Digbeth is evolving from its industrial roots, from the heart of Birmingham’s industrial revolution to a modern thriving creative community.
Oval Real Estate, the owners of the Custard Factory and other buildings in Digbeth, have been developing long term plans for the estate.
We shared our draft plans in November 2019 and we are very grateful to those of you who took the time to speak with us and provide us with feedback as part of the public consultation. Since then we have been working closely with our architects and technical teams to further develop our plans, taking consultation responses into account.
A planning application has been submitted to Birmingham City Council which would allow Oval to invest in the area over the next 10 - 15 years.
Long term vision
Oval has submitted a hybrid planning application for 42 acres of Digbeth that provides a framework and long term vision for the area that is centred round the iconic Custard Factory.
The Custard Factory and Bond Company will be reimagined, the River Rea exposed, the canal celebrated, Fazeley Street and Floodgate Street reactivated and Brunel’s Duddeston Viaduct turned into a new publicly accessible sky park. Up to 2.2 million square feet of commercial space and 1850 homes will be provided alongside shops, restaurants, cafés and additional leisure facilities creating over 16,000 new jobs and boosting the local Birmingham economy and wider West Midlands area.
Birmingham City Council will now undertake its own consultation on the plans before considering the planning application. The application documents can be found on the planning pages of Birmingham City Council’s website. The planning application number is 2020/03634/PA.