Developer will start work on second phase of £1bn regeneration project this autumn

Longbridge phase two

St Modwen will start construction on the second phase of its £1bn regeneration of the former MG Rover site at Longbridge this autmn.

The developer won planning for the phase this week, which will include a 150,000 sq ft Marks & Spencer store.

Planned completion is scheduled to enable trading by Christmas 2015.

Bill Oliver, chief executive, St. Modwen said: “The development of the new 150,000 sq ft Marks & Spencer store, the anchor of the second phase of the new Town Centre at Longbridge, represents a significant milestone at this major regeneration project and is a key part of our overall aim to create business and employment opportunities in the area.”

Sir Albert Bore, leader of Birmingham City Council said: “It is extremely encouraging for Longbridge to see this substantial level of investment from a major national retailer.

“This significant commitment by Marks & Spencer is a reflection of the ever increasing confidence being generated by Longbridge and in South West Birmingham and recognition of the impressive impact St. Modwen has made in the regeneration of this important brownfield site.”