A local civil engineering company are currently working on a £800,000 road refigurement to the famous five ways island.
Fitzgerald Contractors are working on behalf of ISG Pearce to deliver section 278 highways works for supermarket giant Morrison’s.
Morrison’s were given the go-ahead in December 2010 for a new Birmingham city centre store with a guarantee that at least 60 per cent of 300 jobs created will go to local people.
Designs for the Edgbaston Shopping Centre store were revised after being slated as not worthy of the landmark Hagley Road site. But the new plans were thought by the council’s planning committee to be more in keeping with the 1950s Marriot Hotel next door and Victorian buildings surrounding the site.
The new plans feature a huge green fin over its entrance with five linked smaller shops and an outdoor public seating area adding life to the side fronting Hagley Road.
Railings on the car park, on Harborne Road, have also been replaced with softer panels thought to be more in keeping with the conservation area.
Morrisons committed to offer at least 60 per cent of the 114 full and 189 part-time jobs to locals by working closely on recruitment with the council and Jobcentre Plus.
The supermarket is due to open in autumn 2012.