Developer named as preferred bidder for 20-year scheme providing 7,000 homes on the Ladywood Estate

Berkeley Group’s St Joseph Homes has been named as Birmingham City Council’s preferred development partner for the £2.2bn regeneration of the Ladywood Estate.

The 60-hectare regeneration project will take 20 years to complete and is set to include 7,000 homes, two public parks, improved public transport and community facilities.

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Under the proposal, seven existing tower blocks will be refurbished with additional housing, parks, schools and other community facilities constructed. 

Some of the surrounding homes will be demolished to make space for the redevelopment. There are currenly just under 2,000 homes on the site, so the redevelopment scheme will more than triple the number of residences.

St Joseph’s appointment as developer of the scheme is subject to approval by the council cabinet, with a vote taking place on 27 June 2023.

Cllr John Cotton, leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “The delivery of Ladywood Estate Regeneration Scheme is the city’s most significant housing regeneration and redevelopment opportunity and key to the sustainable growth and development of the city.

“The regeneration of Ladywood Estate will address both social and environmental issues and deliver significant benefits for the local community and wider Birmingham economy.”

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The plans include affordable homes for the local community and more than 14 hectares of green open space, garden streets, sports pitches, a new bridge over the canal and canal towpath improvements.

Plans include a new primary school with four-form entry, a secondary school and a sixth form. The redevelopment will also include a business incubator space.

If approved, St Joseph will sign a development agreement in December this year, with planning for the scheme expected to be submitted 12 months from now and there will be a five-year process of consultation with local residents. 

A proposed timeline suggests phase one of the build could commence in August 2028 with completion dates in 2044. 

In 2025, compulsory purchase orders will be used to buy up land in the area not currently owned by Birmingham City Council.