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Plans for Arden Cross development takes step forward

Plans for Arden Cross development takes step forward

The UK Central Solihull Urban Growth Company (UGC) has formally asked HS2 to upgrade the current plans for a parkway-style station on the motorway site at Solhull.

Masterplanning is already underway for over 2.65 million sq ft of commercial space suitable for national and international occupiers, known as Arden Cross. A consortium of four landlords is promoting the commercial development opportunity immediately next to the station.

Arden Cross is part of the wider UK Central plan involving the NEC, airport and Jaguar Land Rover and will deliver more than 5m sq ft of commercial floorspace.

The development is backed by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council and the West Midlands Combined Authority, along with private sector partners including the NEC.

Changes range from altering bridges, moving roads and creating new landscape features to revising car park layouts, incorporating pedestrianised connections and making provisions for other future public transport links.

The cost of the proposed changes to the existing plans will be met by the West Midlands Combined Authority through its HS2 Growth Strategy Fund secured as part of its Devolution Agreement.

HS2 is expected to begin evaluating the requests immediately with a decision likely later in the year.

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