The partnership between Places for People and Urban Splash, working with Canal & River Trust and Birmingham City Council to deliver the transformation of Port Loop in Birmingham – has commenced work on a brand new public park and green space for the city’s residents and visitors.
The park, which totals almost one acre in size, will give residents of the new Port Loop development and surrounding areas a new public space; it will also serve as a green corridor connecting visitors arriving by canal boat, and those walking through to Rotton Park Street.
Speaking on behalf of the LLP, project director Adam Willetts explained: “We are thrilled to be on site with the park; it is the first significant element of public realm at Port Loop and one of many green spaces planned here – as well as a significant milestone in establishing this exciting new place.
“It gives Birmingham its first public park in quite some time and is going to be a much-loved asset for people moving into the community – as well as those already living here.”
The park is set to complete in late Spring 2019; within it there will be playful grass mounds plus a lawn on which residents and local community groups can host events, festivals and other permitted uses. It has been designed by Grant Associates; the latter’s senior associate Claire Hobart said: "With the park, and with the wider green spaces at Port Loop, our aim is to reinvigorate a piece of brownfield industrial land and connect it with an inspiring series of new waterfront and green spaces. The landscape within this new park is the start of that and will create a sense of place that draws on the site’s unique island location and connections to the waterways.”
The start on site at the park comes just a few weeks after the joint venture partners’ launch of the first Port Loop homes – a phase of modular Town Houses which are on sale now. 80% of the first release of this phase have already been sold.
Concluded Adam: “With the park, the launch of the Houses and the ongoing remediation works to the canal, this site really is alive with activity now. It’s going to be a fantastic and special place to live come 2019.”
We have a successful, well-established working partnership with Urban Splash, delivering large scale communities across the country, with other live developments including Smith’s Dock in North Shields and Lakeshore in Bristol.