Marconi Evolution (Former Marconi, New Street)

1912 Building
Clock Tower
Pocket Park
Front Courtyard
Block B - Overlooking the pocket park
Houses overlooking the pocket park

What’s Happening?


The long vacant former industrial site is being redeveloped with a residential led regeneration scheme. The Grade II listed 1912 office building on New Street, the Power House and Water Tower have all been retained as part of this redevelopment and have been refurbished to a high standard.  The 1912 building now provides new headquarters for Benefit Cosmetics, a global cosmetic brand, with the Power House converted to a residents’ gym.


Across the site a wide range of properties and buildings are under construction and are occupied. These are arranged on the concept of ‘connections and spaces’. The blocks will range from 2 to 8 storeys with two storey terraced houses and a three storey block of apartments fronting Marconi Road. A number of vibrant materials are being used in the exterior design of the new buildings. 


A new pedestrian and cycle route through the site will enable better connections from New Street to the rail station. This will provide a link to a number of open spaces within the site including a pocket park. A legal agreement secures affordable housing, transport improvements, sports and open space improvements to Central Park and public art.



Latest News


November 2016


Works are continuing on site to complete the latter phases of the development. These include the new pedestrian and cycle route through to the railway station and the pocket park.


October 2016


Block M application has now been approved. Construction work on this block is expected to start in the near future.


May 2016


The application for Block M, reference 15/02114/FUL, has been withdrawn by the developer. An alternative application for a smaller 8 storey building has been submitted for Block M, reference, 16/00662/FUL. The proposal is for 56 apartments and over 100sqm of commercial floorspace.


The amended application is currently under consideration and is on a period of public consultation. The plans and supporting  documents are available to view on the website.


February 2016


An application has been submitted for a part 16 and part 6 storey building known as Block M on the Marconi site, reference 15/02114/FUL. This is an amendment to the original application 12/01789/FUL which was for the redevelopment of the entire Marconi site. Block M as approved under reference 12/01789/FUL was for 6,198 square metres of Class B1(a) (office) floorspace within a seven storey building with six allocated parking spaces.


The amended application is currently under consideration and is on a period of public consultation. The plans and supporting  documents are available to view on the website. The block would be mixed use and contain 78 residential units and over 200sq m of commercial floorspace at ground level. The block would have 25 one and 53 two bedroom apartments.   


June 2015

Work is progressing concurrently on most of the blocks. There are currently around 30 occupied dwellings which are a mix of affordable and market housing.


October 2014

Building works commenced across the site.



Additional Information


As additional information becomes available for this scheme  it will be displayed here. At present there is no additional information available.


You can keep track of the latest available homes on the site via the Developer’s own website


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