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21 May 2024 - Stephen Giles
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Cortland Broad St. - May 24' Completion Update

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With the finishing touches being applied to Cortland Broad St., a part 6-35 storey BTR development, here's our final update from a site that started in October 2021.

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Drone photography by Stephen Giles. CGIs below are from Cortland.com

Phase II of the project has consent for an eight storey, 3* budget hotel facing onto Grosvenor Street West and is dependent on a pre-let hotel occupier. Watch this space!

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21 May 2024 - Stephen Giles
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Beorma Quarter Phase II: May 2024 Construction Update

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There's real upward momentum happening now at Beorma Tower.

Floors are now taking shape behind the hoardings, including behind the retained building at 138 High Street, with the core also up to level five.

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Photos by Stephen Giles.

Photos by Daniel Sturley.

CGIs from Broadway Malyan/ Gleeds/ Salhia.

For more on Beorma, follow our development map.

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21 May 2024 - Stephen Giles
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Sapphire Court, Bradford Street, Digbeth - UNDERWAY!

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Sapphire Court is in its early stages of development, which will see the creation of a high-quality, urban living environment within the emerging Rea Valley Urban Quarter.

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Developed by 10M Group and Corstorphine & Wright, the team also behind the recently-completed Apex Lofts (next door) and Fountain Lofts (Alcester Street), also in Digbeth, Sapphire Court will introduce 166 more homes to an area undergoing quite the resurgance.

H-shaped in footprint, a six- to eight-storey will be built, introducing one- & two-bed apartments and duplexes, seventeen affordable units and 166 bicycle spaces.

Warwick Street and Bradford Street will both benefit from new entrances to their respective streets, with residents also set to benefit from two large communal gardens.

Be sure to follow Sapphire Court here with us!

All artists impressions are the property of Corstorphine + Wright Architects.

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19 May 2024 - Stephen Giles
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Vita Student Gough Street - May 2024 Update

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A new purpose-built student accommodation development is now rising on Gough Street and Suffolk Street Queensway

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Rising to 30 storeys, the 540-bed managed development is now making its presence known on the skyline.

The development sits on the eastern periphery of the Grade B locally listed Christadelphian Hall and the Grade II-listed Birmingham Hebrew Congregation (Singers Hill Synagogue) to the northwest.

The site will introduce two interlinked BREEAM 'Excellent' buildings of 10 & 30 storeys (approximately 92m, inc. ground floor and roof level), bringing an eclectic array of managed studios aimed at the top end of the student market.

Students will soon benefit from a concierge, dining rooms, a gym, social hub, games area, study spaces, an outdoor terrace, and spaces for 254 bicycles.

Harmonising the architectural heritage of the city and adding to a street in the process of being repaired, the development will be made up of red brick and glass, creating depth, texture, and visual interest on what is a primary route into the city.

Construction images from Stephen Giles & Daniel Sturley. CGIs from Urban InnovationsView the site map HERE.

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18 May 2024 - Stephen Giles
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South Central Tower - Closing in on Completion, May 2024

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Birmingham's first terracotta tower is closing in on completion.

The bronze PPC panels are now in the process of being fitted to the rooftop garden space, following the colour scheme of the tower's base and spandrel panels on the upper floors.

166 new homes, a commercial unit, and a range of amenities.

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Images from Stephen Giles. View the map of the site (with more info!) here.

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16 May 2024 - Stephen Giles
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Rebirth of the River Rea approved by Birmingham City Council

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Birmingham City Council’s Planning Committee has approved an application by Dandara Living to deliver over 1,300 new homes and commercial space at Warner’s Fields.

Following on from an earlier post, here's more regarding the development.

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The development will deliver a new sustainable neighbourhood centred around a renaturalised River Rea, which runs through the middle of the site, but is not currently accessible to the public.

Dandara will invest in landscaping the river, creating desirable new public spaces along its banks and laying the foundations for a dynamic new mixed-use destination a short walk from the city centre.

This first phase (below) of the development will spearhead the delivery of the Council’s Rea Valley Urban Quarter regeneration with successive phases delivering further homes, workspaces, commercial space and new active travel routes.

