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St. Modwen plans ‘carbon-negative’ home development in Birmingham 

by Sion Geschwindt
St. Modwen plans 'carbon-negative' home development in Birmingham

Developer St. Modwen has revealed plans to create up to 350 all-electric carbon-negative homes on the historic MG Rover site in Birmingham.

Planning permission for the development at the Longbridge site in 2021. Details for the first phase are currently with the local authority and construction is expected to start in Autumn 2022.

Electricity, powered by a dedicated smart grid design by SNRG, will be supplied and tracked across the network of homes to ensure they are gas free.

‘Carbon-negative homes’

Using technologies such as solar panels and heat pumps, the homes are designed to produce more energy than they consume and could reduce a family’s total energy bills.

Sarwjit Sambhi, chief executive of St. Modwen, said: “Every organisation needs to be taking steps to deliver more sustainable products and services, but at St. Modwen we have taken leaps by introducing carbon-negative homes and smart-grid powered developments.

“We’re proving that greener homes can be delivered at commercial scale, something which is not just the right thing for the environment but also allows us to meet the demand of our customers.”

Longbridge has become the site of extensive regeneration in recent years, with £20m of infrastructure investment in partnership with the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA).

On completion of the regeneration, St. Modwen plans to create a total of 3,000 new homes, 2 million sq ft of commercial floorspace and up to 10,000 jobs at Longbridge.

Andy Street, mayor of West Midlands Combined Authority, said: “Longbridge is a brilliant example that points the way to a more sustainable future for the West Midlands – fast becoming a fantastic hub from which to live, work and play as well as creating high quality job opportunities for our local residents along the way.”

Image: A 3D render of the new Londbridge development (credit: St. Modwen)

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