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518-524 Stratford Road, Sparkhill, Birmingham, B11 4AJ 555 Sq M (5,974 Sq Ft) Leasehold Price:
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Stephens McBride Robert Taylor
Stephens McBride
Birmingham
0121 706 7766

Meeting Room Space in Longbridge

Longbridge is an area of Birmingham, England. For local government purposes it is a ward within the district of Northfield.

To the immediate south-west lie the Lickey Hills, a favourite recreation spot for the people of southern Birmingham. From the south-east the railway line from Barnt Green divides Longbridge off from the Bittell Reservoirs: Longbridge railway station on the Cross-City Line stands opposite the Longbridge plant, near the Bristol Road (A38). The Austin Sports and Social Club is one of the many social clubs in the area.

Surrounding areas include Rubery, Kings Norton, Rednal, Northfield centre and West Heath.

Since 1905, the area has been dominated by the Longbridge plant, which produced Austin, Nash Metropolitan, Morris, British Leyland, and most recently MG Rover cars.

The factory became dormant, and some parts of the older sections of the site were demolished after MG Rover fell into administration in April 2005.

The company, renamed MG Motor (owned by MG Rover's would-be partner Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation) resumed full MG TF sports car production at the factory in August 2008 and In late 2010 started final assembly of the MG6.

Longbridge Technology Park is attracting many local, national and international technology focused businesses to the area. Existing office opportunities include the Innovation Centre and Two Devon Way, which are ideally suited to small and medium sized businesses.

The Longbridge plant is an industrial complex situated in the Longbridge area of Birmingham, United Kingdom. It is currently owned by SAIC Motor and is a manufacturing and research and development facility for its MG Motor subsidiary.

Opened in 1905, by the late 1960s Longbridge was the largest car plant in the world and employed around 250,000 workers.[5] A wide variety of products have been produced at the site during its history, although the core product has been cars, most notably the original two-door Mini. During the Second World War the main plant produced munitions and tank parts, while the nearby East Works of Austin Aero Ltd at Cofton Hackett produced several types of aeroplane such as the Short Stirling and the Hawker Hurricane.

Originally founded by an engineer and entrepreneur, the site has had a variety of private owners, as well as a period of state ownership. Since the collapse of MG Rover in 2005 part of the site has been redeveloped for commercial and residential usage.[6] The remaining 69 acres of the site are owned by SAIC.

Cofton Centre
After the collapse of MG Rover group the old XPower building was transferred to EH Smiths Builders Merchants, PRG lighting also took over a large warehouse/factory unit and 2 other Warehouse/Factory units were constructed on the site.

Residential

2000 new homes are due to be built on various parts of the site; the first development along Lickey Lane called Park View due to its proximity of Cofton Park, had government approval for home start funding to construct the first of 115 homes on the site. When the coalition government took over this was one of the schemes to face the axe in the budget cuts. However, the developer found the cash to put forward to build the homes, and work commenced in late 2010. According to press releases the homes are selling far better than imagined and planning permission has been applied for Longbridge East, the former Powertrain plant. This land will house 725 new dwellings, built in phases with phase one consisting of 229 of the homes. There will also be a community centre and childs play area and new associated access and road works. The River Rea like the town centre will be bought back to surface out of its current culvert and incorporated in to a park. Work will begin on site early 2012 providing planning is granted.
[edit]Bournville College at Longbridge

Bournville College have also taken part of the Former factory site just off the Longbridge Lane/Bristol Road, over the road from the Technology Centre. The site incorporates a gold-clad conference suite, a turquoise/blue clad sports hall, motor vehicle workshop and construction workshop and a main 6 storey gradual sloping building clad in blue going from dark to light as it nears the top.At the back of the building which will lead on to the Austin Park it is clad in a shiney white cladding with big wooden beams stretching out and forming the wrap around a glass rectangular building which houses the library and learning resource centre. The campus will incorporate Bournville Colleges current 3 sites into one and allow for 15,000+ students, and relieving the old campuses for redevelopment. The new site is now open for the academic year.
[edit]Longbridge Town Centre

An outline Planning App was put forward to Birmingham City Council for the town Centre, it will include 25 new shops and restaurants with a major supermarket, (Sainsburys) with underground car parking. The retail will account for over 150,000 sq ft. An Austin Memorial Centre, The River Rea being bought back to the surface as a focal point in the centre of a newly formed 2 acre park called Austin Park, surrounded by the Bournville college campus and the new retail outlets and supermarket. Public consultation happened in the Autumn of 2010. The Sainsburys supermarket is earmarked to be built and up and running for Easter 2013. There will also be a 75 bed hotel and 40 apartments overlooking the new park. The town centre will contain a total of near 700 parking spaces. The retail outlets have had a lot of interest shown in them including high end retailers given the location to affluent areas such as Barnt Green.
[edit]Myplace Youth Centre

A Youth Centre will also be constructed on the land by the Austin social club and the nursery. The youth Centre will house IT, media and music suites, a dance studio, sports hall, conference suites, arts space, workshops and outdoor astroturf and games area. The centre is currently under construction and due for completion Summer 2012.

Bristol Road South Reconfiguration

Following the announcement of Bournvilles intentions to take part of the site an outline application was drawn up for new road access, it was also looked into about the re configuration of the Bristol Road South, it was found that the roundabout at the Bristol Road and Lickey Lane caused traffic to slow down at this point and was decided along with the road access and other associated roadworks with the new town centre and college, that the Bristol Road South would be realigned to incorporate a smooth curve, keeping the traffic moving, this is likely to result in the demolition of the former MG Rover training and learning development centre, currently held by Bournville College as a temporary construction campus, the old Longbridge railway station, tickets and parcels building is also likely to be lost. John Sisk & Sons were appointed contractors for the work and began on site in the summer of 2010, however the original Longbridge Train Station is a listed building so the plans were to be revised with a view towards keeping the existing layout.

