SOLIHULL Council has named Muse as its development partner to bring forward regeneration plans for Mell Square.
Working with the Council and other key stakeholders, Muse will help to deliver the transformation of Mell Square over the next ten years.
Solihull Council took ownership of Mell Square in April 2021 in order to support the delivery of its Town Centre Masterplan.
The redevelopment will focus on attracting new restaurants, bars and retailers to the town centre, as well a creating a mixed residential neighbourhood.
Coun Ian Courts, Leader of Solihull Council and Portfolio Holder for the Economy, said: “Today’s announcement marks a crucial milestone in our plans to transform and reenergise the heart of our town centre.
“As well as creating new space for high quality retailers, restaurateurs, independent businesses and providing a range of new housing right in the heart of the town centre, this scheme will also bring benefits for the wider borough in terms of investment, new jobs and training opportunities.
“Over time, new communities making their homes in our town centre will bring a boost to local businesses and feed our growing evening economy.”
The Council will now seek to enter into a Development Agreement with Muse, which will need to be approved by Cabinet.
Once in place, following public consultation and subject to planning, the first phase of long-term redevelopment could get underway as early as Autumn 2025.
This initial phase will focus on the redevelopment of the vacant House of Fraser building and is unlikely to directly impact any of the businesses or retailers currently trading in Mell Square.
Maggie Grogan, Muse Managing Director – Midlands, said: “We are proud to have been selected by the Council to deliver the regeneration of Mell Square and support the ambitious vision for Solihull town centre.”
“Our focus is on working in partnership with local authorities and communities to deliver quality new places.
“This means regeneration with people at its heart. A place which will celebrate Solihull’s heritage and help define its future.
“As we work with the Council to develop the proposals we will engage closely with the community.
“We want to understand what is needed in Solihull and how we can deliver a vibrant town centre for generations to come.”