First glimpse of pictures for one of the tallest buildings in Solihull town centre
This is the first glimpse of what is set to be one of the tallest buildings in Solihull town centre.
The designs for the major new business development, dubbed the Homer Road Gateway, were officially unveiled to the public last week.
Solihull Council bosses have said that the project will create 10,000 sqm of office space, following previous concerns about a shortage of available units in the town centre.
Demolition of the six existing premises, currently standing empty at the corner of Homer Road and Station Road, is set to begin next month.
A formal planning application for the multi-storey building will be submitted within weeks and, subject to approval in the new year, construction will begin in mid to late 2020.
An information board, on show in The Core Library’s foyer, said: “[The development] will form a vital part of the council’s town centre masterplan, which provides a clear blueprint for future investment and development in the town centre over the next 20 years.
“The site is a prominent location in the town centre business quarter, linking Solihull Railway Station to the shopping core.”
Plans show that the new building will be seven storeys plus roof level on Station Road and six storeys at Homer Road.
Sixty car parking spaces will be created at ground level and space will be made available to other local businesses to use for meetings.
The local authority has said the development is intended to be in keeping with other taller blocks in the vicinity, including the Council House a short walk away.
Earlier this year a report prepared by the council’s property team revealed that office space in the town centre had hit “a historic low” and could place the borough at a disadvantage if, for example, it was trying to attract a regional HQ.
While the Homer Road Gateway will be able to cater for this type of base, officers have told the Local Democracy Reporting Service (LDRS) that the building has been designed to accommodate companies of various sizes.
Under the current timetable, the first of these would move in during 2022.
Residents can comment on the plans at the scheme’s official webpage: https://www.investinukcentral.com/zones/solihull/homer-road-gateway/
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