This is a boundary breaking partnership between two Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEP) and seven Local Authorities, with strong Ministerial backing from Government, and a unified fast-track approach to plan-led economic development, making it all the more powerful an investment proposition.
These partners share a single vision - a single economic footprint creating a coherent investment market boosted by the international investment magnet of High Speed Rail connectivity. This is an unbeatable growth opportunity for investors.
With powerful Government backing, the partnership's ambition is to deliver 100,000 new homes and 120,000 new jobs by 2040.
On 1 November, 2018, The Constellation Partnership released its HS2 Growth Strategy which outlines the important case for investment in the region. The strategy features key information around the economic potential of HS2 and how we are working on getting the right solution for the area to maximise our assets. Ideally positioned between Birmingham and Manchester the region sets to be a beacon of transformational economic growth.
The Constellation Area
The Constellation region has unrivalled, 360° connectivity, superbly placed for both east-west and north-south connections nationally by rail and road, and with an international reach via easy access to key UK airports.
This already valuable connectivity will be given a supercharge through the investment in the High Speed Rail 2 rail hub at Crewe along with HS2 connectivity for the burgeoning city of Stoke-on-Trent and the county town of Stafford. When HS2 arrives, nowhere else in the UK will offer both direct connections to London in 55 minutes and Manchester and Birmingham in around 20 minutes, amplifying growth opportunities.
The region is ripe for investment, boasting a skilled population, a high-value, multi-university fed knowledge economy, a dynamic business environment based around a range of growth sectors, a diverse manufacturing offer, a superb mix of natural environments and significant land readily available for employment and housing growth. By releasing capacity on our existing rail network, HS2 investment provides the opportunity to deliver more trains to more destinations across the Constellation and beyond, unlocking new markets and presenting new opportunities for our businesses and communities.
The Constellation Partnership offers a remarkable investment opportunity at the heart of the UK economy.
Introducing our Chair, Jackie Sadek
Jackie Sadek started her career in urban regeneration at the London Docklands Development Corporation before joining Stanhope plc, where she worked on Broadgate, Stockley Park, Chiswick Park and Kings Cross.
In the 1990s she joined the site acquisition team at Tesco plc, pioneering the “homes above shops” format, before forming the Paddington Regeneration Partnership in 1988 on behalf of all the Paddington developers and creating a fully integrated mixed use development at a national transport hub. She went on to lead a number of large scale projects in the public sector, notably Kent Thameside and Park Royal, before serving as Head of Regeneration for CB Richard Ellis from 2007 to 2010.
Jackie has more than 20 years’ experience in property development, managing large-scale urban regeneration projects and public-private sector partnerships. She is expert in stakeholder engagement and in the development of complex land ownership partnerships to bring forward difficult sites, including securing funding for local economic benefits arising from the development process. As a national spokesperson on regeneration matters and a speaker and broadcaster on regeneration issues, she is chief executive of UK Regeneration.
Jackie Sadek was appointed as policy adviser to Greg Clark MP, the Minister for Cities in 2014 and was announced as Chair of the Northern Gateway Development Zone, now the Constellation Partnership in October 2016.