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Look inside proposed office development for Solihull

Solihull Editorial 5th Feb, 2020   0

THESE are the latest architect’s images for a multi-million pound office development in Solihull.

Westgate, on Homer Road, is set to put 10,000sq m of Grade A office space close to Touchwood shopping centre and Solihull railway station.

Six houses and mature trees are being cleared to make way for the speculative eight-storey office block, built by Solihull Council.

Plans are now before the council which, if approved, would form part of the council’s new town centre masterplan which the local authority says ‘provides a blueprint for future investment and development in the town centre over the next 20 years’.

Planners have supported the designs, which are set to go before councillors this month.

Designs for the office block have been drawn by the council’s in-house architects.

In October 2019, the council said the decision would be made in January, but this looks to have been delayed until March.

Solihull Council said: “Westgate is a landmark building to send a message of the council’s intent and commitment.

“The Gateway Building provides the first catalyst for future investment and development, it acts as a beacon for the council’s resolve for sustainability.

“It is a communiqué to potential investors that Solihull is changing, and a substantial increase of the public realm and improvement to place making.

“It also provides much-needed high-quality grade A office space.”

“The vision is to optimise the potential development of a prime site within Solihull’s commercial district by providing a landmark Grade A+ speculative office development. By providing a development containing larger floor plates, which could attract a major organisation into Solihull, and which emphasises the scale and prominence of the development.

“The scheme includes enhancements to the public realm, improvements to pedestrian connectivity and provides an attractive setting for new development.”


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