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New boss at company developing UK Central Hub

Solihull Editorial 29th Jan, 2019   0

The UK Central Urban Growth Company (UGC) in Solihull has a new managing director.

Jonathan Bretherton will head up the group responsible for planning and developing the The UK Central Hub where the HS2 Interchange Station will go.

Jonathan was previously joint chief executive at the South Tees Development Corporation and The South Tees Site Company.

He has held a number of senior regeneration and investment-related roles including an eight-year spell as chief executive of Hereford Futures.

Welcoming the appointment, Nick Brown, chairman of the UGC, said: “We’ll be continuing our work with HS2 to ensure the Interchange Station is at the heart of a whole new, sustainable, urban quarter, and continue the redevelopment planning of Birmingham International Station.

“Alongside that, we’ll be addressing the utilities shortfall in the area and coordinating local transport connectivity, among other projects.

“Jonathan will be instrumental in delivering these ambitious plans which will create Europe’s best-connected destination for business, leisure and living.”

Councillor Ian Courts, deputy leader and cabinet member for managed growth at Solihull Council said: “We have huge ambitions for Solihull, reflected in the council’s UK Central growth strategy, and The Hub plays a key role in delivering a prosperous, sustainable future for our residents and the businesses which invest in our borough.

“We’re pleased that Jonathan is on board to help deliver Solihull Council’s vision.”

Philip Farrell, the UGC’s Development Director who has been acting Managing Director, will continue in his previous role.


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