Birmingham Road Unclosed

A private road in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter is to be permanently opened to the public after more than 20 years. Part of Northwood Street, which runs from Caroline Street to Vittoria Street, is owned by AE Harris. The 100m stretch was partially closed to serve the engineering firm’s factory buildings.

The four-acre AE Harris site has been acquired by joint venture partners Galliard Homes and Apsley House Capital. The joint venture team is planning a £125million mixed-use scheme of more than 320 new apartments and circa 100,000 sq. ft of commercial space. Along the length of the currently sealed street, with apartments – including lofts and duplexes above. Affordable workspace is also planned, to address demand from local craft businesses and artisans.

A second public route will also be created through the site. A new pedestrian boulevard, from Newhall Street to Regent Place, will create direct access from Birmingham city centre right into the heart of the Jewellery Quarter.

The scheme, called St Paul’s Quarter, is bounded by Newhall Street, Graham Street, Brook Street, James Street and Northwood Street. Master-planned and designed by award-winning architects Glenn Howells, the development will comprise 20 individual buildings of between two and five storeys.

Note: Galliard and Apsley’s proposals are Subject to Planning Permission from Birmingham City Council.

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