The Hub is home to some of the Midlands’ key economic assets, each of which has their own ambitions for growth that have been incorporated into the overarching vision for the evolution of the area.


The National Exhibition Centre (NEC) is one of Europe’s most prestigious venues.

The NEC Group and Birmingham City Council (BCC) have prepared a high level masterplan for the NEC site responding to known current market demand for leisure related land uses and forecast demand based on research and the ambition of UKC for the M42 corridor.

The ambition of the land use masterplan for the NEC site is to work seamlessly with the NEC group’s existing live events business. The proposed land uses complement these business lines to enable a compelling lifestyle brand for the NEC site to be created and promoted.

Birmingham Airport

The demand for increased airport infrastructure in the UK is significant.

Several UK airports are currently planning further runways and terminals to meet growing demand. Additional capacity should connect the UK’s regions and businesses to the world and allow them to grow.

The Midlands is the UK’s industrial heart for engineering, science and technology employment. Birmingham Airport seek to maximise this potential at the site to support a national and regional need by increasing capacity within the existing assets and seeking alternative options for future growth within the Hub.

Jaguar Land Rover

JLR is a major international business and one of the biggest local and national employers.

Creating both direct and indirect jobs within the UK, its’ ambitions for the Solihull campus are to significantly grow and modernise its vehicle production and manufacturing capability including a new logistic centre.

The phased longer term proposals set out in this plan around JLR’s expansion are an ambition only and would be subject to future business cases and planning approval.

Arden Cross Consortium

Arden Cross is the UK’s best-connected development opportunity.

Being delivered by a consortium of four landowners, the vision for Arden Cross is to create a vibrant, exciting and bustling community comprising high quality homes, commercial space, and retail and leisure facilities.

At the heart of the development is the HS2 Interchange Station. Masterplanning is already underway for over 245,000m2 of commercial space suitable for national and international occupiers, 2,000 new homes and complementary retail and leisure amenities. These plans will seek to blend high quality development with the existing landscape to create distinctive places.

Birmingham Business Park

Birmingham Business Park is (BBP) is the most established out of town office park in the Midlands.

Set within 148 acres of mature parkland, BBP comprises 2.4m sq ft of high quality office space and is home to more than 100 companies, including Rolls Royce, IMI, Fujitsu, Goodyear, Beiersdorf and Changan Automotive, and circa 7,000 employees.

Just minutes from Junction 6 of the M42, BBP is perfectly located for easy access to all the major road and motorway networks as well as rail and air links, with Birmingham International Station, Birmingham Airport and the proposed HS2 Interchange within close proximity. BBP also forms part of UK Central (previously known as the M42 Economic Gateway), which supports an estimated 100,000 jobs region-wide and contributes £5.1bn to regional GDP.

BBP offers tenants a range of on site amenities including shops, a café, nursery, and dry cleaners. It also committed to community engagement and health and well-being with a programme of regular events, from yoga classes to running and cycling clubs, and once a month holds a ‘Foodie Friday’ food fayre for tenants to network and socialise.



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