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a sustainable new community rooted in a historic neighbourhood

This significant mixed-use scheme in Digbeth, Birmingham will breathe new life into the city’s disused central bus garage site to create a new industrious neighbourhood to attract diverse talent.

The Bordesley Junction Masterplan is a residential-led proposal, knitting new high-quality homes into a creative, social and industrious mixed-use ground floor. The development offers a rich mix of uses including living, retail, community and public realm, and will act as a catalyst for wider regeneration in the area, creating employment opportunities and new services and facilities for the local community.






  • 19,490m2 of flexible residential, community and culture, leisure, retail and office uses

Contract value:

£380 million


Planning consent granted

a gateway to birmingham

The site is characterised by its historic visual and physical connection to the Grand Union Canal. A short walk from Birmingham’s Bullring, the scheme will improve access to Digbeth with a new eastern gateway and better north/south connectivity, mediating between the area’s existing historic conservation area and emerging development being driven by the arrival of HS2. Many of the area’s old warehouse buildings have already been repurposed by creative businesses. Our masterplans will draw this cultural activity south beyond the Duddeston Viaduct, providing essential scale-up space to support their growth and development within a strong existing community.

Our ambition is to create a place that is as bold and vibrant as the buildings and population that have existed here since the 18th century, re-energising the site with simple moves which will enhance canalside access with open frontages, bridges, trees, planting and the creation of natural habitats.

designing for digbeth

Our masterplan is rooted in an understanding of the local vernacular including materials, details, colour, rhythm, façade and fenestration, and responds appropriately to Digbeth’s rich and varied grain. Our design approach takes its cue from the raw ingredients that make Digbeth special, the existing heritage of the canal-side, and the amazing arches of nearby Liverpool Street. Each masterplan plot has a part to play in creating a harmonious built environment with buildings designed to vary in form, roof-scape or materiality. Bold buildings, set in a tighter urban grain, will comprise quality materials, with large windows, sharp details and a careful integration of existing historic fabric.

a new, mixed-use community

New high-quality homes will sit alongside creative workspaces and leisure facilities, to offer a rich and integrated mix of uses ground in an authentic ‘Digbethian’ landscape, and contribute to a new vibrant community where people will live, work and play for years to come. Six phases of development will create approximately 650+ homes and 700+ student units. 100,000ft2 of flexible ground floor accommodation will provide retail, commercial and creative industrial uses surrounding by new public realm. Simplicity of form and material expression will stay true to the industrial character of the place, and will combine with bold, vibrant colour introduced for signature building elements.