£1.9bn Smithfield Birmingham plan – what we know


A £1.9 billion scheme that will reshape Birmingham’s city centre has been revealed. 

Smithfield Birmingham.
Credit: Lendlease
by Rory ButlerJanuary 27, 2023

Lendlease is partnering with Birmingham City Council on the regeneration of Smithfield to create a major mixed-use development. 

The scheme’s centrepiece includes a new square for the city’s historic Bull Ring markets – which have operated for more than 200 years – with a rooftop garden and dining hall. 

Lendlease envisions a new “business hub” for the city, spanning more than 1,000,000 sq ft. 

A new events space called Festival Square, designed by James Corner Field Operations, is also proposed.  

Lendlease will also deliver 600 new homes in Phase One of the scheme, with 3,000 more over the coming years, including affordable. 

New green spaces, and walking and cycling routes are also planned.  

Smithfield hosted several events during the Commonwealth Games, and the Smithfield Festival. 


  • Prior+Partners  
  • David Kohn Architects  
  • dRMM  
  • Intervention Architecture 
  • Haworth Tompkins Architects 
  • Minesh Patel Architects  
  • RCKa  

A decision on planning is expected this year, with construction starting after that. 

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