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Is Martineau Galleries' Long Wait For Development About To End?

The clock tower at Priory Square, part of the Martineau Galleries site

Tick, tock. Time eventually outruns us all. But for the concrete brutalist horror which currently occupies the 6.5-acre slice of Birmingham's Martineau Galleries site, time may be up.

A planning application which envisages 1.4M SF of office space along with 400 hotel rooms and residential is due for submission soon by Turley, advising landowner Hammerson.

If an application is submitted this summer, work on-site could begin in 2021, with completion of the entire 2.7M SF scheme due, in phases, by 2038, Business Desk reported.

The office-led development has been hailed as a potential Brindleyplace for the east side of Birmingham, with the benefit of proximity to the Curzon Street HS2 rail station.

Martineau Galleries is the final part of three centres originally slated for development by the Birmingham Alliance. Partners Hammerson and Land Securities completed Martineau Place and the Bullring. Hammerson took sole control of the Galleries in 2014.

The brutalist concrete and Portland Stone assemblage was designed by Sir Frederick Gibberd and opened in 1966. A small clock tower was added in the 1990s in an effort to humanise the mix of ramps, platforms and levels.