This plot of land at Longbridge Town Centre was opened in 2013. Austin Park was where the Austin later MG Rover works used to be until 2005. There was also a former Halesowen Railway. The park is boarded by Bournville College, and the Town Centre buildings with Premier Inn and The Cambridge pub. Entrance on Bristol Road South. You can also see the River Rea here.

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The "new" Austin Park at Longbridge Town Centre





This plot of land at Longbridge Town Centre was opened in 2013. Austin Park was where the Austin later MG Rover works used to be until 2005. There was also a former Halesowen Railway. The park is boarded by Bournville College, and the Town Centre buildings with Premier Inn and The Cambridge pub. Entrance on Bristol Road South. You can also see the River Rea here.


Austin Park

at Longbridge Town Centre

Austin Park is at Longbridge Birmingham. Located between College Street and High Street. St Modwen started the development of the new Austin Park in the winter of 2012/13. On one of my visits to Longbridge in February 2013, they were already digging up the land and preparing it. On a later visit in August 2013, the park was looking more or less complete, but it was not yet open to the public. The decking had been laid out, as well as the landscaping around the River Rea. It was only by November 2013 that I was able to have a short walk around Austin Park. Getting in from the Longbridge High Street and walking to the Bristol Road South entrance / exit. I first went to the then new Costa Coffee  (my first visit, I've been a few times in the years since then) at Longbridge Town Centre before going around the park.

The park is served by many bus routes on the Bristol Road South and Longbridge Lane, such as the 63, 45, 47 and the 49. More recently the X20, X21 and the X22 go nearby. The park is also in walking distance of Longbridge Station (which had a new station building built in 2019).

2013

First views of the almost complete new Austin Park back in August 2013. I've been travelling down to Longbridge since 2010 getting many updates of the developments here. The new decking seen from the Bristol Road South, with the River Rea in the middle.

To the left is Bournville College, and where College Street would eventually be. It opened there in September 2011.

The site to the right has yet to be developed on, even 7 years on.

But to the far left a new Marks & Spencer store would be built, as well as other retail units (as well as a car park). Also a retirement village would be built a little bit up the Lickey Road.

Straight ahead is the new Sainsbury's on the High Street. Also built was a Premier Inn. A pub called The Cambridge, and there is also a Costa Coffee on the High Street. These all opened later in 2013.

Between Bournville College and the park would be built a car park for the college.

On another visit in November 2013, I was able to walk around Austin Park. After my first visit to the Costa Coffee at Longbridge Town Centre (on the High Street), I finally got to go around the new park.

A path curves around the River Rea. Trees were quite new at this point.

The River Rea curving towards Bournville College (seen on the left).

Below the Premier Inn at the time was a Beefeater, next to The Cambridge pub (run by Hungry Horse).

A metal footbridge crosses over the River Rea. Bournville College on the right of this view (below).

A close up look at the metal footbridge in the direction of Bournville College.

The bridge over the Bristol Road South is a reminder of the former Halesowen Railway which used to link Halesowen to Longbridge. There used to be another Longbridge Station on the other side of the bridge (it was demolished by 2013). There was also a signal box on this side of the former railway that I saw in 2010 (but demolished by 2011 or 2012.

A lot of new trees planted by the path in the view towards Bournville College.

There was another footbridge at the Bristol Road South end of the park. There is now also another entrance / exit close to Bournville College.

There is an open gate to the pavement onto Bristol Road South. Not far from the roundabout. Lickey Road to the left leads to Cofton Hacket and Cofton Park.

2016

Just the odd photo of Austin Park in the years since it opened. This one from January 2016. A view of the River Rea towards the construction site of the Extra Care Retirement Village, in the bright sunshine. To the far left, the new Marks & Spencer had just opened, along with the other retail units (the then purpose of this particular visit).

On another visit to Longbridge Town Centre in November 2016 I saw this sign (a reminder of the Austin / MG Rover past and it's former workers):

IT WASN'T ABOUT CARS

IT WAS ABOUT PEOPLE

2017

On my first visit to the inside of Marks & Spencer in Longbridge during October 2017, I popped into M & S Cafe for a coffee and toastie. I sat at a table near the window. There was a balcony outside, but think it was closed at the time. Saw this view towards Austin Park.

Also visible was the Royal Centre of Defence Medicine Accommodation, which was completed at the time. The car park here was mainly for M & S and for the new retail units to the left of here.

2018

In January 2018, I returned to Beacon Hill at the Lickey Hills Country Park, and while there got a zoom in of Longbridge Town Centre. Austin Park is a bit hard to see from here, but you can see Bournville College, Premier Inn and M & S from up here. Birmingham is clearly a city of trees! And beyond into Worcestershire.

Some views in April 2018 of the daffodils in Austin Park.

These yellow flowers were growing at the time on both sides of the River Rea. Possibly Marsh Marigold if Google Lens is to be believed.

Some more daffodils near some dry grass near one of the new trees.

2020

Views of Longbridge Town Centre seen from the Waseley Hills Country Park near the end of June 2020. While Austin Park isn't visible from up here, you can see the buildings that surrounds it, such as the Royal Centre of Defence Medicine Accommodation, Premier Inn, Sainsbury's and M & S.

Also got Bournville College in this next view from the Waseley Hills. So many trees up here, and beyond into Birmingham. The trees in Austin Park would have been there for around 7 years now.

For a similar post relating to Sir Herbert Austin, go to this post: Herbert Austin: making cars at Longbridge and the Austin Village.

If you want to check out my Cofton Park post it is here: Cofton Park in Rednal and near Longbridge.

If you want to see my views of Beacon Hill, go to this post: Beacon Hill at the Lickey Hills Country Park.

I plan on doing a post soon on my recent visit to the Waseley Hills Country Park so watch this space!

 

Photos taken by Elliott Brown.

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