Coming up: Approval for major Birmingham mixed use

The Martineau Galleries site is set to become a mixed use neighbourhood with homes, workspace, a hotel and town square.

Hammerson's Martineau Galleries proposal creates a gateway for Curzon Street station (PIC Glenn Howells Architects)
Hammerson's Martineau Galleries proposal creates a gateway for Curzon Street station (PIC Glenn Howells Architects)

Developer Hammerson has won outline approval for a major mixed use masterplan with around 1,300 homes in Birmingham city centre. Glenn Howells Architects’ masterplan for the Martineau Galleries site includes homes, workspace, hotel and a new town square, creating a gateway adjacent to Curzon Street station. The public realm will include spaces for activities, such as pop-up bars, food trucks and performances. The overall approach is part of Hammerson’s City Quarters development concept, which aims to create mixed use neighbourhoods. Robin Dobson, UK director of development and project management at Hammerson, said, “Our plans for Martineau Galleries represent a step-change in our strategy, moving beyond pure retail.”

London Borough of Tower Hamlets has given the go ahead for a 40 storey tower containing 279 serviced apartments and a 400-bed hotel, on a site overlooking Canary Wharf, in Docklands. The plans have been brought forward by developers Rockwell and FirethornTrust, working with architect SimpsonHaugh and Partners. The scheme will be developed on the site of Quay House, close to South Quay, and will activate underused public spaces beside the Docklands Light Railway and nearby with public realm improvements, including Parkour facilities for the community.

London deputy mayor Jules Pipe has backed plans to develop 462 homes and a leisure centre in Earl’s Court, west London, after affordable housing levels were boosted in response to a call in by the capital’s mayor. The original plans for redevelopment of the 100 West Cromwell Road site, brought forward by property owner Meyer Bergman and development manager Londonewcastle, were initially rejected by Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. City Hall planners worked with the development team to increase the number of homes overall and lift the share of affordable housing from 35 per cent to 40 per cent. The council has since endorsed the revised scheme. Under the plans some of the existing buildings on the site will be demolished to make way for eight new buildings, which also include commercial and retail space.

London Borough of Richmond has approved plans to develop 667 homes and other uses on the former Stag Brewery site, in Mortlake. The development is being brought forward by Dartmouth Capital Advisors on behalf of Singapore-listed City Developments. The design, by architect Squire & Partners, also features a care village with up to 150 assisted living units and a care home, 3,000 square metres of office space, a hotel, cinema, rowing club and retail space. A proposed green link will give access to the river Thames. Michael Squire, partner of architect Squire & Partners said, “As a result of its generous mix of uses, the scheme enriches the wider area rather than delivering an independent housing estate disconnected from its existing context.” The plans now go forward to the Greater London Authority for approval.

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