Legal advisers are named for Arden Cross plans - The Solihull Observer

Legal advisers are named for Arden Cross plans

Solihull Editorial 28th Mar, 2017   0

THE ARDEN Cross Consortium – comprising landowners Birmingham City Council, Packington Estate, Coleshill Estate and Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council – has appointed Gowling WLG as legal advisers on Arden Cross – one of the UK’s most significant development sites as the HS2 Interchange Site.

Adjacent to Birmingham Airport, Birmingham International Railway Station and the NEC, and bounded by the M42, A45 and A452, Arden Cross is the selected location for the HS2 Birmingham Interchange station.

The site will be developed as a sustainable urban quarter in Solihull, comprising a minimum of 2.65 million square feet of commercial space, 2,000 homes, complementary retail and leisure amenities, extensive public realm and new transport links.

Ben Gray, project director for Arden Cross said: “Following a highly competitive process, we are confident that we have selected legal advisers with the strength and breadth of skills and experience required to deliver such a complex and large-scale scheme as Arden Cross.”




Real estate partner at Gowling WLG, Nisha Jassal who will be leading the project, said: “Arden Cross is one of the most important strategic developments not just for the Midlands but for the UK as a whole. It is tremendously exciting to be involved in this project, helping create a sustainable mixed-use destination of this scale.

“This development will have a huge positive impact on the regional economy and our whole team, which includes lawyers from across the real estate and infrastructure sectors, are all delighted to be able to play their part in making it happen.”


The site is a part of UK Central, an economic strategic vision being driven by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council and fully supported by the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP), West Midlands Combined Authority and UK Central Government.

The realisation of the overarching vision for the Hub – the first focal point of the UK Central strategy, and home to Arden Cross – will be supported by the Urban Growth Company (UGC), a special purpose delivery vehicle established to lead and develop major infrastructure investment in the area.

Extending to 350 acres (140 hectares), Arden Cross occupies a prominent site with easy access to the M42, M40 and M6 motorways.

Masterplanning is already underway for over 2.65 million sq ft (245,000 sq m) of commercial space suitable for national and international occupiers, 2,000 new homes and complementary retail and leisure amenities.

At the heart of the development is the HS2 Interchange Station – the first stop outside London on the new national High Speed Rail system.

It will connect Curzon Street Station in Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester, while a rapid monorail from the station will whisk visitors and commuters to Birmingham Airport, the NEC and the leisure facilities at World Resorts.

Arden Cross is a key element of UK Central, a vision for the economic prosperity of the region that is supported by the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP), the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) and the UK Central Government.

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