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General Listings up to 1 mile (1.6 km):
Type Distance Address Size Terms Contact
Shop
Retail
0.7 miles
(1.1 km)
1275-1277 Bristol Road South, Longbridge, Birmingham, B45 9UA 315.41 Sq M (3,395 Sq Ft) Rent PAX:
POA
Wiggins Lockett Thompson Anthony Wiggins
Wiggins Lockett Thompson
Telford
01952 603303
Shop
Retail
0.8 miles
(1.3 km)
1155 Bristol Road South, Birmingham, B31 2SL 92.9 Sq M (1,000 Sq Ft) Freehold price:
POA
Mr James Mattin
Bond Wolfe
West Bromwich
0121 525 0600
Shop
Retail
0.9 miles
(1.4 km)
1275-1277 Bristol Road South, Nothfield, Birmingham, B31 2RP 315.41 Sq M (3,395 Sq Ft) Rent PAX:
POA
Burley Browne Burley Browne
0121 321 3441
General Listings up to 3 miles (4.8 km):
Type Distance Address Size Terms Contact
Shop
Retail
1.4 miles
(2.3 km)
818 Bristol Road South, Northfield, B31 2NS 59.46 Sq M (640 Sq Ft) Freehold price:
POA
Andrew Thompson & Co
01527 889 449
Shop
Retail
1.6 miles
(2.5 km)
748 Bristol Road South, Northfield, B31 2NN 74.97 Sq M (807 Sq Ft) Leasehold Price:
POA
Andrew Thompson & Co
01527 889 449
Shop
Retail
1.6 miles
(2.5 km)
756 Bristol Road South, Northfield, B31 2NN 70.42 Sq M (758 Sq Ft) Leasehold Price:
POA
Andrew Thompson & Co
01527 889 449
Shop
Retail
1.6 miles
(2.6 km)
741 Bristol Road South, Northfield, Birmingham, B31 2NG 84 Sq M (904 Sq Ft) Rent PAX:
POA
Birmingham Property Services Birmingham Property Services
0121 303 3935
Shop
Retail
1.6 miles
(2.6 km)
743 Bristol Road South, Northfield, Birmingham, B31 2NG 94 Sq M (1,012 Sq Ft) Rent PAX:
POA
Birmingham Property Services Birmingham Property Services
0121 303 3935
Shop
Retail
1.7 miles
(2.7 km)
Unit 19, Northfield Shopping Centre, Northfield, B31 2JU From 127.74 Sq M (1,375 Sq Ft)
to 211.35 Sq M (2,275 Sq Ft)
Rent PAX:
POA
Scott Robertson
Wright Silverwood
0121 410 5545
Shop
Retail
1.7 miles
(2.7 km)
Unit 20, Northfield Shopping Centre, Northfield, B31 2JU From 253.16 Sq M (2,725 Sq Ft)
to 340.86 Sq M (3,669 Sq Ft)
Rent PAX:
POA
Scott Robertson
Wright Silverwood
0121 410 5545
Shop
Retail
1.7 miles
(2.7 km)
3 Church Road, Northfield Shopping Centre, Birmingham, B31 2JU From 67.73 Sq M (729 Sq Ft)
to 135.08 Sq M (1,454 Sq Ft)
Rent PAX:
POA
Scott Robertson
Wright Silverwood
0121 410 5545
Shop
Retail
1.7 miles
(2.7 km)
Unit 31, Northfield Shopping Centre, Birmingham, B31 2JU From 146.42 Sq M (1,576 Sq Ft)
to 223.15 Sq M (2,402 Sq Ft)
Rent PAX:
POA
Scott Robertson
Wright Silverwood
0121 410 5545
Shop
Retail
1.7 miles
(2.7 km)
Unit 44, Northfield Shopping Centre, Northfield, Birmingham, B31 2JU From 92.07 Sq M (991 Sq Ft)
