Muse will deliver the regeneration of a town centre in the West Midlands over the next ten years.
The company has been named as the preferred development partner of Solihull Council for its Mell Square scheme.
The council took ownership of Mell Square in April 2021 to deliver its Town Centre Masterplan.
The first phase will focus on the redevelopment of the vacant House of Fraser building, which the council said is “unlikely to directly impact” any nearby businesses.
However, some retailers will have to relocate throughout the scheme “when it becomes necessary”.
The wider development includes new restaurants, bars and retailers, public spaces and transport links, and new housing as part of a “mixed residential neighbourhood”.
Following public consultation and subject to planning approval, the first phase could get underway in Autumn 2025.
“As retail habits and the way we use our local centres continue to change, we need to ensure what we are offering also evolves,” said councillor Ian Courts, leader of Solihull Council.
Adding: “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.”
Maggie Grogan, Muse managing director – Midlands, said: “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.”
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