Dandara Living is one of the UK’s leading built-to-Rent Developers with an already strong track record of delivery in Birmingham City Centre at its sites at Aston Place and Unity & Armouries.

Rachel Allwood, Planning Director at Dandara Living, said:

“We are delighted that Birmingham City Council’s Planning Committee has today approved our
application to deliver a new neighbourhood at Warner's Fields.

The redevelopment will deliver much-needed new homes to meet Birmingham’s housing need and drive the ecological and environmental transformation of this part of the city by renaturalising the River Rea and delivering significant net biodiversity gain.

We are grateful to the Officers at BCC who recognised the necessity of this phasing and recommended the scheme for approval and to the Committee Members who approved it.”

Warner Fields, images from Dandara Living/ Howells.

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16 May 2024 - Stephen Giles
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Warner Fields: A 3,351-home riverside regeneration

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Two planning applications for thousands of homes as part of a new riverside neighbourhood have been greenlit.

Dandara Living's ten-block Warner Fields development will see the long-term redevelopment of this site located at Moseley Street in Southside.

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THE SITE: Interactive Map

 

Warner Fields is a unique, long-term riverside neighbourhood set to deliver 1,351 new homes across ten new blocks of four to 15 storeys.

Over 50% will be devoted to new green and pedestrian space, with the site's centrepiece being the River Rea, which will be broken out of its culvert and re-naturalised across both banks, with a new bridge connecting Charles Henry St. with Rea Street South.

Phases 1-4 (full detailed), overlapping with the river works, will introduce 1,056 BTR one- to three-bedroom apartments (597 one, 420 two & 39 three-beds) and over 30K SF of flexible floorspace, with commercial/flexible uses across the entirety of the ground floor.

Phase 5 (outline) could see a further c. 295 homes and over 46K SF of flexible floorspace.

When complete, Warner Fields will benefit from sustainable drainage systems, pocket parks, green and brown roofs, courtyards, roof terraces, and new cycleways (1,164 cycle spaces) and footways.

No affordable housing will be available in light of the viability issues associated with the extensive public realm and works to the River Rea.

Warner Fields, images from Howells.

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13 May 2024 - Stephen Giles
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Smith's Garden - the UK's largest Modular BTR neighbourhood

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All rise at Smith's Garden at 193 Camp Hill!

This is the UK’s largest modular Build to Rent neighbourhood, and it's beginning to take shape next to Bordesley Station. 

Smith's Garden: six buildings of up to 26 storeys, all centred around one acre of private green space.

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SMITH'S GARDEN: DEVELOPMENT MAP

Smith's Garden CGIs: Goodstone Living; drone image: Stephen Giles.

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08 May 2024 - Stephen Giles
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Perryian Works: A First Glimpse at Plans!

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Here’s a first look at Perryian Works, a flagship student accommodation scheme coming forward at 1 Lancaster Circus.

A public consultation formally opens tomorrow. Here’s the first glimpse of early plans.

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Acquired in 2021, the underutilised office site is moving forward with reimagined plans for two new towers of around 40 and 50 storeys, containing purpose-built student studio accommodation.

Plans would see the site redeveloped and opened up, with a dynamic variety of public commercial and leisure spaces introduced at street level.

A plethora of amenities would be on offer, including two rooftop terraces for students, along with an 'attractive new public realm and pedestrian link', a series of courtyards and seating areas, green spaces, tree planting, and potential water features. 

The landmark development would go some way toward supporting the growth and delivery of Birmingham Innovation Quarter, which forms part of the West Midlands Investment Zone.



The site was once home to Perry & Co., where pens, chains, and bicycles were all produced and sold worldwide.

A public consultation will take place tomorrow (May 9) at Aston Conferences, Meeting Room 127, between 10am and 4pm. Can’t make it?.

The website, https://www.perryianworks.co.uk/, is now live and open to feedback.

Perryian Works, images from SAMA Investments.

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26 Apr 2024 - Stephen Giles
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Scholars Quarter Closing in on Completion - April 2024 Update

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Scholar’s Quarter in the Jewellery Quarter has seen an unloved former industrial site transformed into an intimate new residential neighbourhood.