to 158.86 Sq M (1,710 Sq Ft)
Rent PAX:
POA
Scott Robertson
Wright Silverwood
0121 410 5545
Shop
Retail
1.7 miles
(2.7 km)
Unit 14b, Northfield Shopping Centre, Northfield, B31 2JU 146.97 Sq M (1,582 Sq Ft) Rent PAX:
POA
Scott Robertson
Wright Silverwood
0121 410 5545
Shop
Retail
1.7 miles
(2.7 km)
Unit 46, Northfield Shopping Centre, Northfield, B31 2JU 91.42 Sq M (984 Sq Ft) Rent PAX:
POA
Scott Robertson
Wright Silverwood
0121 410 5545
Shop
Retail
1.7 miles
(2.8 km)
145/145a New Road, Rubery, B45 9JW 51.56 Sq M (555 Sq Ft) Leasehold Price:
POA
Andrew Thompson & Co
01527 889 449
Shop
Retail
1.7 miles
(2.8 km)
179 New Road, Rubery, B45 9JW 59.46 Sq M (640 Sq Ft) Leasehold Price:
POA
Andrew Thompson & Co
01527 889 449
Shop
Retail
2.2 miles
(3.6 km)
UNDER OFFER 91 Hewell Road, Barnt Green, Birmingham, B45 8NL From 30.1 Sq M (324 Sq Ft)
to 47.47 Sq M (511 Sq Ft)
Rent PAX:
POA
Burley Browne Burley Browne
0121 321 3441
Shop
Retail
2.2 miles
(3.6 km)
UNDER OFFER 81 Hewell Road, Barnt Green, Birmingham, B45 8NL From 42.36 Sq M (456 Sq Ft)
to 60.02 Sq M (646 Sq Ft)
Rent PAX:
POA
Burley Browne Burley Browne
0121 321 3441
Shop
Retail
2.2 miles
(3.6 km)
57 Hewell Road, B45 8NL From 27.9 Sq M (300 Sq Ft)
to 55.7 Sq M (600 Sq Ft)
Rent PAX:
POA
Lynne Davies
GJS Dillon
01527 872525
Shop
Retail
2.3 miles
(3.6 km)
30 The Green, Kings Norton, B38 8SD 56.67 Sq M (610 Sq Ft) Leasehold Price:
POA
Imran Azam
Chivers Commercial
Birmingham
0121 441 3040
Shop
Retail
2.5 miles
(4 km)
55 Pershore Road South, Kings Norton, B30 3EG 112.41 Sq M (1,210 Sq Ft) Rent PAX:
POA
Andrew Thompson & Co
01527 889 449
Shop
Retail
3 miles
(4.8 km)
1768 - 1770 Pershore Road, Cotteridge, Birmingham, B30 3BH 85.56 Sq M (921 Sq Ft) Rent PAX:
£12,000

Freehold price:
£400,000
Sunny Landa
NG Surveyors
0115 958 8599
General Listings up to 5 miles (8 km):
Type Distance Address Size Terms Contact
Shop
Retail
3.3 miles
(5.2 km)
1467 Pershore Road, Stirchley, Birmingham, B30 2JL 64.2 Sq M (691 Sq Ft) Freehold price:
POA
Imran Azam
Chivers Commercial
Birmingham
0121 441 3040
Shop
Retail
3.4 miles
(5.5 km)
154 Castle Square, Weoley Castle, B29 6QL 141.21 Sq M (1,520 Sq Ft) Leasehold Price:
POA
Andrew Thompson & Co
01527 889 449
Shop
Retail
3.8 miles
(6.2 km)
270 Vicarage Road, Kings Heath, Birmingham, B14 7NH 91.79 Sq M (988 Sq Ft) Rent PAX:
POA
Simon Smith
Wright Silverwood
0121 410 5551
Shop
Retail
4.1 miles
(6.5 km)
578 Bristol Road, Selly Oak, B29 6BE 70.61 Sq M (760 Sq Ft) Leasehold Price:
POA
Andrew Thompson & Co
01527 889 449
Shop
Retail
4.5 miles
(7.2 km)
