Sweet start to Longbridge regeneration

With just over three months until it is due to open in September 2011, work is rapidly nearing completion on the new £66 million Bournville College, Bournville College to sweeten Longbridge. Construction topped out in February on the Broadway Malyan designed building, New Bournville College reaches development milestone, which will have a 250,000 sq ft main building and will have the capacity for 15,000 students.

The current collge site on the Bristol Road.

The college is the first phase of the regeneration of the former MG Rover plant in Longbridge while elsewhere in Longbridge the first two office buildings at the Technology Park are almost fully let and construction is underway at Park View, a residential scheme that will deliver 115 houses and apartments.

Just off Longbridge Lane, developers St Modwen and Birmingham City Council have agreed to build a £5 million myplace youth centre for 13 to 19-year-olds. Planning permission was granted earlier this year with work due to start in summer and it planned to open in summer 2012, http://www.bromsgroveadvertiser.co.uk/news/9128977.Multi_million_pound_youth_centre_to_be_built_in_Longbridge/.

With the total regeneration of the former MG Rover plant estimated at £1 billion the college is the first part of the regeneration with the focal point centering on the creation of a Longbridge Town Centre which the college will sit near. The creation of the town centre drew closer with the recent planning approval of the first of three stages to the town centre plan with the approval of a new Sainsbury's with work on construction due to commence by the end of 2011.

Longbridge town centre will be delivered in three phases, with an 85,000 sq ft Sainsbury’s store(50,000 sq ft net sales area), car park, two acre urban park and elements of the new high street delivered in the first phase. Phases two and three will comprise an 80-bed hotel, 40 apartments, further retail space and car parking, with a total of 80,000 sq ft of retail space and restaurants being delivered in addition to the Sainsbury’s store.

The new two acre Austin Park will lead to the opening up of the river Rea for the first time in 100 years. The Longbridge town centre development will also create new access roads and continued local road improvements for the £1bn flagship regeneration scheme. http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/contract-news/green-light-for-70m-longbridge-town-centre

Pictures showing construction of the new college from the 9th July are shown below.


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