Solihull Council has named Muse as its most well-liked growth accomplice to convey ahead bold regeneration plans for the long-lasting Mell Sq..
Working intently with the Council and different key stakeholders, Muse will assist to ship a wholesale transformation of Mell Sq. over the subsequent ten years, enhancing the already profitable city centre with a considerably improved retail provide, expanded night-time economic system and new high-quality housing.
Solihull Council took possession of Mell Sq. in April 2021 so as to assist the supply of its daring Town Centre Masterplan, which takes a wider view of upcoming developments and alternatives to make sure efficient planning for the long run. The Masterplan identifies and descriptions a number of thrilling growth alternatives at Mell Sq. to reinforce the present provide and customer expertise. These embrace bringing in new complementary makes use of to the realm akin to a residential and a extra diversified leisure provide.
The redevelopment will give attention to:
- Attracting new eating places, bars and retailers to enrich the city centre’s current provide and diversify its night-time economic system. Delivering well-designed, versatile public areas and routes that higher join Mell Sq. to the broader city centre and change into a hive of exercise for enterprise, assembly and stress-free.
- Making a combined residential neighbourhood to extend housing alternative for current communities and appeal to new residents, together with youthful folks to Solihull.
- Constructing high-quality, sustainable buildings that set the usual for brand spanking new developments within the city centre.
Councillor Ian Courts, Chief of Solihull Council and Portfolio Holder for the Financial system, stated:
“At present’s announcement marks an important milestone in our plans to rework and reenergise the center of our city centre.
“Solihull enjoys a well-established status as a vibrant, engaging and welcoming vacation spot for top of the range procuring, enterprise and leisure. With a confirmed observe report of attracting prime quality occupiers and funding, Solihull is likely one of the best-performing city centres within the nation. Nevertheless, as retail habits and the best way we use our native centres proceed to alter, we have to guarantee what we’re providing additionally evolves. It’s necessary that we plan and make investments now in order that Solihull city centre stays an thrilling, thriving and accessible place for folks to get pleasure from.
“In addition to creating new house for top of the range retailers, restaurateurs, unbiased companies and offering a spread of recent housing proper within the coronary heart of the city centre, this scheme will even convey advantages for the broader borough when it comes to funding, new jobs and coaching alternatives. Over time, new communities making their houses in our city centre will convey a lift to native companies and feed our rising night economic system.
“I’m thrilled that we’re forging forward with these game-changing plans to create a city centre for future generations to dwell in, work in and revel in. It’s incredible to have Muse on board, they bring about with them a wealth of expertise delivering advanced, mixed-use initiatives with a robust give attention to prime quality public realm, sustainability, neighborhood and high quality.”
Maggie Grogan, Muse Managing Director – Midlands, stated:
“We’re proud to have been chosen by the Council to ship the regeneration of Mell Sq. and assist the bold imaginative and prescient for Solihull city centre.”
“Our focus is on working in partnership with native authorities and communities to ship high quality new locations. This implies regeneration with folks at its coronary heart. A spot which can have a good time Solihull’s heritage and assist outline its future.
“As we work with the Council to develop the proposals we are going to have interaction intently with the neighborhood. We need to perceive what is required in Solihull and the way we will ship a vibrant city centre for generations to return.”
The Council will now search to enter right into a Improvement Settlement with Muse, which can should be authorized by Cupboard. As soon as in place, following public session and topic to planning, the primary section of long-term redevelopment may get underway as early as Autumn 2025.
This preliminary section will give attention to the redevelopment of the vacant Home of Fraser constructing and is unlikely to straight impression any of the companies or retailers at present buying and selling in Mell Sq..
Because the business landlord, Solihull Council is dedicated to participating with, and supporting, all of its tenants all through the scheme and can work with particular person retailers to assist them relocate inside the city centre as and when it turns into obligatory. This phased strategy will guarantee a business-as-usual buying and selling surroundings within the city centre all through the complete scheme.
To obtain updates on this mission because it progresses, signal as much as the Council’s Stay Connected e-mail bulletin service and choose the brand new ‘Mell Sq. Redevelopment’ matter.