23 Alcester Road South Kings Heath, B14 7JQ 56.11 Sq M (604 Sq Ft) Leasehold Price:
POA
Imran Azam
Chivers Commercial
Birmingham
0121 441 3040
Shop
Retail
4.6 miles
(7.4 km)
1 Drayton Road, Kings Heath, Birmingham, B14 7LP 42.64 Sq M (459 Sq Ft) Rent PAX:
Offers around £9,500
Arjamand Farooqui
Mason Young Birmingham
0121 285 3535
Shop
Retail
4.6 miles
(7.4 km)
1st floor, Harborne Indoor Market, 12 - 14 Vivian Road, Harborne, Birmingham, B17 0DS 250.84 Sq M (2,700 Sq Ft) Rent PAX:
POA
Alfred Bartlett
Bartlett Property
0121 454 6439
Shop
Retail
4.6 miles
(7.4 km)
289 High Street, Harborne, Birmingham 51.1 Sq M (550 Sq Ft) Leasehold Price:
POA
Stephens McBride Robert Taylor
Stephens McBride
Birmingham
0121 706 7766
Shop
Retail
4.6 miles
(7.5 km)
113-115 High Street, Kings Heath, Birmingham, B14 7BW 93.83 Sq M (1,010 Sq Ft) Rent PAX:
POA
Simon Smith
Wright Silverwood
0121 410 5551
Shop
Retail
4.7 miles
(7.5 km)
433 Court Oak Road, Harborne, B32 2DX 43.66 Sq M (470 Sq Ft) Leasehold Price:
POA
Andrew Thompson & Co
01527 889 449
Shop
Retail
4.7 miles
(7.5 km)
431 Court Oak Road, Harborne, B32 2DX 55.74 Sq M (600 Sq Ft) Leasehold Price:
POA
Andrew Thompson & Co
01527 889 449
Shop
Retail
4.7 miles
(7.6 km)
41/49 High Street, Kings Heath, B14 7BH 1,388.9 Sq M (14,950 Sq Ft) Leasehold Price:
POA
Andrew Thompson & Co
01527 889 449
Shop
Retail
4.7 miles
(7.6 km)
130 High Street, Harborne, B17 9NN 86.77 Sq M (934 Sq Ft) Rent PAX:
POA
Scott Robertson
Wright Silverwood
0121 410 5545
Shop
Retail
4.8 miles
(7.7 km)
262 Station Road, Wythall, B47 6EY 179.95 Sq M (1,937 Sq Ft) Rent PAX:
POA
Alfred Bartlett
Bartlett Property
0121 454 6439
Shop
Retail
4.8 miles
(7.7 km)
62 High Street, Harborne, B17 9NJ From 103.22 Sq M (1,111 Sq Ft)
to 169.36 Sq M (1,823 Sq Ft)
Rent PAX:
POA
Andrew Benson
Wright Silverwood
0121 410 5546
Shop
Retail
4.8 miles
(7.8 km)
75 High Street, Harborne, Birmingham, B17 9NS From 56.67 Sq M (610 Sq Ft)
to 75.25 Sq M (810 Sq Ft)
Rent PAX:
POA
Burley Browne Burley Browne
0121 321 3441
Shop
Retail
4.9 miles
(7.8 km)
Unit 1B 53/59 High Street, Harborne, Birmingham 145.02 Sq M (1,561 Sq Ft) Rent PAX:
POA
Alfred Bartlett
Bartlett Property
0121 454 6439
Shop
Retail
4.9 miles
(7.8 km)
Shop 3, Churchill House, Hagley Street, Halesowen, B63 3AX From 162.58 Sq M (1,750 Sq Ft)
to 202.06 Sq M (2,175 Sq Ft)
Rent PAX:
POA
Andrew Silverwood
Wright Silverwood
0121 410 5547
Shop
Retail
4.9 miles
(7.9 km)
520-520a Hagley Road West, Quinton, Birmingham, West Midlands, B68 0BZ 65.31 Sq M (703 Sq Ft) Freehold price:
Offers around £200,000
Bruton Knowles Paul Blennerhassett
Bruton Knowles
