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Exciting visions of the future; Greater Birmingham's plan for growth showcased at MIPIM.

Byline: Graeme Brown Head of Business graeme.brown@trinitymirror.com

GREATER Birmingham has an ambitious growth agenda to meet the needs of its growing population and build a strong and prosperous economy for the future. The following are just some of the key projects central to the delivery of the city's growth strategy, helping to transform the region's economic, infrastructural and cultural offer.

BIRMINGHAM ?Arena Central A 9.2-ACRE development site in Birmingham city centre being delivered by Arena Central Developments Ltd (ACDL), a joint venture between Miller Developments and Pro Vinci Asset Management.

Designed to meet Birmingham's growing demand for high quality office space, the vision for the site is to create a vibrant, class-leading mixed use development all set within a unique and inviting public realm.

Situated in Birmingham's City Centre Enterprise Zone, the development benefits from simplified planning and reduced business rates, and forms a significant part of the city's vision for regeneration, as laid out in the Big City Plan.

Work is already under way on the first phase of the development, which will include the public realm and 2 Arena Central, the building selected by HSBC as the head office of its UK ringfenced bank.

Delivery of the next building on the site is anticipated to start in early 2017.

?Birmingham Curzon HS2 BIRMINGHAM will be at the heart of the UK's high speed rail network, providing a once-in-acentury opportunity to radically enhance the city's national rail connectivity and accelerate its economic growth potential.

A brand new city centre HS2 station - Birmingham Curzon - is planned, together with the National College for High Speed Rail, while the city is already home to the national HS2 construction headquarters.

The Birmingham Curzon masterplan sets out the city's aims for the station, demonstrating how HS2 will maximise the regeneration and development potential of the city centre, with a resultant PS1.4 billion economic uplift.

The masterplan area covers 141 hectares and comprises over 30 strategic development opportunities within the extended city centre Enterprise Zone.

These sites can provide around 4,000 new homes and 600,000 square metres of commercial, leisure and retail floor space, driving forward economic growth linked to the HS2 investment.

?Paradise THE UK's most important city centre development outside London, Paradise Birmingham is at the heart of the transformation of the cultural and civic centre of the city.

Creating a vibrant, office-led development of high quality commercial, civic, retail, leisure and hotel space, the Paradise redevelopment across 17 acres is providing major improvements to pedestrian access across the city and offering greatly enhanced public realm befitting its exemplary historic setting of some of the country's finest Victorian listed buildings.

The PS500 million Paradise scheme is set to create up to 12,000 jobs on completion and will deliver nearly two million square feet of space including offices and a four-star hotel.

THE BLACK COUNTRY ?High Value Manufacturing City THE Black Country 'HVM City' is the development programme driving the advancement of the worldclass design, manufacturing and engineering opportunities in the Black Country.

It will deliver product and process development, advance industrial design standards, foster intelligence and market-leading skills and build sustainable supply chains linked to global economic requirements.

HVM City will add over PS1 billon to the economy, bring forward over 150 hectares of land for advanced manufacturing and create over 25,000 jobs.

HVM City will create the perfect economic conditions for advanced manufacturers to thrive; through investment in world leading people, businesses and places.

?Wolverhampton city centre redevelopment STRATEGIC regeneration of Wolverhampton city centre presents a unique opportunity for investors to be part of a truly transformational scheme, with a range of significant mixed-use opportunities available within the city centre.

The PS120 million Wolverhampton Interchange infrastructure project, a key component in supporting the city's growing economy, is set to radically improve Wolverhampton's transport gateways and connections.

Interchange will be home to a new mainline railway station serving 4.75 million passengers a year on the West Coast Mainline, and an extension to the Midland Metro light rail network will offer direct connectivity to Birmingham City Centre.

?The Black Country Enterprise Zone THERE are a number of opportunities for investors at the helm of the region's industrial heartland. The Black Country Enterprise Zone (BCEZ) has been described as the most successful nationally, and has already generated PS1.5 billion of investment.

A wide range of sectors are encouraged to the site, including advanced manufacturing, transport technologies, construction, environmental and business services.

The Enterprise Zone is located in one of the most competitive areas within the Black Country; home to global giants including Jaguar Land Rover, Carillion, Porsche and Moog.

Benefiting from being located at the heart of the West Midlands manufacturing and distribution networks, with valuable incentives available, the BCEZ covers 120 hectares and is one of the UK's leading business hubs.

The Enterprise Zone and its surrounding areas benefit from excellent regional, national and global connectivity, giving easy access to and from customers, suppliers and business partners.

At the hub of one of the UK's best road and rail networks, 90 per cent of the population are within a four hour drive and intercity rail connections are on the doorstep.

Three million people of a working age live within a 20 mile radius of the Black Country, offering access to vast local labour pools and world-class engineering skills.

There are 16 Higher Education Institutions in the Midlands providing approximately 13,400 graduates per year in Engineering & Technology related subjects.

There are also 10 leading universities, two of the top five UK business schools, eight science parks and a number of specialist further education institutions within 35 miles.

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