Birmingham Smithfield sits within a part of the city that continues to experience huge transformation. Major developments, significant transport infrastructure and vibrant communities are all clustered within walking distance of the site. In creating Birmingham Smithfield, this vibrancy and growth will be capitalised on to deliver a dynamic, thriving and successful destination.
The Smithfield masterplan will radically improve accessibility, reconnecting the site to Birmingham centre and beyond via an integrated public transport network.
Capitalising on the city’s already established assets, the overarching vision for Birmingham Smithfield will be of a sustainable, green and inclusive place that has people at the heart of a zero carbon development. Travel will be made convenient and hassle free by the enhancement of walking, cycling and public transport systems, all central to the transformation of the area. A two minute ride on the Midland Metro tram will take Smithfield Square residents to the HS2 terminus station at Birmingham Curzon Street, where eventually a journey onto London will be made in just 49 minutes. The reconnection of Bromsgrove Street, linking east to west, will further improve access with dedicated green bus and sprint routes serving the markets and leisure attractions.
Birmingham is not only the UK’s largest city outside London, but also one of the country’s biggest financial centres. The relocation of firms such as Deutsche Bank and HSBC will increase the number of affluent professionals making their home here. The diversity of the city’s economy is supported by its reputation as a hub for creative industries and it is among the UK’s fastest growing centres for digital media ventures.
HS2 rail network will bring the capital even closer at 45 mins, and will welcome an estimated £1.5bn and 22,000 jobs to the region. Alongside this Birmingham International Airport sits just 5 miles south-east of the city centre with a choice of over 400 direct or one-stop flights across the world.