Swan Centre, Yardley, Birmingham
Townscape Solutions was commissioned by Tesco and Birmingham City Council to provide an expert witness service on design at a compulsory purchase inquiry held in 2009 in relation to the implementation of redevelopment plans for the Swan Shopping Centre in Yardley. Leading an objection was an existing landowner who wanted to promote an alternative design. We gave evidence that the approved design would enhance the area and was an appropriate design response for the context.
The Inspector found in favour of Birmingham City Council/Tesco and concluded that the scheme would significantly improve the character and quality of the area and would complement the role and function of the local centre.
Construction is now complete and the redevelopment has made an enormous improvement to this formerly run down local centre.
Swan Centre, Yardley: before and after