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Development partner wanted to transform area around HS2’s Interchange Station

A development partner is being sought to transform the land around High Speed 2’s (HS2’s) Interchange Station in the Midlands.

One of UK’s largest regeneration schemes, the 140ha Arden Cross site extends east of the NEC exhibition centre campus and M42 motorway.

Global commercial real estate services company JLL has been appointed to help promote the £3.2bn mixed use scheme and bring on board an experienced development partner “with strong placemaking credentials”.

The Arden Cross development will deliver up to 3,000 new homes and a network of sustainable new public realm and green spaces which “retain and enhance the local historic landscape features”.

With the HS2 Interchange Station acting as the catalyst to create unprecedented economic growth for the region, Arden Cross Limited has developed the masterplan in partnership with public sector stakeholders including the West Midlands Combined Authority, the Urban Growth Company and Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council.

Solihull Council leader Ian Courts said: “This opportunity is a unique proposition within the UK, creating a gateway location for Solihull, the West Midlands and the nation and a place where international organisations and businesses can interact and learn together.

“It will boost next generation R&D opportunities while complementing the strengths of the region’s existing sectors and unbeatable location, opportunity and lifestyle.”

Arden Cross Limited project director Ben Gray added: “Arden Cross will create a new economic powerhouse for the UK with significant international appeal. It is a once in a generation opportunity and the appointment of JLL is a significant step towards attracting a partner who will be able to capitalise on the masterplan principles to unlock the transformational Arden Cross vision and deliver a world class destination.’

HS2 Ltd launched the procurement process to find a construction partner for the Interchange station, last month.

The new Interchange station is the penultimate station before the new high speed line terminates at Birmingham Curzon Street station.

It will also be connect to nearby stations and Birmingham Airport via an automated people mover.


Department of Civil Engineering