Birmingham Smithfield, Birmingham, UK - Placemaking with Community

Birmingham Smithfield is a £1.9bn city quarter set to be crafted into a sustainable and buzzing residential, leisure and entertainment district.


Bounded by Moat Lane, Bradford Street, Rea Street, Pershore Street and Edgbaston Street, Birmingham

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Partners: Lendlease Smithfield LLP

ArchitectsHaworth Tompkins, dRMM, Intervention Architecture, Minesh Patel Architects and RCKa

Public Realm & Landcape: James Corner Field Operations

Project ManagerRidge LLP

Quantity Surveyor: Aecom

Principal Advisor to Lendlease: Turner & Townsend

Structural Engineer: Arup

Civil Engineer, Transport: WSP

Heritage: Montagu Evans

Planning ConsultantDP9

Planning Application Number2022/09643/PA



Birmingham Smithfield is a new £1.9 billion city quarter set to be crafted into a sustainable and buzzing residential, leisure, & entertainment district.

The 42-acre site will see the introduction of 3,500 new homes, public squares and green spaces, new transit routes, c. 1M SF of offices, restaurants, a music venue, an art gallery, a hotel, artists’ spaces, and a primary school/creche.

Phase one will introduce new builds and tie Southside, Digbeth, and the city centre together at the earliest opportunity with a 16,491-sqm public realm.

Manor Square will sit above the buried remains of the de Birmingham family manor house and moat & will be celebrated as the birthplace of the city, with a landscaped event space for up to 7,000 people.

New Market: Split into two buildings, the market sits in front of Manor Square.

The indoor market will consist of fish and meat, a dining hall, restaurant and event spaces, and the open and rag market.

Commercial Office Building: A new G+11 floor office building will be delivered, along with a square-facing terrace and street-level frontages.

Smithfield Gardens: 'Smithfield Gardens' will become the site’s first neighbourhood, accommodating 429 (1-3 bed) homes over builds of seven to 15 storeys, with a garden, community room, lounges, play areas, and ten flexible commercial units.

This fronts onto Central Boulevard, a major transit spine that will open up the entire site and connect surrounding neighbourhoods.

Dean Street Energy Centre: This will allow easy connection to the Birmingham District Energy Circuit (BDEC), a city-wide district heating strategy.

Future phases (outline form)

With these hybrid plans now approved, a legal agreement will now need to be secured to secure the following:

  • 10.87% on-site affordable housing across the masterplan, rising to a potential 20% should grant funding be secured
  • An intermittent viability review throughout the delivery of the development
  • Securing the architect of individual plots through to completion of that plot
  • Provision for a primary school (anticipated to be 2 Forms of Entry)
  • Public spaces: Allow for the inspection of public spaces by the city council for agreement & for spaces to be maintained as publicly accessible

The outline element proposes four primary development zones containing a workspace-led zone, including hotel, commercial, educational, cultural, and entertainment floorspace. Other zones are earmarked for more living, entertainment and community uses, with a new school, creche, and potential for a community library. Watch this space!!

Birmingham Smithfield, images from Lendlease.


Project dates

16 Mar 2019 - On-going


Construction & regeneration


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Jonathan Bostock

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