Making the whole more than the sum of its parts.

Supported by the Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council and the West Midlands Combined Authority, the UGC is a critical catalyst for growth, ensuring that ambitions for the area are fully realised by coordinating investment plans and growth opportunities.

 

The UGC’s main aim is to unlock the potential of the Hub using a set of place-making principles to deliver a comprehensive UK Central Hub Growth and Infrastructure Plan (HGIP).

In turn, this will lead to the creation of a destination that will attract people and businesses, enabling Solihull Council’s vision for the Hub as a key driver of the local and wider Midlands economies, combining the growth ambition of the Hub’s constituent landowners with a clear focus on delivery.

This will shape the creation of high quality commercial space, housing and supporting infrastructure by adhering to the strong design principles necessary for the high quality development of this attractive investment location.

The Hub already benefits from exceptional connectivity on a global scale through Birmingham Airport; on a national scale through the existing international station, the proposed HS2 station and the M42; on a regional level through the road network and proposed public transport improvements; and on a virtual level through cutting edge smart technology and data networks.

To further enhance these connections, the UGC will deploy £1bn of infrastructure investment, leading and delivering major improvements in the area to enhance connectivity and ensure that the HS2 station is connected across the Hub and into the network of travel, employment and leisure opportunities across the region.

Infrastructure and utilities

There will be a need to deliver a significant amount of infrastructure to realise the ambitions of the Hub.

This will include provision of utilities via a new network that balances the need for local distribution with wider capacity upgrades, the delivery of which ahead of need will be critical to the success of the scheme.

While the UGC will continue to promote and coordinate the delivery of all required infrastructure, delivery of primary infrastructure will be the responsibility of various agencies including Highways England, Network Rail and Birmingham Airport, with secondary infrastructure (such as schools, roads, etc.) falling under the remit of the West Midlands Combined Authority and Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council.

The UGC will take on the role of facilitator of these mechanisms and provide an overarching utilities strategy, encouraging the use of common corridors, shared hubs and facilities locations and ensuring engagement with the newly formed National Infrastructure Commission.

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