Local businesses, suppliers, Tier 1 contractors and exhibitors attended FinditinBirmingham’s latest breakfast event at the Council House today (Wednesday 16 October 2019), to hear from Birmingham City Council and Lendlease Europe about the Perry Barr Residential Scheme.
The event showcased the scheme, which will see more than 1,400 new homes built on one of Birmingham’s biggest construction sites and provided an opportunity for the appointed principal contractor and its supply chain partners to share their requirements for products and services.
Anna Evans, Programme Director at Lendlease UK and Cllr Tristan Chatfield, Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources at Birmingham City Council topped the line-up of speakers and highlighted how the scheme will act as a catalyst for the regeneration of the wider Perry Barr area.
Lendlease reinforced its social value headline commitments and its desire to ensure that the scheme has maximum impact on economic growth for the city and the wider West Midlands region.
Anna Evans, Programme Director, Perry Barr Residential Scheme at Lendlease, Europe, said: ‘The development brings with it a wealth of opportunities for local people, both now and after completion. During construction, our site will create 400 jobs, including 100 apprenticeships, and we continue to work with local people and businesses to maximise the positive impact the scheme can have for the local community.
‘Leadlease is thoroughly invested in Birmingham, and Perry Barr, and is incredibly proud to be able to offer local people and businesses the access to employment and training opportunities and supply chain opportunities.’
Those attending the event were given advice on how to access opportunities connected to the scheme and there were contracting insights from Lendlease, with the launch of its ‘Supplier Pages’ on the FinditinBirmingham business portal.
Businesses were encouraged to update their profile and sectors on FinditinBirmingham and to look out for tender opportunities from both Lendlease and its Tier 1 supply chain, which will appear on the pages over the course of the project.
Perry Barr Residential Scheme is located on the site of the former Birmingham City University (BCU), in Wellhead Lane and will be used to provide 1,400 new homes for the area. Demolition of the former BCU buildings started in June 2018, with the ground breaking on 8 May 2019. The scheme has a completion date of Spring 2022.
Pictured: Haydn Brown & Cllr Chatfield (Birmingham City Council) and Anna Evans (Lendlease)