21 January 2022/ Industrial guides

Find your next industrial property in Birmingham

Find your next industrial property in Birmingham

The industrial property market is booming like never before. With a shortage of suitable industrial space, the price per square metre of prime shed real estate has reached as high as £19 in commuter towns around London, such as Slough. With demand so heavily concentrated in the capital, businesses are looking for affordable solutions outside of London. Offering a more competitive price per square metre, and well served by excellent transport links to London and the north of England, Birmingham has emerged as a popular industrial hub for many businesses.

Once known as the workshop of the world, Birmingham is steeped in industrial heritage. While the metal factories and workshops of years past may be gone, Birmingham’s regeneration as a commercial and industrial hub has ensured that the city continues to play an important role in the UK’s economic picture.

Thanks to infrastructure projects connecting Birmingham to many of England’s consumer capitals, the city now plays host to a wide range of industrial tenants making use of the city’s location. With plenty more industrial projects in the works, this thriving city is an excellent choice for future logistics operations.

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Industrial spaces in and around Birmingham

Many of the largest industrial spaces can be found in and around the city, with areas well connected to the M40 in particular demand. Some of the larger sites in Birmingham, such as Kingslow Industrial Estate and Mucklow Park, are located in the south and southeast of Birmingham, while other notable locations can be found in Aston and in the west.

Further out from the city centre, Forge Industrial Park, George Road Industrial Park, Minworth Industrial Estate, Tyburn Trading Estate and others can be found into the northeast of the city, where there is a concentration of industrial parks and estates. Meanwhile, the Birmingham Business Park enjoys close proximity to Birmingham Airport.

As a less densely populated area than London, industrial space in Birmingham can be found in localities within and on the outskirts of this major city. And with so many other neighbouring towns and cities, such as Coventry, Walsall and Wolverhampton, all offering their own industrial locations, the West Midlands is a goldmine for the industrial property market.

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Getting around Birmingham

Birmingham’s road network

Thanks to the city’s central location, Birmingham is very well connected to cities likes London, conurbations in the northwest, as well as being only two hours from Bristol in the southwest. There are also plenty of road connections to the towns and cities around Birmingham, making road transport in and around the West Midlands extremely easy.

In some of Birmingham’s more congested areas, there is an Ultra-Low Emissions Zone where some vehicles will be charged extra to drive into.

Birmingham has excellent rail connections

From high-speed rail to the busiest rail station outside of London, Birmingham has a wealth of excellent rail connections to almost all the UK’s major cities. HS2, due for completion by 2033, will significantly reduce journey times between London, Birmingham and eventually Manchester. This high-speed rail project will run from Birmingham Curzon Street, one of the city’s larger stations. Another of the second city’s major stations, Birmingham New Street, is one of the busiest interchange stations in the UK, cementing Birmingham’s place as a centre of commercial and industrial travel. As rail infrastructure in the UK is upgraded, the already vital rail links in Birmingham will continue to be most some of the most important interchanges in the country.

Some of Birmingham’s best industrial parks can be found in close proximity to the city’s rail stations, so find an industrial space in Birmingham that’s right for you

There is a comprehensive bus network

As is to be expected from any major city, Birmingham’s bus network covers the city and greater metropolitan area. Commuting around Birmingham by bus is one of the most popular ways to get around, and with extensive networks covered by innovative, frictionless ticketing options, it is very easy to commute to where you need to be.

Birmingham’s own international airport

Birmingham International Airport is southeast of the city centre and is easily accessible by all public transport. Moreover, it is only a short distance from the Birmingham Business Park. Birmingham airport runs flights to locations all over the world, including Europe, the Middle East, North America and elsewhere. Its excellent proximity to the city centre and road network means that the airport is well placed for enabling all kinds of international travel.

Business amenities in Birmingham

Birmingham has a wide range of hotels

From budget travel hotels to premium experiences, there is a wide range of potential options to suit your needs. For an affordable overnight stop, there are dozens of budget hotels dotted around the city centre, such as Easyhotel Birmingham City Centre, Travelodge Newhall Street and Ibis Budget.

For a mid-range experience, travellers may choose to use an online marketplace such as Airbnb, or consider hotels such as Ibis Styles, Hilton Broad Street or Conference Aston for travellers attending a function or event.

For something really top of the range however, the Hyatt Regency, No 8 Waterloo Street, Hotel du Vin or Staying Cool all offer a more premium experience. Typically located in and around the centre of Birmingham, these top-end hotels show off some of the best of the city while still being close to nearby offices and transport hubs.

Top of the range retail spaces

Birmingham has one of the UK’s largest and most recognisable retail centres: the Bullring. Situated in the historic market quarter of the city, the Bullring sits at the heart of the city’s commercial area. With the total retail space spanning over 1.5 million square feet over four different floors, this retail and leisure complex is the beating heart of Birmingham’s retail scene.

The iconic Bullring is far from the only retail complex in Birmingham, however. The Grand Central, Mailbox and Resorts Mall are some other centrally located shopping centres in the city. While the pandemic has undoubtedly had an effect on some of the larger retail centres – some of which have now been vacated – demand for retail space is back on the up. Plans for a new 60,000 square foot flagship store for House of Fraser are set to go ahead, reflecting growing confidence in the retail sector once again.

An international food scene

Thanks to the close connections between Birmingham and London, it has become easier than ever for people and restaurants to move between the two cities. As such, a large part of the internationally inspired London food scene has been moving to Birmingham.

For a real sampling of luxury food, try making a reservation at Adam’s Restaurant, Purnells Restaurant or the award-winning Opheem restaurant, all of which have been awarded Michelin stars for their food. There’s no need to spend big money to enjoy the thriving restaurant scene, however. The Bullring is jam-packed with plenty of affordable restaurants, and there is a wide variety of culinary delights to be found all around the city centre.

There are plenty of meeting rooms

Whether located in coworking spaces, venue hires or office blocks, there are lots of meeting rooms for businesses to use. Some notable and centrally located offices include IET Birmingham: Austin Court, Unique Venues Birmingham, St John’s Hotel offices and Millennium Point. There are also lots of meeting rooms around Birmingham Airport, such as Clubrooms, Ibis Birmingham Airport and Regus Birmingham Airport.

Notable industrial tenants in Birmingham

Birmingham has plenty of specialist industrial sites. Lots of large tenants have been moving their logistics and storage operations to the city, while paying a premium to do so. According to some statistics, the lack of available industrial space combined with growing demand means that prices for industrial land have risen between 20% and 25%, with no sign of a slowdown in the near future. Notable tenants in Birmingham include:

  • National Rail
  • Amazon
  • Asos
  • DPD
  • Klanza/MPharm

Key industrial agents in Birmingham

  • KWB
  • Knight Frank
  • Derby Keye
  • Carter Jones
  • Savills

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The future of industrial space in Birmingham

To meet ever-increasing demand, there is new industrial space earmarked for development. Ongoing issues relating to supply chain disruption and lack of available space mean that many logistics and shipping firms have been looking to relocate their supply chains. But without enough available supply, prices are soaring – particularly for energy efficient constructions.

To meet this excess demand, new constructions have been earmarked for sites in and around Birmingham. For the short term, prices will continue to rise, however, meaning that it’s more important than ever to have the right industrial property specialists helping you find the right spaces.

For more guidance on how best to rent the right industrial property for you, consult Realla’s guide on renting industrial property.