Clancy serves up £2Bn Chinese property deal
Council leader John Clancy declared “Birmingham is open for business” after signing an agreement with Chinese property development company Country Garden said to be worth up to £2 billion to the Birmingham economy, reports Kevin Johnson.
Cllr Clancy is on a week-long trade mission to China and Hong Kong, where he is looking for big-money investors to build houses and create jobs across the city.
Prime Minister Theresa May has just returned from China where she has been meeting fellow world leaders at her first G20 summit.
The city council leader has today signed a Joint Statement of Investment Commitment with Country Garden that will initially see the Guangdong-based company:
- Explore large scale investment opportunities in Birmingham city region area with particular focus on regeneration and investment options related to the HS2 project.
- Work jointly to find areas of collaboration with regard to delivering significant new housing stock in Birmingham city and the surrounding area.
Cllr Clancy said:
The landscape has inevitably changed post-Brexit and Birmingham is already out of the starting blocks. That’s why I’m here selling our city to many of China’s leading investors.
This agreement is about bringing good jobs and quality homes to Birmingham. Country Garden have a proven track record of building homes at pace and scale. They have played a major role over the last 20 years, as housebuilders have met the massive demands of China’s rapidly expanding economy.
Bringing this level of investment and experience to Birmingham would be a massive economic boost to the region’s businesses, skills base and families. It’s about bringing new, big capital spend to the city, quickly. This is about building houses, jobs and futures for young Brummies and families across the region.
Country Garden understand the demands in Birmingham and are clearly excited at the prospect of investing in our young, growing city.
Country Garden founder and chairman Mr Yang Guoqiang said:
I have been impressed with Birmingham’s ambition and huge potential and I am delighted to announce this investment commitment to support significant housing and infrastructure development in the city.
We have a proven track record in delivering quality housing at a scale to match Birmingham’s ambitions and with major projects coming to the city, including the forthcoming High Speed two project, these are exciting times for Country Garden and Birmingham.
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