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7 March 2023
Studio Egret West Appointed To £3.2bn Arden Cross Regeneration Project

Muse, the nationwide placemaker, has appointed world-renowned architect, urban designer and landscape architect, Studio Egret West, to lead on the creation of a new masterplan for the £3.2bn Arden Cross regeneration.

Arden Cross regeneration West Midlands

The once-in-a-generation creation of a new neighbourhood in the heart of the West Midlands, maximises the opportunity of the HS2 Interchange Station at Arden Cross in Solihull and is being enabled by the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) with £57m committed to date to the wider infrastructure.

It will become an exciting new community, creating up to 27,000 jobs as well as up to 3,000 homes, places to work and innovate, alongside vital infrastructure and attractive public spaces for all to enjoy.

In November 2022, Muse was selected as the development partner for the 346-acre scheme by the landowning partnership Arden Cross Limited, and the team has looked to accelerate momentum behind the project by appointing Studio Egret West as the new masterplanner.

Both Muse and Studio Egret West will now work with wider partners and stakeholders in the UK Central Hub, of which Arden Cross is just one component, and includes HS2, Department for Transport, Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council, and the Urban Growth Company. All partners are working together to deliver a range of shared priorities and to bring forward a refreshed vision for one of the UK’s most important regeneration opportunities.

In September 2022, the Arden Cross partnership also signed memorandums of understanding with the University of Warwick and University Hospitals Birmingham, to investigate the potential of a medical and technology campus as part of the proposals which will be included in the revised masterplan.

Studio Egret West has a vast portfolio of designing holistic masterplans in partnership. The firm has led on the design for the regeneration of Digbeth in Birmingham, Mayfield in Manchester, and New Bermondsey in London among others across the world.

Studio Egret West is one of the UK’s most experienced practices, in bringing forward regeneration frameworks with strong narratives that are a balanced combination of people focused, amplified nature, and unlocking infrastructure.

Maggie Grogan, development director at Muse, said: “Studio Egret West is one of the most exciting and experienced practices around, so we’re thrilled to have them on board to support the delivery of Arden Cross.

“It’s a sign of our shared ambition that we’re moving swiftly and wasting no time in creating the ingredients to bring forward a new sustainable destination for the region.

“In due course, we’ll showcase a new masterplan and refreshed vision, and will work closely with the community and other stakeholders to develop it. Our approach will be bold, creative, collaborative and we’ll work tirelessly to deliver for the people of the West Midlands.”

David West, Founding Director of Studio Egret West commented: “Arden Cross is a top 10 UK regeneration opportunity and incredibly complex given the major infrastructure at its heart.

“The opportunity to craft a multi-layered environment that blends the city with the countryside is what makes the project so exciting. We hope to interweave a place activating programme with nature-based systems.

“With our experience delivering similar types of schemes, both in the West Midlands and elsewhere, we are looking forward to developing a masterplan vision which the region can be proud of.”

Centrally located and globally connected, Arden Cross is on its way to becoming a major global destination providing a world class environment for working, living, learning and leisure.

Muse – the nationwide placemaker

The nationwide placemaker, Muse, has almost 40 years of experience creating mixed-use communities across the UK.

Our track record of leading complex, mixed-use regeneration gives us the experience to deliver successful places, with the emphasis on sustainability, community and quality. We’re working with partners in 40 places across the UK from Bradford to Brentford, from Salford to Lewisham, with close to 2,500 new homes and 800,000 sq ft of workspace currently on site and a gross development value of over £1.2bn.

We combine local insight with the resources and capabilities of a nationwide organisation. Our regional teams are based in Salford, Leeds, London and Birmingham.

As part of Morgan Sindall Group, we have the financial strength of a leading UK construction and regeneration group with an annual revenue of £3.6bn.

Our focus is on strong partnerships in the many places we work across the UK and our national strategic joint ventures, The English Cities Fund – with Legal & General and Homes England – and Waterside Places with the Canal & River Trust.

We’re building a brighter future, together.

Arden Cross

Extending to 346 acres (140 hectares), Arden Cross occupies a prominent site with easy access to the M42, M40 and M6 motorways.

At the heart of the development is the HS2 Interchange Station – the first stop outside London on the new national High Speed Rail system. It will connect to Curzon Street Station in Birmingham, Manchester, and the East Coast Main Line while an automated people mover (APM) from the station will whisk visitors and commuters to the NEC and the leisure facilities at Resorts World, Birmingham International Station and Birmingham Airport.

The Arden Cross Consortium is formed of the three landowners who between them own the Arden Cross development site: Birmingham City Council, Coleshill Estate and Packington Estate.

