Land Securities and Sainsburys formed the Harvest Partnership, a JV to redevelop ailing food stores to build ancillary retail and hotel accommodation into the sites. Through this, we had a multiple of UK-wide commissions of which Selly Oak was the largest, with a regional sized food store as the centrepiece to the retail park development on a former domestic refuse site.
Our commission covered masterplanning and LVIA assessment for this significant retail-led, mixed-use development anchored by two large retail stores. The public realm strategy delivered legible connectivity throughout the scheme with a clear hierarchy of spaces, a series of new squares, and an arrival gateway plaza incorporating the existing W&B Canal.
We headed up the Landscape and Visual Impact consultancy testing appropriate massing options for this area south-west of Birmingham. This important work required an initial baseline investigation of the existing landscape character, before making an assessment of the landscape and visual effects of the proposed development. The report concluded with a section analysing the key mitigation measures required.