0121 212 7643
General Listings up to 7 miles (11.3 km):
Type Distance Address Size Terms Contact
Shop
Retail
5 miles
(8.1 km)
Unit 1a, Whitehall Road, Halesowen, B63 3HY 62.71 Sq M (675 Sq Ft) Rent PAX:
POA
Andrew Silverwood
Wright Silverwood
0121 410 5547
Shop
Retail
5 miles
(8.1 km)
808 Hagley Road West, Quinton, West Midlands, B62 9AS 1,395.22 Sq M (15,018 Sq Ft) Rent PAX:
POA
Scott Robertson
Wright Silverwood
0121 410 5545
Shop
Retail
5.2 miles
(8.4 km)
630 Yardley Wood Road, Billesley, B13 0HW 51.47 Sq M (554 Sq Ft) Leasehold Price:
POA
Imran Azam
Chivers Commercial
Birmingham
0121 441 3040
Shop
Retail
5.2 miles
(8.4 km)
132a High Street, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, B61 8ES From 79.99 Sq M (861 Sq Ft)
to 87.05 Sq M (937 Sq Ft)
Rent PAX:
POA
Scott Robertson
Wright Silverwood
0121 410 5545
Shop
Retail
5.2 miles
(8.4 km)
140 High Street, Bromsgrove, B61 8ES 239.23 Sq M (2,575 Sq Ft) Leasehold Price:
POA
Andrew Thompson & Co
01527 889 449
Shop
Retail
5.2 miles
(8.4 km)
137 Alcester Road, Moseley, B13 8JP 74.6 Sq M (803 Sq Ft) Leasehold Price:
POA
Andrew Thompson & Co
01527 889 449
Shop
Retail
5.2 miles
(8.4 km)
143 Alcester Road, Moseley, B13 8JP 62.25 Sq M (670 Sq Ft) Leasehold Price:
POA
Andrew Thompson & Co
01527 889 449
Shop
Retail
5.2 miles
(8.4 km)
133 Alcester Road, Moseley, B13 8JP 64.57 Sq M (695 Sq Ft) Leasehold Price:
POA
Andrew Thompson & Co
01527 889 449
Shop
Retail
5.2 miles
(8.4 km)
5 53 Sq M (570 Sq Ft) Freehold price:
POA
Banks Long & Co James Butcher
Banks Long & Co
01522 544 515
Shop
Retail
5.2 miles
(8.4 km)
5 67 Sq M (721 Sq Ft) Freehold price:
POA
Banks Long & Co James Butcher
Banks Long & Co
01522 544 515
Shop
Retail
5.2 miles
(8.4 km)
5 85 Sq M (915 Sq Ft) Freehold price:
POA
Banks Long & Co James Butcher
Banks Long & Co
01522 544 515
Shop
Retail
5.2 miles
(8.4 km)
5 68 Sq M (732 Sq Ft) Freehold price:
POA
Banks Long & Co James Butcher
Banks Long & Co
01522 544 515
Shop
Retail
5.2 miles
(8.4 km)
5 84 Sq M (904 Sq Ft) Freehold price:
Offers invited
Banks Long & Co James Butcher
Banks Long & Co
01522 544 515
Shop
Retail
5.2 miles
(8.4 km)
5 79 Sq M (850 Sq Ft) Freehold price:
Offers invited
Banks Long & Co James Butcher
Banks Long & Co
01522 544 515
Shop
Retail
5.2 miles
(8.4 km)
5 60 Sq M (646 Sq Ft) Freehold price:
POA
Banks Long & Co James Butcher
Banks Long & Co
01522 544 515
Shop
Retail
5.2 miles
(8.4 km)
5 77 Sq M (829 Sq Ft) Freehold price:
POA
Banks Long & Co James Butcher
Banks Long & Co
01522 544 515
Shop
Retail
5.2 miles
(8.4 km)
5 50 Sq M (538 Sq Ft) Freehold price:
POA
Banks Long & Co James Butcher