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Kings Crescent Homes have carefully developed the site (external) with six interconnected new builds, each one designed with its own character while respecting the historic nature of Legge Lane and the Jewellery Quarter Conservation Area.

The site had remained unused since it ceased industrial use in the 1970s, with only dilapidated structures remaining on site, including the 19th-century and Grade II listed Wellington Works.

Wellington Works, unfortunately, had to be demolished owing to a partial collapse leading up to construction.

However, the historic building has since been reconstructed using mostly salvaged bricks from its demolition, with the building following the same form as its original, with the building now back to sitting loud and proud facing onto Legge Lane.

Within the site, residents will benefit from five intimate courtyard gardens, with many also benefiting from balconies and private terraces.

Drone photography from Stephen Giles; CGIs from King Crescent Homes.

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25 Apr 2024 - Stephen Giles
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APPROVED: The Triangle site in Selly Oak

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The former Selly Oak Sainsbury’s retail centre is to be revitalised with a community-led regeneration.

Plans were approved today (25 April 2024) at Birmingham’s Planning Committee

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GHL (Selly Oak) Ltd, a collaboration between Apsley House Capital and Galliard Homes, snapped up the brownfield site last year, adding to its Birmingham-focused portfolio.

Designed by Corstorphine + Wright, two builds of four and six storeys will be introduced, bringing together 836 student beds - 364 en-suite clusters, and 472 studios - as well as new retail and commercial space.

This will see a reactivated Bristol Street, a new medical facility for the local community, and, boosting connectivity, four public amenity areas with a public realm and plaza space, a retained Selly Oak tree, and a centralised link street.

Students living here will benefit from a gymnasium, cinema, study room, wellness areas, and lounges, with small, private courtyards and roof terraces.

There will be 34 car parking spaces for the medical centre, with three loading bays, four disabled student bays, and 472 cycles spread across the site.

All images are the property of The Galliard Apsley Partnership and Corstorphine & Wright.

PROJECT TEAM (SEE OUR MAP OF THE SITE HERE:

DEVELOPER: The Galliard Apsley Partnership
ARCHITECTS: Corstorphine & Wright, Macgregor Smith
CIVIL & STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: Simpson TWS
M&E: D.W Pointer
GI-GEO TECH: GB Card
ECOLOGY: Middlemarch
AIR QUALITY: Simon Grubb
DAYLIGHT, SUNLIGHT: Devla Parman Redler
TRANSPORT: mode
ENERGY: Ana Fuente-Barco, Colliers
FIRE ENGINEER: Ashton Fire
ACOUSTICS: David Sutton
ARBORICULTURE: Arborclimb
PLANNING CONSULTANT: Knight Frank
PR COMMUNICATIONS: Holland Lloyd
PLANNING APPLICATION NUMBER:
2023/08290/PA* (Full Planning)

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25 Apr 2024 - Stephen Giles
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APPROVED: Thumbs up for Clyde Street - 481 Homes

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Plans for 481 homes on Clyde Street, Digbeth, have finally been approved, weeks after plans were deferred for more information regarding aviation safety and affordable housing

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Clarion Housing Group, the UK’s largest affordable housing provider, through their subsidiary Latimer, now has consent to introduce 481 homes across two interlinked buildings of 10 and 34 storeys (107.8m) on the former Safestore plot.

Plans also include five commercial units on High Street, a new public realm (again on High Street), and a whopping 55% affordable housing.

This will be achieved via a Homes England grant, with 141 earmarked for social rent and 127 for shared ownership.

In addition, residents will benefit from a 31st-floor roof terrace, a landscaped woodland courtyard, workspaces, a parcel room, and 277 cycle spaces.

Some conditions arising from approval include the finalising of a S106 legal agreement, with Birmingham Airport also recommending a construction management strategy, a bird hazard management plan, a permanent obstacle lighting scheme, and a CAA crane notification condition.

These pre-commencement conditions, and more, will need to be approved before the project gets underway.

Clarion has already transacted on a portion of the land and is committed to expanding its current portfolio of over 2,500 affordable homes in the city.

You can view the development on our map. Also, feel free to follow us on our socials: X & Instagram.

