PBA was appointed by the Urban Growth Company to help understand the infrastructure investment that will be required to capitalise on the major growth opportunity that is envisaged alongside the arrival of the HS2 station.
We prepared the Solihull UK Central Triangle and Hub Development Infrastructure Study in August 2015 and used this information to inform the development of a Masterplan vision for Arden Cross, around the HS2 station, comprising a mix of residential and employment development. In 2016, PBA provided a review of costings for the required infrastructure, based on changing circumstances, and undertook an Infrastructure Investment Appraisal. This formed the basis of information provided to HM Government as part of a bid for support for the benefits of the UK Central Hub.
The work included liaison between various stakeholders including landowners, Jaguar Land Rover, Birmingham Airport, HS2 Ltd and the wider UGC team of Arup, Amion and Cushman & Wakefield. This helped to ensure that the infrastructure required could be aligned with the interests of all parties to create the best environment possible.
By providing all these services, PBA brought knowledge and expertise from other similar projects such as HS1 and Ebbsfleet. This was key in identifying sources of funding, which were originally thought to be available, were not appropriate for specific schemes and what sources of revenue may be appropriate to fund the UK Central scheme. PBA’s local knowledge also allowed us to give advice on how to provide better integrated infrastructure.