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Site Of The Century: The Countdown Begins To 42-Acre Wholesale Markets Decision

Busy as ever: the old wholesale market, Birmingham

A long-awaited decision on the future of Birmingham's 42-acre wholesale markets site, in the city's Southside, is due later this summer, with September pencilled into the diary.

A four-stage procurement process was announced as reaching the final tender and evaluation process in March.

Close to the Bullring and New Street, but also well-located for the new Curzon Street HS2 station, the £1B scheme is expected to deliver more than 3M SF of mainly office development along with 3,000 new homes.

The location close to the Digbeth media cluster could also appeal to Channel 4, who have placed Birmingham on the shortlist for a 35K SF national headquarters.

The £50M replacement wholesale market opened for the first time in May.

Cushman & Wakefield, who were appointed in August to advise the council on the selection of a developer, declined to comment.