meet the team

A project the scale of Port Loop could not be delivered without the creative flair & imagination of the design team and the collaboration of leading developers, architects and designers.

All partners are very excited about the task ahead. To transform this amazing but neglected and underused part of Birmingham into a truly wonderful new waterside quarter full of homes, life, activity, on land and on water – a vibrant and family-focused new neighbourhood for the 21st Century.


Work has begun on our new family-focused waterside neighbourhood by our pioneering Joint Venture partnership

the partners

The transformation of Port Loop will be delivered through a joint venture between Places for People & Urban Splash, working in partnership with Birmingham City Council and Canal & River Trust.


Places for People

Places for People has an enviable track record in delivering large scale development and regeneration projects like Port Loop, creating neighbourhoods that embed their placemaking ethos in every aspect from housing to green spaces, from community spaces to transport links and health and wellbeing facilities.

Places for People’s inclusive approach to placemaking is fundamental to ensuring communities succeed in the long term. With over 50 years of experience they’ve learned that places only truly succeed when they work for everyone, and when everyone is included.


Urban Splash

Urban Splash has been transforming Brownfield, disused sites around the country for more than 25 years, breathing life into sites such as Fort Dunlop and Rotunda in Birmingham. It has won more than 400 awards for its work creating more than 5000 homes and 1.5 million of workspace in the Midlands, North West, South West, Yorkshire and the North East.

The potential of Port Loop, an area with all the hallmarks and potential of an Urban Splash scheme isn’t lost on Urban Splash – which together with its partners - will create something totally unique in Birmingham – something transformative, exciting, innovative and sustainable.

Birmingham City Council

Birmingham City Council believes that Port Loop is one of the most exciting developments in the city for a very long time. The Council is sure that the variety of housing types, layouts and sizes will lead to the creation of a genuinely mixed, multi-generational community attracted to a unique, sustainable waterside location, while people already living and working in the area will be able to make use of everything Port Loop has to offer – 1.5 kilometres of towpaths, new cycle and footpaths, public spaces, cafés, water sports, leisure and recreational opportunities.

Canal & River Trust

The Canal & River Trust is certain that the regeneration of Port Loop will encourage increased use of the city’s canals and tow-paths to commute to and from work, travel to the city centre for leisure purposes and participate in sports and recreation on the water and will attract people who want to live in a sustainable way.

The Trust is looking forward to seeing vibrant activity in this neglected area with canal-side cafés, water-borne sports hubs, commercial opportunities and spaces shared between residents and visitors. 

the design team

The masterplan was created by Macreanor Lavington, award-winning architects with a particular expertise in housing, public buildings and regeneration. The detailed first phase architects have included Glen Howells, shedkm and Grant Associates.


Grant Associates

A Landscape Architecture consultancy specialising in the creative design of both urban and rural environments. The practice has built up a reputation for innovative, ecologically based design and the ability to shape useful and sustainable.



shedkm are a collective of pragmatic and honest architects who believe in delivering value through design with integrity. They’ve won over 100 major awards, including twelve Housing Design Awards and ten RIBA Awards. They’re also three-time winners of Architect of the Year.

Glenn Howells Architects

A leading Birmingham based architecture practice who have built up a strong reputation over the last 25 years as one of the foremost design led architectural practices in the UK. Underpinning the practice is an approach rooted in exploring ideas of how places and buildings can make lives better.