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21 Apr 2024 - Stephen Giles
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Boulevard - April 2024 Construction Update

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Boulevard, Bristol Street, Birmingham

This April construction update showcases the brilliant progress being made at Boulevard, a flagship rental scheme set to introduce 278 homes to this ever-evolving area of the city.

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We got our drone up over the weekend to show the fantastic progress on site at Boulevard on Bristol Street.​

The flagship development from INVESTIN will introduce 278 city-centre one- and two-bedroom apartments to the area across builds of up to 15 storeys.

With SFS (Steel Framing Systems) underway, internals set to start in June, and a show apartment due soon, residents living here will have a wide-range of amenities to feast on.

There will be a gymnasium and cinema space, spacious lounges and workspaces, a podium courtyard, and a roof terrace, with Boulevard setting the standard for the rental sector in this part of the city.

VIRTUAL REALITY TOUR LINK HERE.

Boulevard, drone images from Stephen Giles; CGIs from Investin, Wake Morley Architects & Connells.

View the site on our development map HERE.

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11 Apr 2024 - Stephen Giles
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Goods Station: A Major Residential-Led, Mixed Use Development

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A second round of consultation on a huge mixed-use scheme in Birmingham has officially launched.

‘Goods Station’ from Vita Group is on the site of the former Axis office block, now demolished, next to the Mailbox​.

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Vita seeks to create a new landmark destination for Westside and Ladywood - a dynamic hub for people to live, stay, and socialise.

While the plans will continue to evolve ahead of a third consultation later in the year, the early plans put forward have confirmed that the site will move forward with the introduction of a residential-led, mixed use development on the now-vacant site.

This would see new buildings ranging from 13 up to 49 storeys, delivering over 1,200 new homes across a range of tenures, a 300-bed aparthotel, up to 750 student beds, and a multi-level foodhall, restaurant, and retail.



All buildings would be set around an extensive new public realm and urban garden, further boosted by biodiverse wildlife & new public spaces.

Chesire-based Vita Group said last year that it hoped to reanimate and open up the site with a vibrant “neighbourhood that celebrates independent trade."

Development director Jon Weston said: "As we get closer to defining our plans, we'd like to hear your thoughts about our emerging proposal for the masterplan. The aim is to create a vibrant and inclusive neighbourhood."

A drop-in event takes place today at Spaces, in the Mailbox, from 12pm to 2.30pm and 5pm to 7pm. Alternately, an online consultation has also gone live on the Goods Station website, which will run until April 25.

Goods Station, images from Vita Group, and SimpsonHaugh.

You can view the site here on our map. Also, feel free to follow us on our socials: X & Instagram.

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10 Apr 2024 - Stephen Giles
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Construction of The Octagon - April 2024 Update

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The Octagon is about to start the final phase of external construction with the addition of the final floors up to the full height of 155m, currently on floor 39 of 49. Here is a sample of photos from the huge photo gallery for this building from mid February onwards....

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There are now over 2600 construction photos of this building in the full gallery:

Click here to view the full construction photo gallery...

April

Photography by Daniel Sturley

March

Photography by Daniel Sturley

Photography by Elliott Brown

Photography by Daniel Sturley

Photography by Elliott Brown

Photography by Daniel Sturley

Photography by Elliott Brown

Photography by Daniel Sturley

Photography by Elliott Brown

Photography by Daniel Sturley

 

February

Photography by Daniel Sturley

Photography by Elliott Brown

Photography by Daniel Sturley

Photography by Elliott Brown

Photography by Stephen Giles.

There are now over 2600 construction photos of this building in the full gallery:

Click here to view the full construction photo gallery...

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28 Mar 2024 - Stephen Giles
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Smith's Garden - the UK's largest Modular BTR neighbourhood

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Smith’s Garden at 193 Camp Hill, the UK’s largest modular Build to Rent neighbourhood, is beginning to take shape next to Bordesley Station.

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Smith’s Garden is a 550-bed build-to-rent (BTR) community spread over six new modular buildings ranging from three to 26 storeys.

