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£7.5 million neighbourhood centre completed in Solihull

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29 April 2021

The completion of a new £7.5 million neighbourhood centre at IM Properties’ Blythe Valley Park (BVP) scheme in Solihull has created a new hub for the growing mixed-use community.

Located next to BVP’s Virgin Active Gym, the new centre is a key element of the property company’s placemaking strategy, creating a wide range of community assets to connect and enhance the residential and commercial elements.

750 new homes are currently being built at BVP, with Bloor Homes and Crest Nicholson on site delivering a range of 1,2,3 and 4-bedroom homes, with affordable housing from Bromford Homes. An 80-bed care facility is also currently under construction by Macc Care Group.

The new neighbourhood centre includes a convenience store and space for a further retail or food outlet, with the potential for an outdoor seating area and 48 modern apartments, 36 of which will be rented and retained by IM Properties.

It also has renewable green technology installed to provide power to the communal areas. Residents can benefit from an electric pool car for short journeys, electric car charging points and cycle storage for up to 40 bikes on site.

Richard Knight, technical director at IM Properties said: “We’ve invested significantly at BVP to create high quality spaces which underpin our ambition to create one of the first truly mixed-use schemes in the Midlands which seamlessly blends residential and commercial uses.

‘We’ve made the most of the 122 acres of surrounding parkland and incorporated  green open spaces and high-quality working and living environments which promote a good work life balance and healthy, happy lifestyles.

“As the residential community grows, we’re phasing the implementation of new public open spaces and play areas to encourage a flow of movement across the entire scheme, connecting up cycle routes and walkways, so everyone can enjoy the benefits of the wide-ranging assets.

“The new neighbourhood centre helps to connect the commercial and residential phases and add to the buzz of community life at the heart of the scheme, with people living, working and enjoying leisure time alongside.”

IM Properties is also exploring ways to make the local environment more sustainable and extend its investment in smart street lighting, to incorporate further tech and renewable technology across BVP.

An occupier for the convenience store is expected to be announced shortly.


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Nicky Godding is editor of The Business Magazine. Before her journalism career, she worked mainly in public relations moving into writing when she was invited to launch Retail Watch, a publication covering retail and real estate across Europe.

After some years of constant travelling, she tucked away her passport and concentrated on business writing, co-founding a successful regional business magazine. She has interviewed some of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs who have built multi-million-pound businesses and reported on many science and technology firsts.

She reports on the region’s thriving business economy from start-ups, family businesses and multi-million-pound corporations, to the professionals that support their growth and the institutions that educate the next generation of business leaders.

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