Main contractor for £70m south Birmingham project named by St Modwen

Morgan Sindall has been named as main contractor for the £70m construction of a new town centre in the Birmingham suburb of Longbridge.

The project will see the construction of an 85,000 sqft Sainsbury’s supermarket, two dozen other shops and restaurants, a 75-room hotel, and offices, as part of the transformation of the former MG Rover works.

Project leader St Modwen said infrastructure and construction work for the town cetre would begin shortly and was scheduled for completion in 2013.

Senior development surveyor Mike Murray the development of Longbridge town centre marked a major milestone in the £1bn regeneration scheme of the former MG Rover site.

“With Sainsbury’s already signed up to take the foodstore and many discussions taking place with other national and local retailers and occupiers, Longbridge is set to be a major commercial, leisure and retail destination that will transform the area,” he said.

St Modwen said the opening of the town centre would bring the company’s investment at Longbridge up to £250 million since its acquisition of the site in 2003.

The whole regeneration of Longbridge is a £1 billion project covering 468 acres and aspires to create 10,000 jobs through a diverse range of industries, together with 2,000 new homes, the new town centre, parks and public open spaces.