Birmingham’s burgeoning culinary reputation is set to be further enhanced after the man who helped deliver some of the city’s most iconic buildings unveiled plans for a “foodie” hub in the heart of the city’s smartest suburbs.

Neil Edginton, who is director at The Cube, wants to transform the old Victorian school with its famous clock tower in Harborne High Street into a mixed use scheme with up to three restaurants, a cookery school, a public square and 10 luxury apartments.

The building – which has been under scaffolding for more than 18 months because of structural problems – is owned by Birmingham City Council, which chose Mr Edginton’s company EDG Property in an open competition to develop the site.

“It’s very exciting to have been selected to develop this historic site in one of the city’s most sought after areas,” said Mr Edginton, who has been working with Bob Ghosh from K4 Architects. “For the last couple of years we have been looking for opportunities in the city and this is undoubtedly one with the most potential. We are now looking forward to working with the local community and the wider city before taking our ideas to planning and hopefully delivering a scheme everyone can be proud of.”

With thanks to Alun Thorne, Birmingham Post