The UK Central Hub sets out Solihull’s ambitions to maximise the opportunity provided by the HS2 interchange and surrounding site. Developed for Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council's Urban Growth Company (UGC) the landmark plan outlines the vision for development and investment to position the region as a major driver of economic growth.
Arup’s multidisciplinary team has been involved in the Hub project since 2012. The growth and infrastructure plan marks the latest milestone of our contribution to UK Central, building on the high level strategic overview of the UK Central masterplan. Already home to global businesses and strategic economic assets, Birmingham Airport, the NEC and Jaguar Land Rover, the comprehensive infrastructure plan sets out a strategic direction to maximise these and the future Arden Cross development which, combined, can have a transformational impact on the wider Midlands region and beyond.
775,000m2 of development land and space
An unprecedented scale
We developed a strategy which outlines the long-term growth plans for key stakeholders and the infrastructure needed to deliver the full potential of the Hub. The potential scale is unprecedented: 775,000 m2 of new commercial and mixed use floor space; up to 4,000 new homes and the delivery of a major economic boost worth up to £4.1bn in GVA each year. Through this vision, the UGC expects the creation of up to 77,500 new jobs.
The Hub in Solihull is the location of the HS2 Interchange Station, which will place the area 38 minutes from London Euston and create one of the best connected places in the UK by rail, road and air.
Arup has absolutely delivered a business solution that meets UGC’s needs ” Huw Lewis Managing Director, UK Central Urban Growth Company
Arup has been involved in developing the wider strategy for UK Central and masterplanning key areas of the Hub since 2012. We are pleased to be working alongside the UGC and stakeholders, to develop a joint vision and strategy to deliver the significant global growth ambitions for the Hub. ” Malcolm Smith Global Masterplanning and Urban Design Leader
The plan seen as an exemplar on how to coordinate and maximise growth potential around proposed HS2 stations; and we continue to work with UGC to refine the framework within the plans.