St. Modwen has submitted plans to build a 48,000 sq ft Grade-A office development in Longbridge, believed to be the largest, speculatively developed new out-of-town office development in Birmingham in a decade.
Located adjacent to Bournville College and the A38 Bristol Road, Two Park Square marks the next phase of St. Modwen’s £1 billion regeneration of Longbridge.
The proposal outlines a four-storey HQ-style building that has been designed to provide modern, high quality, flexible workspace with employee wellbeing at its heart. Overlooking Austin Park, three-acres of idyllic green space in Longbridge Town Centre, Two Park Square is expected to create a further 450 jobs in the town once fully occupied.
Longbridge boasts impressive transport links, situated on the A38 Bristol Road – one of the key arterial routes leading into Birmingham city centre – and within a 10 minute drive of both the M42 and M5 motorways, making it easily accessible to the South East and South West. Longbridge train station, which is just a five-minute walk from Longbridge Town Centre, offers six trains per hour into Birmingham city centre. In addition, the area is also serviced by a number of local and regional bus routes.
An established town centre with anchor retail brands such M&S and Sainsbury’s, Longbridge is home to a £100 million Technology Park which accommodates nearly 60 start-up businesses and is recognised as a leading tech hub in the West Midlands. In 2020, the park will welcome a new occupier – professional services firm, Barnett Waddingham to 3 Devon Way. This deal was the largest out-of-town letting in the region in Q4 2018 and brings another 150 jobs to the town.
As well as boasting an excellent location amongst a host of successful businesses, Two Park Square will cater for the needs of a modern workforce, with secure car parking, cycle storage, state-of-the-art shower facilities and a roof terrace overlooking the nearby parkland and bustling town centre. As part of wider public realm improvements, a new cycle route will be introduced through Austin Park in 2020, which will connect the town centre with its neighbouring communities such as Rubery, Rednal and Northfield.
Robert Flavell, Head of Major Projects for the Midlands and North, said:
“Longbridge is fast becoming a hub for innovative living and working. Our proposed design reflects a campus style that sits at the very heart of the town and would make an ideal headquarters for a business looking to relocate to a suburban setting. “We’re currently at full occupancy for commercial space in Longbridge so this development presents a unique opportunity for a business to take advantage of new-age office space that’s modern and ideally located. “Longbridge is already a brilliant place to do business and we’re committed to diversifying its offer and truly unlocking its potential for the next phase.”
Andrew Venables of Avison Young and Nick Williams of Savills, joint agents for the site, added:
“Two Park Square is innovative in its own right and will be the only development of its kind south of Birmingham. Increased investment and development in Birmingham and the wider area means it’s a pivotal moment for Longbridge to continue to build on its proven credentials as a business destination. “There’s a real appetite for out-of-town space and we’re confident Two Park Square will drive continued growth in the local area.”