St. Modwen Properties PLC, the UK-based company which specialises in the regeneration of brownfield and urban environments, has confirmed that two derelict buildings at the former MG Rover car factory site in Longbridge – CAB 1 and CAB 2 – will begin to be demolished from Monday 13 January 2020.
Squibb Group, the specialist demolition contractor, has been appointed by St. Modwen to carry out the 40-week programme, following a successful working relationship over the past 10 years. To mark the history of the site, a number of fixture and fittings, such as lighting, have been retained from the buildings and will be incorporated in future developments throughout Longbridge.
The company is also planning to retain and repurpose several of the historic buildings as part of the Longbridge heritage, such as the Roundhouse (pictured above in happier times), the former MG Rover International Headquarters and a section of Car Assembly Building (CAB) 1. This is a major milestone in the regeneration of Longbridge which has, according to St. Modwen, seen the creation of more than 3000 new jobs in the area.
St. Modwen says that the demolition will allow for further development of the area, which so far has incorporated the building of more than 1100 homes, with another 400 under construction. In addition, more than one million square feet of commercial floor space, including the £70 million town centre. Other new developments in the area built since the closure of MG Rover in 2005 include:
- 60,000 sq ft Longbridge Technology Park
- £66m purpose-built Bournville College
- Three-acre Austin Park, including the daylighting of the River Rea
- Bespoke medical accommodation for the Ministry of Defence
- 260-apartment Extracare retirement village
Further plans for the next phases of regeneration at Longbridge will be announced during 2020.