Smethwick – Birmingham Development Framework

Continuing the legacy of the Main Line Canal as an engine for change

Tibbalds are working on a masterplan framework for a swathe of land that runs from the edge of central Birmingham to the town of Smethwick and is centred on the Main Line Canal. One of the key sites within the framework corridor is the area surrounding the new Midland Metropolitan Hospital, a site for which the Tibbalds team are preparing a masterplan.

Project Deliverables:
Masterplan Framework & Masterplan
Birmingham City Council and Sandwell Council
Tibbalds, Urban Movement, Aspinall Verdi
Smethwick – Birmingham
Project ongoing

Whilst the edge of Birmingham City Centre is already seeing new and innovative development schemes emerge, neighbouring Smethwick suffers from a negative perception. The framework bridges the gap between the two distinctive areas, creating an exciting catalyst for change.

Tibbalds is working with the Councils, and their partners, to provide a coherent framework for the corridor which will provide direction for growth and a consistent approach to ensure that a new district emerges where people want to live. Within the framework, a more detailed masterplan for the land around the hospital will also provide guidance for developers in respect of the aspirations for, and nature of, the development sought.

The wealth of industrial heritage, particularly within Smethwick, forms the baseline for the corridor and provides a unique opportunity and character which new development must respond to. Tibbalds worked with the client team to analyse the corridor, identifying potential sites for redevelopment and any other public realm or placemaking opportunities. The relocation of City Hospital from Dudley Road to the new Midland Metropolitan University Hospital on Grove Lane provides a potential catalyst for dramatic changes which can help to sustain local centres, open up opportunities for improved open spaces and open up the potential of the canal for movement and recreation.

The corridor framework and masterplan for the land at the hospital have both been informed by extensive engagement with major stakeholders and community groups. Consultation on the final documents will allow them to be adopted as planning guidance upon which development and investment decisions can be made with confidence.

Core Team

Below are some of the key people that worked on this project.

  • Portrait of Katja Stille
    Katja Stille
  • Portrait of Amy Sweeting
    Amy Sweeting
    Senior Urban Designer
Portrait of Katja Stille

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