Great Park

A major development aimed to improve the Longbridge ward was the Great Park development in Rubery[1] by Corporate Land Developments Ltd. The 200-acre (0.81 km2) site just off junction 4 on the M5 Motorway has been developed into a community with offices, houses, industrial units, Empire Cinemas, Hollywood Bowl, Premier Inn, Brewers Fayre, Morrisons, Gala Bingo, Green's Fitness and an area of public open space.

The housing developments were undertaken by Crest Nicholson, Bellway, Barratt Developments and David Wilson Homes and provided a variety of homes. This was completed in 2002. Leisure facilities provided include a cinema, bowling complex, restaurants, health and fitness centre, social and bingo club, a day nursery and a 60 bedroom hotel. An all weather pitch, funded by the developers, was also created and is in the possession of Birmingham City Council. In June 2000, a 52,000-square-foot (4,800 m2) manufacturing unit was completed for Draexlmaier Automotive UK. A further four industrial units are to be constructed to individual occupiers requirements.

In March 2007, Mark Kent was employed as Town Centre Manager to oversee the redevelopment of Longbridge as a community following the closure of the MG Rover factory. Kent's role is to implement the integration of the new factory units being constructed with the existing Longbridge town centre and suburbs. The 13 acres (53,000 m2) of land which has been freed up following the demolition of more than half of the former MG Rover factory floorspace (now owned by SAIC) has been allocated for a new town centre for the once bustling and soon to be redeveloped area.

As a result of the development 1,500 jobs will have been created at a total cost of over £400 million.

A Brief History of Austin and Longbridge: The Early Years

The War Years | Post War to 2005

The Early Years
Herbert Austin, founder of the Austin Motor Company, was born 8th November 1866 at Grange Farm, Little Missenden, Buckinghamshire. His family moved to Wentworth, Yorkshire where his father was appointed farm bailiff on Earl Fitzwilliam's estate. He was educated at Wentworth School, Rotherham Grammar School and Brampton Commercial College.

His mother secured an engineering apprenticeship for him with a firm in Melbourne, Australia, which he took up in 1884. After working for a number of companies he was invited by Frederick Wolseley to work for the Wolseley Sheep Shearing Company. He was so successful that he was offered the post of manager of their British operations, which he accepted and returned to England in 1893. Kellys Directory for Birmingham, 1894, names Herbert Austin as Inspector of the Wolseley Sheep Shearing Machine Co. Ltd., 58 Broad Street.

Whilst working for Wolseley he built 2 experimental tri-cars, the first in 1895 and the second in 1896. This second car was exhibited at the Crystal Palace exhibition of that year.

The first 4 wheel Wolseley was built in 1899. This car was entered for the Automobile Club of Great Britains 1,000-mile trial in 1900 and took first prize. In 1901 the Wolseley Tool and Motor Company, with financial backing from the Vickers Armaments concern, was founded at Adderley Park with Austin as its manager. In 1905 Austin resigned from the Company in order to start his own company the Austin Motor Company.

Austin had identified a suitable site for his factory whilst working for Wolseley's. The site, seven miles from Birmingham, was at Longbridge. It was well served by road and rail with ample room for future expansion. Finance for the company was provided by: Austin, Frank Kayser of Kayser, Ellison and Company, and Harvey du Cros of the Dunlop Rubber Company. Although the purchase of the site and buildings actually took place on 26th January 1906, Austin had already installed himself and his staff in the empty buildings and was at work well in advance of that date. The reason for this was that Austin wanted to exhibit at the Olympia Motor Show in November 1905. One of Harvey du Cross businesses: Du Cros Mercedes Limited, allowed Austin to use part of their stand to promote the fledgling company. Austin and his draughtsmen, armed with blueprints, generated considerable interest and managed to secure a number of firm orders.

When the first accounts for the company were published in October 1906 the net turnover for the company was 4,772 with 23 cars being sold: mainly 25/30's with a few 15/20's. By the following year the net turnover was nearly 00,000 and 147 sold. Austin enjoyed some small success during this period: the first car produced was entered in the 1906 Scottish Reliability Trial, and made a 3 day non-stop run. The second car built won the 100 guineas Dunlop Challenge Cup in the Irish Reliability Trial. Also in this year the 15/20 model had its bore increased by 1/8" and became the 18/24.

A private limited liability company was formed in 1908 by Austin, Kayser and du Cros with turnover going up to 19,744 and 254 cars sold. The 18/24 remained but the 25/30 got bored out to become the 40. Other manufacturers were making 6 cylinder engines, Austin could not ignore this development so he added 2 extra cylinders to the 40 and so the 60 was born. 1909 saw the introduction of a smaller, cheaper engined car: the 15. The 15 was unusual in that the driver sat centrally and above the engine. The 15 continued in production until 1919.

By 1910 nearly 1,000 workers were employed at Longbridge and a night shift was found to be necessary.

The 10 was announced at the Motor Show of 1910. This was another small, cheap model aimed at the Continental market, and made available in Britain in 1911. 1910 also saw the introduction of a very small, single cylinder engined model 7. Only 1 model 7 was built at Longbridge before production was transferred to the Swift Works in Coventry, a company owned by Harvey du Cros.

The Company successfully diversified into marine engines and also produced a 2/3 ton lorry in 1913.

In February 1914 the Company went into public ownership, the capitalisation realising 50,000.

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