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LONGBRIDGE TOWN CENTRE CROWNED WINNER FOR LABC AWARD

The landmark Park Point office building at the £70 million Longbridge town centre has won a regional Local Authority Building Control award, celebrating excellence in construction and technical delivery.

The team behind the Longbridge town centre delivery, St. Modwen, construction company Morgan Sindall and Holder Mathias Architects, have won the ‘best large commercial building’ category in the West Midlands awards. They have now automatically been put forward for the same category in the national awards, to be announced in November.

The new town centre officially opened in 2013 and features the Park Point and Seven House office buildings along with a Sainsbury’s superstore, Costa Coffee, Premier Inn and Beefeater and independent retailers in additon to Bournville College, The Factory youth centre and £2 million Austin Park. Phase 2 is underway and will include a further 215,000 sq ft of retail, including one of the country’s largest Marks & Spencer stores which will create 350 jobs, and a six storey car park for 1200 cars.

Park Point features high quality Grade A office space and enjoys one of the most prominent locations in the town centre with unrivalled views over Austin Park.

Mark Batchelor, construction manager at St. Modwen, the UK’s leading regeneration specialist, said: “We are delighted that Park Point has won this award. As a high profile, contaminated brownfield site with many challenges, Longbridge town centre has been a fabulous project to work on. We are proud to have delivered a town centre that has become quickly established and offers opportunities to work, shop and visit.”

Ben Cushway, Contracts Manager at Morgan Sindall said: “This award is a great endorsement of all the hard work people have put into the project. It has been very enjoyable to work on such a large-scale project of this nature and this has led to us being appointed on phase two to further regenerate the town centre. We’ll enjoy the moment and look forward to the national award announcement.”

Ashley Merrick, Associate Director at Holder Mathias said: “It has been a pleasure to work with St. Modwen and Morgan Sindall in designing and delivering a successful phase 1 of Longbridge town centre and we look forward to being just as successful on phase 2.”

The fast-growing Longbridge community has so far seen a £300m investment from St. Modwen and the delivery of 3,500 jobs and nearly 400 new homes. It is part of a £1billion masterplan to provide both a successful business environment that delivers job opportunities and a sustainable community and destination for people to live, shop, learn and relax.