The largest modular BTR scheme in the country, Smith's Garden will be centred around one acre of private green space and will incorporate well-being, innovation, and sustainability, nurturing Digbeth’s live-work-play ethos.

An eclectic mixture of one- to three-bedroom apartments, along with standalone four-bedroom family townhouses, will be on offer here.

This will be complemented by over 21K SF of amenities, including a gym, crèche, workspaces, and rooftop terraces, in addition to the central greenery.

There will also be affordable units & dedicated commercial spaces (c. 15K SF) for the likes of restaurants, cafes, boutiques, start-ups, and independent retailers to set up shop here.

Smith's Garden comes from Goodstone Living, the UK BTR arm of Macquarie Asset Management, with Darling Associates designing the scheme.

The tower, now under construction as seen below, has since been amended and will be made of red brick:

Smith's Garden CGIs: Goodstone Living; drone image: Stephen Giles.

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26 Mar 2024 - Stephen Giles
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Glasswater Locks, March 2024 Construction Update

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Building number FOUR is starting its upward ascent at Glasswater Locks, a phased canalside destination in Eastside.

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Glasswater Locks, Birmingham’s latest canalside destination, is transforming a site full of industrial heritage into a thriving mixed-use development.

Injecting life into the canalside, the site will offer an appealing alternative to the buzz of the city, with seven new buildings of up to 38 storeys (123.85m), bringing 762 apartments and duplexes, catering to every lifestyle (341 one, 383 two, 30 three-beds; 37 S/O).

Complementing the built environment will be a market square, 155m of elevated shared podiums containing alfresco restaurants, bars, and cafes, and opportunities for interactive and public art.

For residents, there will be a canalside club with elevated gardens, lounges, a concierge, balconies, reading and workspaces, a gym, games, and a cinema room.

Curzon Wharf is now under construction, following in the footsteps of Ashted, Belmont, and Cardigan Wharf.

All four buildings are 9-storeys tall and will introduce 312 canalside homes, with 78 in each.

Words & drone photography from Stephen Giles (X); CGIs from Berkeley Group.

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24 Mar 2024 - Stephen Giles
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Beorma Quarter Phase II: The Tower is on the Rise!

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Work continues to progress here.

The slipform of the tower core is now rising above the hoardings (resi & offices), with the basement perimeter walls completed ahead of the ground-floor slab pour in the coming weeks!

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Construction images from Stephen Giles; CGIs from Broadway Malyan/ Gleeds/ Salhia.

For more on Beorma, follow our development map.

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14 Mar 2024 - Stephen Giles
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47 Storey Tower Approved at 90 Broad Street

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The Essington, 90-97 Broad Street, is a landmark build-to-rent (BTR) development set for Broad Street.

The 47-storey tower, which will introduce over 500 homes, has today been approved (March 14 2024).

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With Broad Street and tall buildings becoming quite the norm, The Essington is the latest project to be greenlit.

Sat next door to the recently approved ‘The Hundred’ at 100 Broad Street, The Essington, at 47 storeys (145m), will be another prime Build to Rent development for Birmingham – and, for the moment at least, the tallest to date.

525 more homes will be introduced to Broad Street, with the scheme coming from Regal PG, the group behind the nearby Bank buildings, the 30-storey 'South Central', NBHD on Morville Street, with future projects including Scarlett's on Bristol Street, a hotel on Corporation Street, and a few more.



Designed to high-specs, The Essington will introduce 229 one & 296 two-bedroom homes (1-4 persons), with an agreed 21 units being made affordable at discounts – the most it can sustain without rendering the scheme unviable.

At lower levels, residents will have a wealth of facilities including storage/workshop space for 163 cycles, WFH areas, a yoga/well-being studio, a gym and sauna, a lounge, parcel room & nursery, plus games, cinema, events and arcade rooms.

At level 46, where six penthouses will be created, will also feature the city’s highest private dining room, with a sky lounge and several terraces.

The Essington is expected to be built out in pre-cast concrete porcelain with a white roughcast finish, rib-patterned profiles & a pearl gold window system.

Public benefits will also see a new £1M pocket park connecting Broad Street with Essington Street (eq. 2.67% affordable housing), in addition to a Community Infrastructure Levy of £3.72M (eq. 9.5% affordable housing).

