Plans submitted for £165 million canal-side regeneration scheme

Plans for a major urban regeneration scheme in Birmingham have been submitted to Birmingham City Council.

The £165 million mixed-use scheme called Soho Wharf is located on Dudley Road, opposite Birmingham City Hospital and will feature 756 new homes and more than 10,000 sq ft of commercial space.

The development is a joint venture partnership with Galliard Homes and Apsley House Capital who plan to build up to 3,000 homes in Birmingham as part of their wider West Midlands plans, building mixed-use schemes on brownfield sites.

Comprising 106 two and three-bedroom townhouses and 650 one and two-bedroom apartments, Soho Wharf will provide a mix of tenures, catering for both families and young professionals. The development will also see the creation of new pedestrian, cycle and vehicle routes enable public access through the site, with a new canal bridge connecting Soho Wharf with the existing towpath to provide a direct route into the city centre.

Soho Wharf, Birmingham
CGI of canal bridge which will connect Soho Wharf with the existing towpath

As part of the plans, the developers are also proposing a new public waterfront space to make the most of the scheme’s canal-side location.

Stephen Conway, executive chairman of Galliard Homes, said: “Soho Wharf is one of the most exciting regeneration opportunities in Birmingham, transforming what is currently a derelict industrial site, just a short walk along the canal from the city centre, into a thriving residential community and local hub for leisure and lifestyle amenities for the public.

“As one of the most anticipated mixed-use schemes in the city we are excited to be bringing our placemaking and regeneration expertise to such an important site and helping to deliver on the Council’s ambitions to create more homes and attractive places to live for the people of Birmingham.”

The Soho Wharf site was originally partially occupied by a large glasshouse in the late 18th century and was known as Park Glass House. The building was constructed by Isaac Hawker, a local glasscutter, to transport his glass products along the canal. The glassworks were demolished in the 1870s and replaced by silverworks.

As part of Birmingham’s expansion throughout the 19th and 20th century, the site and
surrounding area were redeveloped with various industrial and residential properties. Many
of the buildings on the site have now either been demolished or are vacant.

Gerard Nock, chairman of Apsley House Capital, said: “Soho Wharf is a vital piece in the Birmingham development puzzle, helping to unlock the Greater Icknield Masterplan and bring forward the long overdue regeneration of this area of the city.

“Given the site’s historical context and its importance to the future redevelopment of Greater Icknield, we have consulted extensively with both local stakeholders and the city council to ensure we are delivering a scheme that not only enhances the area but provides the right mix of homes, commercial space, amenities and public realm.”