Two Selly Oak ward members joined representatives from local groups to brave the cold and witness the progress of remediation works at the former Battery Park site off Bristol Road.
Councillors Karen McCarthy and Brigid Jones joined members of the Lapal Canal Trust, Community Partnership for Selly Oak and representatives from a number of local residents associations and neighbourhood watches for a site tour and presentation.
Edgbaston ward member Councillor James Hutchings was also in attendance along with Simon Epstein of Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust.
The presentation and tour was given by Sainsbury’s Project Manager Coryn Martin and senior colleagues from main site contractor, P.J Carey, part of The Carey Group Ltd.
The tour included a visit to the on-site laboratory where soil samples are analysed as part of the remediation works. Then there was a visit to the first element of construction at the site, a large retaining wall that splits the future developments; a new Sainsbury’s store with additional quality shops, student housing and places to eat and drink; and a new state-of-the-art Life Sciences Campus being delivered by Birmingham City Council.
Construction is due to begin early in 2016.
Coryn Martin comments: “I would like to thank all the visitors for braving the cold to come and see us at site. It was a great opportunity to show how well we are progressing and answer any questions about the works. We look forward to completing this phase and handing the site over for construction, delivering a range of benefits for the people of Selly Oak and the city of Birmingham.”
Selly Oak Ward Councillor, Karen McCarthy, comments: “It was fascinating to see the science behind the remediation process. The site is beginning to take shape, so we were able to get a better idea of what the Life Sciences development and the retail area will look like. We look forward to working together to ensure there are jobs for local people at both.”
The site visit comes on the back of local artwork being installed on the site hoardings after pupils at Water Mill Primary School and St Mary’s Church of England Primary School drew pictures inspired by healthy eating and lifestyles. The artwork can be seen along Aston Webb Boulevard.