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Birmingham: Balsall Heath Area Guide
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Both our properties in Balsall Heath place you right next to the A435 (Moseley Road), a main arterial route leading out of the city’s centre. The M40 and the M6 are easily accessible from here, with major motorways including the M5, M42 and M54 connecting the city at large to the rest of the country.
It’s the excellent road links to Birmingham’s key arterial roads that make our Moseley Road and Brighton Road retail units such an excellent strategic business location. Ideal for deliveries and for passing trade, our available premises on Brighton Road benefit from a rear service area and are situated within a parade of shops that front on to the busy Moseley Road (A435). Meanwhile our Moseley Road spaces are also perfectly positioned to serve the Balsall Heath and Sparkbrook communities.
Birmingham’s New Street Station is within walking distance, merely forty minutes away, while both Five Ways and Bordesley stations sit equidistant about half an hour from Balsall Heath’s centre. With the upcoming completion of the HS2 rail network, journeys to London are expected to take fewer than 45 minutes. High speed services to Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester and Liverpool are anticipated further down the line.
The East Midlands airport is under an hour’s drive away, while Birmingham International Station – serving over 9 million passengers, 140 routes and 44 airlines each year – is merely thirty minutes away by road. For flights further afield, both Heathrow and Manchester Airports are within two hours’ driving distance.
The local area and its businesses are also served by a convenient service area at the back of the properties.
Current occupiers along the strip of commercial properties on Brighton Road include retail outlets comprised of convenience stores, restaurants and a small car sales business. Both a Texaco station and LIDL supermarket are nearby, only a few feet from our Balsall Heath properties, regularly serving large amounts of local customers. Balsall Heath at large is home to dozens of small enterprises.
The Moseley Road area is also well placed for eateries, with a great selection of cuisines available to employees and customers ranging from bistro fare to fast food and regional Indian restaurants. As Balsall Heath has developed as a popular retail area for local businesses, making it the ideal time to take advantage of the cheaper rents and ease of accessibility that you just can’t get further into Birmingham city centre.
Birmingham continues to thrive as an industrial and engineering market, employing over 100,000 people within that sector and generating 60% of the UK automotive’s research and development output. Aston Martin, Honda, Jaguar, JCB and many more major automotive companies possess bases in Birmingham. The city is also a significant hub for expertise in diverse areas from electronics to hydraulic and pneumatic components, drawing an astounding 1/4 of the UK’s skilled workers in advanced engineering.
The area has continued to attract significant investment from the confectionary, food and drinks sectors as well as specialist accountancy, retail and financial organisations. Large firms operating within Birmingham range from the likes of Mondelez International, Cadbury/Kraft and Muller Dairies to renowned names such as HSBC, Deutsche Bank and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
As a significant contributor to the UK economy, Birmingham is home to dozens noteworthy buildings. It is also one of the greatest centres for conferences and events across Europe, necessitating a range of high quality and high capacity venues.
Balsall Heath has its own local offerings, with valuable historic sites to visit including the Moseley Road Baths – a grandiose Gothic Renaissance structure – as well as St Barnabas’ and St Paul’s Churches. The now closed Moseley School of Art, a Grade II listed building, offers a snapshot into the Victorian era of its establishment.
Major facilities in wider Birmingham including the International Convention Centre, the NEC (National Exhibition Centre) and the Symphony Hall are responsible for driving up to 42% of all conference and exhibition trade across the UK.
The Bullring is famously one of the largest shopping centres the UK has to offer, proudly the second most visited retail park outside of the capital.
Key to the success of the city’s arts scene is the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, housing the world’s largest collection of pre-Raphaelite artwork and frequently promoting popular and insightful exhibitions.
It is also worth noting that several major institutions are located alongside the Queen Elizabeth Hospital including the University of Birmingham Medical School, the Institute of Translational Medicine and Birmingham Women’s Hospital, comprising one of the largest medical campuses to be found worldwide.
University of Birmingham
The University of Birmingham – arguably the first chartered “red brick” university in the UK – attracts thousands of talented students annually. There are three other universities within the city: Aston University, Birmingham City University and Newman University. Meanwhile, up to fifteen universities sit within an hour’s commute of the centre, providing many routes to take for aspiring academics. Aston University’s Photonics Research & Consultancy and Warwick’s Automotive Innovation Campus in particular entice many to live in the city and benefit from its established expertise in the engineering sector.
The University of Birmingham has been the recipient of various accolades over time. These include ‘University of the Year 2014’ in the Times’ Higher Education Awards, and a 10th place position in the UK according to the QS World University Rankings system. The institution also scored high rankings by various bodies for excellence or world leadership in research.
About Balsall Health
Balsall Heath was formerly a village located between Birmingham City and Moseley during the Victorian era, largely consisting of farmsteads and agricultural land. Nowadays Balsall Heath retains much of its characteristic Victorian architecture, yet decades of modernisation have led to an increasingly hip and bohemian reputation rivalled only by Moseley nearby.
Following the manufacturing sector’s decline in the 1970s, Balsall Heath has diversified impressively. Its capacity for and occupancy of retail, tourism and professional services has grown significantly over the years, while a steady supply of educated youngsters are attracted yearly to the local Universities and the College of Art.
As part of the second biggest city economy in the UK, Birmingham is home to a huge range of events and cultural attractions. With Birmingham’s transport links expected to see over £18billion in investment over the next ten years, the already up-and-coming Balsall Heath area is bound for great things. Balsall Heath itself is in line for substantial infrastructure and city planning investment, representing a rare and valuable investment opportunity for businesses looking for a new base of operations.
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