Banks Long & Co
01522 544 515
Shop
Retail
5.2 miles
(8.4 km)
5 81 Sq M (872 Sq Ft) Freehold price:
POA
Banks Long & Co James Butcher
Banks Long & Co
01522 544 515
Shop
Retail
5.3 miles
(8.5 km)
87A High Street, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, B61 8AQ From 24.99 Sq M (269 Sq Ft)
to 44.41 Sq M (478 Sq Ft)
Rent PAX:
POA
Burley Browne Burley Browne
0121 321 3441
Shop
Retail
5.4 miles
(8.6 km)
9 High Street, Bromsgrove, B61 8AJ 61.32 Sq M (660 Sq Ft) Rent PAX:
POA
Andrew Thompson & Co
01527 889 449
Shop
Retail
5.4 miles
(8.6 km)
27/29 High Street, Bromsgrove, B61 8AJ 325.16 Sq M (3,500 Sq Ft) Leasehold Price:
POA
Andrew Thompson & Co
01527 889 449
Shop
Retail
5.4 miles
(8.7 km)
15 High Street, Bromsgrove, B61 8AJ 272.39 Sq M (2,932 Sq Ft) Freehold price:
Offers around £225,000
Bruton Knowles Paul Blennerhassett
Bruton Knowles
0121 212 7643
Shop
Retail
5.4 miles
(8.7 km)
46 High Street, Bromsgrove, B61 8HQ 118.36 Sq M (1,274 Sq Ft) Rent PAX:
POA
Mr James Mattin
Bond Wolfe
West Bromwich
0121 525 0600
Shop
Retail
5.5 miles
(8.8 km)
Unit 2, Rear of 24/26 Worcester Road, Bromsgrove, B61 7AE 46.45 Sq M (500 Sq Ft) Leasehold Price:
POA
Andrew Thompson & Co
01527 889 449
Shop
Retail
5.5 miles
(8.9 km)
45 Worcester Road, Bromsgrove, Worcs, B61 7DN 29.91 Sq M (322 Sq Ft) Leasehold Price:
POA
Caroline Shortt
Leon Shutkever
Meriden
01676 521177
Shop
Retail
5.5 miles
(8.9 km)
46 Worcester Road, Bromsgrove, Worcs, B61 7DN 26.01 Sq M (280 Sq Ft) Leasehold Price:
POA
Caroline Shortt
Leon Shutkever
Meriden
01676 521177
Shop
Retail
5.5 miles
(8.9 km)
50 Worcester Road, Bromsgrove, Worcs, B61 7DN 55.93 Sq M (602 Sq Ft) Leasehold Price:
POA
Caroline Shortt
Leon Shutkever
Meriden
01676 521177
Shop
Retail
5.6 miles
(9 km)
50-52a Edgbaston Road, Birmingham, B12 9PB 97.64 Sq M (1,051 Sq Ft) Leasehold Price:
POA
Stephens McBride Robert Taylor
Stephens McBride
Birmingham
0121 706 7766
Shop
Retail
5.8 miles
(9.4 km)
75 Pershore Road, Birmingham, B5 7NX 205.41 Sq M (2,211 Sq Ft) Freehold price:
POA
Stephens McBride Robert Taylor
Stephens McBride
Birmingham
0121 706 7766
Shop
Retail
6.1 miles
(9.8 km)
14-16 Springfield Road, Moseley, B13 9NY 0.09 Sq M (1 Sq Ft) Freehold price:
POA
Imran Azam
Chivers Commercial
Birmingham
0121 441 3040
Shop
Retail
6.3 miles
(10.1 km)
593 Stratford Road, Sparkhill, B11 4LS 156.91 Sq M (1,689 Sq Ft) Freehold price:
POA
Imran Azam
Chivers Commercial
Birmingham
0121 441 3040

Retail, Retail Warehouse and Shop 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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