointment of Wates Construction as the main contractor to develop the project.

The designs, funded and led by the City Council, will breathe new life into a project that seemed in doubt two years ago when Birmingham unsuccessfully bid for £25million from the Lottery’s ‘Living Landmarks’ fund.

Despite missing out on Lottery money, support for the park has remained strong, prompting a Council decision to fund the project. The original architects have now produced fresh designs within a new budget.

Proposals for the park have influenced the investment decisions of major developers, who have set up the Eastside Developers’ Forum to work with the city council. The forum provides support for the park, and is committed to exploring management opportunities for the site.

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For more information please contact Simon Houltby 0121 303 3503.

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  • Issue date: 27 October 2009