Unless you've been in hibernation for the last few months, you're bound to have noticed that some big changes are afoot in Birmingham. So what exactly have we got lined up over the coming year?
Grand Central & New Street Station
The £700 million Grand Central development is due to open its doors in September 2015, and will be a major new hub for the city. Forming part of the newly renovated New Street train station, the retail complex will feature 60 shops, restaurants and cafés, including one of the largest John Lewis stores in the UK. 85% of the floor space has already been snapped up, and you can find out more about the confirmed retailers on the Grand Central website.
The redevelopment of New Street will more than double the station's previous capacity. Works initially began back in 2009 and, as the country's busiest train station outside of London, the change has been on the cards for some time. As part of the expansion, a new tram line will run through the heart of the city connecting New Street to Snow Hill station, and the existing Midland Metro system. We think it will completely transform the city for both locals and visitors alike.
The main retail area of the Mailbox closed back in 2013 due to a major £50 million refurbishment, and it's now set to reopen in Spring this year. The shopping mall will now sport a new skylit roof, and Harvey Nichols will double its size to become one of the city's main shopping attractions. Other confirmed brands include Hugo Boss, L.K. Bennett, Gieves & Hawkes, and Jaeger, and the complex will also house a new Everyman Cinema with a bar area and three custom built screens.
The £500 million Paradise Circus redevelopment is one of Birmingham's biggest ever regeneration projects. Having commenced back in January, the full development is expected to take over 10 years to complete, and will see the divisive Central Library and Paradise Forum building demolished to make way for new office blocks, landscaping and infrastructure. It may be a while until we start to see the benefits of this ambitious project, but we think it will be worth waiting for.
So it certainly looks set to be a year of change across Birmingham, but we hope you're looking forward to these exciting developments as much as we are. If you're feeling inspired to move to the centre, or simply fancy an upgrade on your current property, you can find our full list of residences on our sales and lettings pages, or you can contact us at our Birmingham or Harborne offices to find out more.