St. Modwen has completed work on a £1 million village hall in south Birmingham as part of its redevelopment of Longbridge, the former site of carmaker MG Rover.
The state-of-the-art 4,000 sq ft facility features a kitchen, a main hall, a community room, a meeting room, office space and a sheltered external activity area.
The building is part of St. Modwen’s regeneration of Longbridge, with 3,000 jobs created in the town to date. The transformation of the 200-acre brownfield site includes 1,200 homes, a new £70 million town centre with the Midlands’ largest Marks & Spencer store and leading retail outlets, hotels, restaurants, a new park, a 60,000 sq ft Technology Park, a £66 million purpose-built college, a retirement village and medical accommodation for the Ministry of Defence.
The hall provides a vital asset for the local community and marks the beginning of St. Modwen’s second phase of development, with plans to bring further employment space and a new leisure offer to the town.
Rob Flavell, Head of Major Projects at St. Modwen, said: “Longbridge was a very different place a decade ago. A downturn in the automotive manufacturing industry resulted in mass redundancies, hugely impacting the local economy and prospects for people who lived and worked here.
“It’s a different place now – a thriving business hub, a bustling shopping and dining destination and an area with pockets of immense natural beauty. What hasn’t changed, though, is the incredible and inspiring sense of community. Completing and gifting this facility to the local residents has been a real highlight in our journey so far and we know it will be cherished for many years to come.”