The Consortium has formed a special purpose vehicle, Arden Cross Limited, to bring forward the development which is anticipated to be delivered over a period of circa 20 years.

12 Feb 2020
Plus X Brighton, Brighton, East Sussex, Southern England, UK
Architects: Studio Egret West and TP Bennett
Plus X Brighton East Sussex design by Studio Egret West Architects London
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Plus X Brighton
This new innovation hub opening in March at Preston Barracks, Brighton aims to be the first building in the city to be accredited Platinum standard by the WELL Building Institute, with its design and fit out focused solely on the health and wellness of its future occupants.

19 Jun 2013
Park Hill, Sheffield, northern England, UK
Design with Hawkins/Brown
Park Hill Sheffield
photograph © Daniel Hopkinson
Park Hill Sheffield
RIBA National Award 2013 The client and the architects have addressed the somewhat contradictory demands of conservation and commerce. The team has worked with stakeholders English Heritage to find a balance between retaining the Brutalist language while changing public perception of the building. New iridescent coloured panels give the street frontage a changing face while not challenging the original architecture.

10 Dec 2012
Orbit Park, Moscow, Russia
The Orbit Park will be at Khodynka Field, a former Moscow airport, and will contain a museum about Russian aviation and space.

30 Nov 2012
Old Vinyl Factory redevelopment, London, UK
The Old Vinyl Factory transformation, Blyth Road in Hayes, Hillingdon, north west London.

12 Apr 2012
The Shoal Stratford, London, Southeast England, UK
Date built: 2012
The Stratford Shoal design by Studio Egret West Architects
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The Shoal Stratford
The architecture office is delighted to announce the completion of ʻThe Stratford Shoalʼ, a 250m titanium sculpture in Stratford, London. The Shoal is a public realm intervention, which aims to improve the urban continuity and legibility of the existing 1970ʼs Stratford Centre. In the 70ʼs, the Stratford Centre was created with a positive frontage to the existing high street to itʼs south.

5 Feb 2008
Future Clapham, southwest London, England, UK
Date built: 2008-12
Future Clapham design by Studio Egret West Architects
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Future Clapham : Mixed-use development incl. library and cafe
Lambeth Council has approved the selection of Cathedral Group to deliver a £75 m landmark scheme which will transform leisure services in Clapham town centre, providing the borough with the most sustainable leisure centre in the UK, a state-of-the-art new library, a new GP surgery and some of the most high quality residential accommodation in the borough including 40% affordable housing in partnership with housing association L&Q

Key Projects by Studio Egret West Architects

Featured Buildings by Studio Egret West, alphabetical:

MediPark for Nottingham, England
Date built: 2009-
MediPark Nottingham
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MediPark Nottingham

Middlehaven Regeneration Masterplan, Middlesbrough, Cleveland, Northeast England, UK
Masterplan Architects: Will Alsop / Studio Egret West Architects: Grimshaw & FAT
Middlehaven Regeneration design by Studio Egret West Architects
image from BioRegional Quintain PR
English Masterplan
£200m regeneration of former docks: homes, hotel, offices & leisure facilities Tees Valley Regeneration + BioRegional Quintain

Park Hill – Housing Redevelopment, Sheffield, Yorkshire, UK
Design with Hawkins Brown
Park Hill Sheffield
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Housing Renewal by Studio Egret West Urban Splash development – listed sixties deck-access housing blocks Sheffield City Council + English Partnerships

Tower 42 development City of London, England
Tower 42
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Tower 42 London

More Studio Egret West projects online soon

Other projects by this British design office:

Ancoats project, Manchester, Northwest England, UK

Mixed-use building – proposal, Sidcup, Kent, UK

Location: 3 Brewhouse Yard, Clerkenwell, London EC1V 4JQ, UK

London Architecture Practice Information

Architects studio based in London EC1, England

This British architecture practice was established in November 2004 by Christophe Egret and David West with a shared vision: To offer strategy with architectural specificity; and specificity within an overall strategy.

Key Awards for this architecture practice:

2016 Building Design AYA
Infrastructure Architect of the Year- Shortlisted

2015 London Design Awards
Architecture Category LU Design Idiom Shortlisted

2014 Construction Excellence
Project of the Year East Croydon Bridge Shortlisted

2014 Construction News
Best Innovation East Croydon Bridge Shortlisted

2014 Construction Excellence
Best Innovation East Croydon Bridge Shortlisted

2014 Construction Excellence
Health & Safety East Croydon Bridge Shortlisted

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