Welcome £85 million Parkgate – a new heart for Shirley
New retail, leisure and residential scheme opens in Shirley on Monday 19th May
Parkgate, Shirley’s much anticipated £85 million shopping, leisure and residential development, will open on Monday 19th May. The Mayor of Solihull, Councillor Joe Tildesley will formally open the scheme, which is set to become a vibrant new heart for Shirley.
Parkgate, developed by Shirley Advance, will bring together 26 new shops, cafés and restaurants, set around two new squares – Town Square and Trinity Place – linked by two malls, Parkway and Gateway Malls, all served by a free, 500 space basement car park.
An 80,000 sq ft ASDA store is the first to open on 19th May and will be joined in the coming days and weeks by more big brands and some local businesses too:-
JD Wetherspoon, Peacocks, Pizza Express, Prezzo, Perios, Starbucks, Shake Waffle and Roll, Greggs, Capricorn Blinds, Phones 4U, The Gym, Loungers, 99p Stores, Mobile PC
The scheme is unusual in that, in addition to its commercial occupiers, it will be home to a number of community groups, who have been an important focus of the area for many years. In particular, Shirley Baptist Church which, following the opening of its new church halls and community facilities, will be launching a coffee shop, Kairos, to coincide with the official opening of Parkgate and ASDA. The redevelopment of the Church was only possible because of Parkgate and the dedicated fundraising efforts of its parishioners.
Shirley now has a brand new, state of the art Library at a time when so many others have been lost all over the country. Local people will now be able to enjoy the modern facilities in this easily accessible location, close to Trinity Place.
The Royal British Legion’s original building has been retained in the scheme and is now part of Town Square but with the benefit of a sleek new glazed entrance hall and façade, again only made possible through the development of Parkgate.
Immediately adjacent to Parkgate is the First Shirley Scout Group, which has also had new and much improved facilities. In addition, there has been no less than £650,000 investment in the adjoining Shirley Park and the Camp Hill Rugby Club.
Whilst the Royal British Legion and Scouts chose to remain in existing buildings, the Shirley Christian Fellowship took the opportunity to move to a new building, The Bridge, with a significant contribution from Shirley Advance.
Parkgate adjoins Shirley Park, to which there are new pedestrian links from Stratford Road. More than £300,000 has been spent on high quality hard and soft landscaping at its interface with the scheme as well as new lighting and CCTV. Overlooking Shirley Park there is new residential development, currently under construction, bringing town houses and apartments to the area.
Robert Birch, of Shirley Advance, said:
“We are very, very proud of Parkgate. It is a true community scheme and one that this area badly needed, bringing with it up to 600 new jobs. It is great to see ASDA open…but this is only the beginning.
“In the coming weeks Parkgate will become more and more lively, as other shops and restaurants open to the public. We will be celebrating the opening of Parkgate with all our occupiers later in the summer, with a special family event and we hope as many people as possible will come along.”
Notes to editors:
Schedule for Monday 19th May
9.00am Mayor of Shirley opens Kairos Coffee Shop at Shirley Baptist Church and is served the first cup of coffee.
9.30am Mayor taken on private tour of ASDA
9.50am Mayor of Shirley makes short speech to open Parkgate
9.55am Robert Birch, Shirley Advance – short speech
10.00am ASDA is opened by the store’s ‘local hero’