Plans to transform 7.5-acre in Birmingham city centre into a new homes, workspace, hotel rooms and a town square, have been given the green light by Birmingham City Council.

The Martineau Galleries redevelopment scheme, located on the Square shopping centre in Birmingham, will include a new central square, boulevard and residential streets, which will be accessible and sustainable. These spaces will be available for community and cultural events and leisure activities such as pop-up bars, food trucks or performances from local groups.

Developers Hammerson says that the Martineau Galleries will deliver 1,300 new homes for approximately 2,400 people, 110,000 overnight stays per year at a new hotel, bringing £7million per year into the local economy, 8,000 full-time jobs supported on-site, 350 full-time construction jobs supported per year over the life of the project and a £225million boost to Birmingham’s economy.

Guy Wells, assistant director of Development at Hammerson said: “We are delighted to confirm that our mixed-use masterplan for Martineau Galleries has been given a resolution to grant by Birmingham City Council.

“This scheme represents our ongoing investment in Birmingham city centre, and we believe it is in keeping with the city’s economic growth and ambitions. We look forward to continuing to work with the council moving forward into the next stages of our plans”.

Leader of Birmingham City Council Cllr Ian Ward said: “The exciting Martineau Galleries project will support over 8,000 jobs and provide a significant boost to our city economy. It will also transform Dale End, creating a thriving new city centre neighbourhood.”

Dav Bansal, partner, at Glenn Howells Architects, added: “Glenn Howells Architects are delighted with the successful outcome that will see this new arrival into the city transform into a sustainable, mixed-use destination.

“We also believe that the plans will unlock and reconnect this strategic location of the city, expanding its central business district, whilst also framing some of the local landmarks including the Rotunda.

“With new animated public spaces and streets, the masterplan builds on the city’s vision to become an exciting quarter for commercial headquarters, central city living and a thriving urban environment for visitors.”