The historical past of Longbridge is also its bridge to the future. The area is, and will remain, intrinsically linked to its impressive heritage and is still celebrated throughout the development, through permanent art and lighting installations, and community events. With the drive and innovation of local people, Longbridge is set to remain an international beacon for creativity and commerce.
Longbridge has a worldwide reputation as the historical home to the Austin Mini and has latterly retained a 60 acre research and production facility for MG Motors, the UK subsidiary of SAIC Motors.
St. Modwen’s Longbridge story began in 2001 when it was selected as a development partner for 57 acres of surplus land at the site. The company acquired a further 228 and 183 acres in 2003 and 2004 respectively, and following the collapse of MG Rover in 2005, set about transforming Longbridge into a mixed use, high quality urban environment.
The completion of Longbridge Innovation Centre and Devon Way in 2007 helped reinvigorate employment in the local area, with further opportunities created following the completion of The Cofton Centre in 2008.
In 2011 plans were conceived for a new £70 million town centre at Longbridge, incorporating shops, restaurants and offices. The year also saw the completion of a new £66 million purpose built facility for Bournville College.
Construction completed on phase one of the £70m town centre, which includes the new 3 acre £2m Austin Park, in 2013. Tenants include Sainsbury's, Premier Inn, Costa Coffee, Greggs, The Cambridge and Beefeater Grill.
A 150,000 sq ft Marks and Spencer store opened in November 2015, along with a raft of high street stores including Poundland, Mountain Warehouse, Holland & Barrett, Smyths Toys and Boots plus a dedicated 1,200 space multi-storey and a 500 space surface car park.