 

The Essington, images from Regal Property Group & Glancy Nicholls Architects.

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14 Mar 2024 - Stephen Giles
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Approval for 234-home Icknield Square

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Icknield Square is a brand-new canalside community set to introduce 234 homes to a dormant site.

The project has today been approved by BCC's Planning Committee (March 14, 2024).

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Icknield Square is a canalside community set to introduce 234 one- to three-bed build-to-rent homes across several interlinked new builds.

The dormant former industrial plot, adjacent to Port Loop, represents a major opportunity to reconnect the site with a new, sustainable, and green community destination.

Brought forward by Places for People and designed by Howells, builds of between four and 10 storeys will be delivered across three plots, each one designed in a modern industrial aesthetic whilst displaying low carbon principles.



88 one, 132 two, and 14 three-bedroom homes (2-5 persons) will be on offer – 10% affordable – complemented by a unique amenity offering.

This will see a brand new public realm & an ‘Icknield Wharf’ public square, providing unrestricted access to the canal towpath.

Residents will benefit from biodiverse courtyards with canalside seating and terraced areas.

There will also be approximately 2,100K SF of commercial (Class E) bringing added vitality to the site.

Further championing sustainability, 270 cycles (inc. 27 visitors) and 14 undercroft spaces for vehicles, each fitted with EV charging points, will be on offer.

You can follow the development here.
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11 Mar 2024 - Stephen Giles
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Clyde Street: Approval Recommended

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Clyde Street, a development from the UK’s largest affordable housing provider, is to deliver two interlinked new builds of 10 & 34 storeys (107.8m).

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Latimer, a subsidiary of Clarion Housing Group, wants to deliver 481 new homes – 168 one, 310 two & 3 three-beds – five commercial units (6,800K SF), and a whopping 55% affordable housing.

These plans will see the redevelopment of the former Safestore industrial facility and surrounding hard-standing car parking.

Two interlinked new builds of ten and 34 storeys are proposed, linked via a single-storey pavilion structure.

Coming via a Homes England (H.E) grant once approval has been secured – H.E is a strategic partner for Clarion – 55% affordability will be introduced to the site, accommodating 141 for Social Rent & 127 for Shared Ownership.

In addition to the five commercial units, residents will benefit from a 31st-floor roof terrace, a heavily landscaped woodland courtyard, workspaces, a parcel room, 277 bicycle spaces, and a new High Street public realm – trees, planters and paving.

Clarion has already transacted on a portion of the land and is committed to expanding its current portfolio of over 2,500 affordable homes in the City..

The plans will be determined at Planning Committee on March 14, at 11 am.

You can view the development on our map. Also, feel free to follow us on our socials: X & Instagram.

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07 Mar 2024 - Stephen Giles
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Approval Recommended for 47 Storey 'The Essington' on Broad Street

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The Essington, 90-97 Broad Street, is a landmark build-to-rent (BTR) development for Broad Street.

With over 500 homes across a new build 47 storey, it is recommended for approval on March 14.

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With Broad Street and tall buildings becoming quite the norm, The Essington is the next one on the agenda: it is recommended for approval on March 14.

Set to sit next door to ‘The Hundred’ at 100 Broad Street, The Essington, at 47 storeys (145m), will be another prime Build to Rent development for Birmingham – and the tallest.

525 more homes will be introduced to Broad Street, with the scheme coming from Regal PG, the group behind the 22 & 33-storey Bank buildings, the 30-storey 'South Central', NBHD, with future projects including Scarlett's on Bristol Street, and a hotel on Corporation Street.



Designed to high-specs, The Essington seeks to introduce 229 one & 296 two-bedroom homes to the site (1-4 persons), with an agreed 21 units being made affordable at discounts – the most it can sustain without rendering the scheme unviable.

At lower levels, residents will have a wealth of facilities including storage/workshop space for 163 cycles, WFH areas, a yoga/well-being studio, a gym and sauna, a lounge, parcel room & nursery, plus games, cinema, events and arcade rooms.

At level 46, where six spacious penthouses will be created, will also feature the city’s highest private dining room, with a sky lounge and several terraces.

