Boxpark Brum

Boxpark has announced plans for its next development, a £5m investment in the Digbeth area of Birmingham.

The new site, scheduled to launch in 2025 under its core brand, will follow the opening of new sites in other major UK cities as well as London, and will be the first Boxpark in the Midlands.

Spanning nearly 17,000 sq. ft, the proposed plans for the site will see it transformed into a food hall and events destination featuring a large, covered structure with around 10 kitchen units and four internal bars set across two floors.

The hospitality and leisure operator has agreed a 15-year lease with landlords The Arch Company for the Floodgate Street Arches site, in Birmingham’s creative quarter.

The site, which sits under four 12m railway arches, was previously used for industrial purposes.

In addition, there will be just over 10,500 sq. ft. of external space to offer al fresco dining and events.

The opening is expected to create approximately 200 new job opportunities for the local community, with the scheme set to drive a significant volume of footfall to the area, with over a million people expected to visit each year.

Known for street food offering, the new venue will look to champion local Birmingham independent and established food operators, as well as artists, creators and performers.

Boxpark CEO Simon Champion said: “We are delighted to announce the new location for our next Boxpark venture. Our team has searched extensively for sites in Birmingham since 2016, having considered multiple locations across the city. As a dynamic and fast-growing business, we hope Boxpark will be an exciting addition to Birmingham. The city’s food, drink and leisure scene has become known as one of the best in the country and we can’t wait to add to that with a space that will support and champion local creatives from food to art, music and beyond.”

Last month, the company announced the appointment of Paul Thandi CBE, former CEO of the NEC Group, Birmingham as the new non-executive chairman of the group.

Thandi will be focussed on the accelerating the group’s national growth strategy, as well as supporting the senior management team to explore potential new offerings and concepts.

Thandi added: “My experience in regeneration and transformation with the NEC Group, as well as my connection with the city leads to me to have a strong belief that Boxpark Birmingham will no doubt drive footfall, customer choice, experience and of course, unique entertainment into and around our fantastic site in Digbeth. I think the iconic brand of Boxpark will be a great addition to the Birmingham offer which is a big driver for me and the business.”

The launch of Birmingham will follow the opening of Liverpool in Spring 2024, the first branded development outside of the capital.

Earlier this year, the company announced the roll-out of its sibling brand Boxhall, a high-end premium food & beverage concept, with sites opening in Bristol and Liverpool Street, London in 2024.

The announcement of Birmingham is part of the group’s national expansion plans following investment from LDC, the UK’s leading mid-market private equity firm.