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Updated designs released for Smithfield Birmingham

Local communities are being invited to attend a series of public information events where they will be able to view updated designs for the landmark scheme planned for Smithfield Birmingham.

Designs are being shared ahead of an updated planning application being submitted later this year, which is due to be considered by Birmingham City Council’s planning committee in early 2024. Plans for the 17-hectare development in the heart of the city have the potential to create major economic opportunities, including 8,000 new jobs.

A market has operated on the site for more than 200 years and, continuing this long history, the revised scheme will provide a home for the city’s historic Bull Ring markets. This will form an iconic new centrepiece for the city centre and include a rooftop garden, dining hall and new market square.

The plans also deliver a workspace campus of over one million square feet, designed to foster partnerships and knowledge-sharing, from Grade A workspace to flexible creative space and makerspace.

Taking advantage of the site’s location next to the artistic and cultural district of Digbeth, the plans being submitted for approval also include a brand new events and gathering space, Manor Square, that will play host to cultural events for thousands of people.

Changes to the designs include a new location for the public square, a new lay out for the Bullring Markets and a reconfiguration of Upper Dean Street. The locations of the new leisure and cultural facilities have also been altered. 

Public consultation begins on 16 October and ends on 14 November 2023.

 Updated plans will be available for people to view at the following locations: 

  • 17 October 2023, 3pm-7pm, St Martin’s Church, Edgbaston Street, B5 5BB  
  • 27 October 2023, 11am-3pm, Bull Ring Indoor Market, 50 Edgbaston Street, B5 4RQ  
  • 1 November 2023, 3pm-7pm, St Martin’s Church, Edgbaston Street, B5 5BB   
  • 11 November 2023, 11am-3pm, Bull Ring Indoor Market, 50 Edgbaston Street, B5 4RQ 


If you are unable to join us at the consultation events to hear about the changes, you can view the updated Smithfield Masterplan and complete our survey on our consultation website.

If you would like a PDF version of the survey or if you have any queries about the plans, please contact us via email on hello@smithfield.co.uk.

Queries about the plans can also be emailed to: hello@smithfield.co.uk.