The Essington is expected to be built out in pre-cast concrete porcelain with a white roughcast finish, rib-patterned profiles & a pearl gold window system.

Key public benefits will also see a new £1M pocket park connecting Broad Street with Essington Street (eq. 2.67% affordable housing), in addition to a Community Infrastructure Levy of £3.72M (eq. 9.5% affordable housing).

 

The plans will be determined at Planning Committee on March 14, at 11 am.

The Essington, images from Regal Property Group & Glancy Nicholls Architects.

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28 Feb 2024 - Stephen Giles
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Great Charles Street - February 2024 Update

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A dynamic new neighbourhood to live, work, and play, containing 722 rental homes is well underway at Great Charles Street.

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A huge amount of activity is taking place, as the project team progresses with the superstructure frames which are now starting to take shape visually.

Forming an extension of the Jewellery Quarter whilst bridging the gap with the city core, the former Ludgate Hill Car Park had sat undeveloped since World War II, but will now see a bustling new £302m neighbourhood across four blocks spanning six to 39 storeys (126m).

A range of one-, two- & three-bedroom homes (36 affordable) will be available here, further boosted by vibrant street-level retail, food and drink, offices, and co-working space, delivering a destination site so close to Snow Hill Station.

All of this will be complemented by new areas of public realm, characterful public and private gardens, open-air terraces, a concierge service, a cinema room, sky lounges, and a 24/7 gym and fitness centre.

We've got this development covered: feel free to follow our updates herehere (site map). You can also follow us on X and Instagram.

Drone images by Stephen Giles; CGIs from Ryder Architecture, Moda Living.

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23 Feb 2024 - Stephen Giles
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The Construction of Holloway Head - February 2024

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Holloway Head is being re-energised with the introduction of a new 485-home community.

Spread over four new builds, the site is well advanced and shaping up beautifully!

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The site at 49 Holloway Head, just behind The Sentinels, had been a neglected eyesore for well over two decades.

In 2019, Invesco Real Estate took a punt on the area – and Holloway Head is now rising!

Spread over two phases and four buildings, the site will deliver 132 one, 345 two & 8 three-bedroom homes to cater to every lifestyle.

Complementing these will be a multitude of amenities including shared meeting rooms, workspaces, lounges, dining areas, a street-facing gymnasium, courtyards, roof terraces, and spaces for up to 57 cars (including Blue Badge & EVs) & 112 bicycles.

Phase I - two buildings of up to 14 storeys - is closing in on completion (April 2024). In addition to the homes and amenities, it is here where the Birmingham Girl Guides will call their new HQ; their facilities will include activity rooms, a common room, a main hall, and a shop.

Phase II: Work is well advanced on the final two buildings (2025 completion):

Images from Stephen Giles; CGIs from Corstorphine+Wright/ Winvic.

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20 Feb 2024 - Stephen Giles
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Enclave: Birmingham On The Rise - February 2024 Update

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All three phases at Enclave: Birmingham, on Lower Essex Street in Southside, are now well under construction and taking shape.
 

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Enclave: Birmingham is a brand new 628 build-to-rent community coming to Southside.

Recently forward funded and acquired by Blackrock Alternatives alongside Outpost Management, who will open their third Enclave-branded scheme here, the development will be spread across three buildings of eight, 12 & 28 storeys (97.95m).

Mixing comfort, connectivity, and stylish interiors, Enclave will offer 306 one, 295 two & 27 three-bedroomed homes, with over 20K SF of amenities & outward-facing commercial, including space for a prominent LGBT charity.

Arranged around two landscaped gardens, residents will benefit from dining suites, lounges, workspaces, a gym, a cinema, a 3D simulation suite, plus a 9th-floor garden and top-floor amenity space on the tallest.



Completing the newly formed site will be a public square and realm, offering a safe and attractive space for everyone, further boosted by a tree-lined 'boulevard' linking Hurst and Lower Essex Street, as well as Sherlock Street.

You can follow its progress here and here with us, as well as on our socials: X, and IG.

Enclave, images from Corstorphine&Wright; drone images from Stephen Giles.

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