Belgrave Middleway is an exciting new development we have designed for Galliard Homes and Apsley House Capital in Balsall Heath, Birmingham. The project will create an attractive neighbourhood with a mixture of houses and flats set in a verdant landscape.
It will be a distinctive, urban village designed to foster walking, with bountiful access to high-quality amenity, located on the fringes of the city and repurposing a long-standing vacant brownfield site on the former Joseph Chamberlain College and Birmingham Sports Centre site.
The development will create 438 homes comprising a mix of two, three and four-bedroom townhouses and one and two-bedroom apartments, with private and shared courtyard gardens, landscaped public realm and a linear park.
A key part of the scheme is its innovative approach to the provision of plentiful high-quality outdoor spaces. Space that would typically have been subdivided into individual private gardens is organised as individual private patios set within secure larger communal private gardens.
These communal gardens will provide a generous and varied shared space that is suitable for flexible and multi-purpose use. Each garden creates a strong sense of identity, a place for residents to meet and interact, engage with nature, have flexible places to sit, read, play, and grow communal food.
The three new neighbourhood areas are organised around a linear park that forges a north-south connection through the site to the surrounding neighbourhoods and reinforces existing pedestrian routes to the city centre. The park accommodates an urban forest, an innovative approach to enhancing local ecology and biodiversity for the whole community to engage with.
The Planning Committee has recently resolved to grant planning permission for the development, subject to a finalised S106 agreement.
Michael Watson, Architectural and Technical Director at Galliard Homes, said: “We are excited by the opportunity to regenerate a currently underutilised and unloved plot of land to create an attractive neighbourhood that will not only transform the site but will also make a positive contribution to the wider Balsall Heath area.”
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