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02 Dec 2021 - Stephen Giles
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S&K Buildings Set for Approval

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Plans for 456 rented homes at S&K Buildings, Digbeth, has taken a major step forward with Birmingham City Council recommending the development for approval.

Plans will be heard on December 9, at 11 am.

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The mixed-use Digbeth scheme from Taylor Grange will see the S&K Buildings transformed into a BTR scheme of 479 apartments, with commercial units, amenities, public terraces & a new riverside walkway.

The visually pleasing S&K Building will be retained and refurbished before undergoing a 2-storey upward extension, with demolition across the site, and the formation of six blocks of 6-7 and 8-10 storeys.

Encompassing the emerging Rea Valley Urban Quarter, the project will provide a healthy combination of 1-3 bedroom apartments and duplexes, alongside a restaurant/bar, gym, and private amenity spaces, including courtyard(s), terraces and balconies.

A new tree-lined riverway public realm will be created adjacent to the River Rea, allowing for fluid connections between Cheapside and Bradford Street, with commercial units and public terraces along the way.

Approval is recommended here, subject to a S106 legal agreement to provide 48 affordable apartments; as well as the payment of c. £116K to cover the cost of two off-site bridge removals bounded by Moseley Street, Charles Henry Street & Rea Street South.

Should this be funded via other means, the money would be put into improving the public realm around the site.

Plans for S&K Buildings will be heard on December 9, 2021, at 11 am.

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25 Nov 2021 - Stephen Giles
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Ambitious Plans Approved for New Bond Street

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Birmingham City Council’s planning committee has this morning voted through ambitious outline plans for up to 762 apartments on land around the forthcoming HS2 station.

 

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The mixed-use scheme, brought forward by Homes England as part of their Accelerated Delivery Pilot, is made up of two distinct land parcels on New Bond Street in the Bordesley area of the city.

The large-scale redevelopment will completely redefine the area into an inclusive & sustainable new canalside community, with the Grand Union Canal firmly at its heart.

Five buildings of up to 15 storeys, complete with 1-3 bedroom homes, commercial spaces and public and private amenity facilities, are to be built.

There is also a promise to provide a policy compliant 35% level of affordable housing.

With consent now granted, the site, subject to a tendering process, will be sold freehold to a developer intending to enter into a build contract for the site.

Works are expected to start in 2023 following a period of demolition of the remaining structures on-site, before completing in 2027.

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10 Nov 2021 - Stephen Giles
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NEC Unveils Masterplan Consultation

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The NEC Group has launched the ambitious new NEC Masterplan for the future of the NEC Campus.

Over 27 hectares of land is to be developed to create new vibrant residential, offices, leisure and community spaces.

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The redevelopment plan will transform over 27 hectares of surface level car parking and surplus land, to create new residential, office, leisure and community spaces.

Overall, the plans are set to create:

  • 5,000 new homes
  • An estimated 3,500 new local jobs
  • 35,000m2 of new commercial space
  • 14,000m2 of new outdoor event space
  • A new hotel
  • New restaurants and cafes
  • New primary school
  • A greener and more sustainable environment on the NEC Campus.

The new 5,000 homes will form a new urban village located in the north of the site, and are set to establish an inclusive, diverse and prosperous community for over 11,000 people.

The village will include a mix of homes and include a range of new services and amenities such as a primary school, mobility hub, and a local centre with shops, cafes and community space.

As one of the nation’s largest brownfield residential development opportunities, the site will make a major contribution to meeting housing needs. Living and working in harmony with the existing mature woodland and hedgerow landscape, the urban village will promote nature focused and active lifestyles.

The ability to integrate the Bickenhill Plantation with the urban village will bring significant benefits through community access and environmental and ecological enhancements. In addition to the urban village will be a new grand plaza and urban boulevard designed to further enhance the vibrancy and attractiveness of the NEC Campus.

The new grand plaza will redefine the area surrounding the NEC’s Atrium halls, enhancing the NEC visitor and organiser experience with a dynamic outdoor event space, cafes and restaurants plus a new hotel. Based on the space utilised, the development will create an estimated 3,500 jobs.

Connecting the site with Arden Cross and the High Speed 2 Interchange, the urban boulevard will extend an inspirational pedestrian focused public realm from the NEC Piazza to a new bridge link over the M42. The urban boulevard will host a series of commercial buildings with ground floor retail and leisure space.

Central to the plans for the site will be sustainable development principles promoting positive social, economic and environmental outcomes from future development. Site specific sustainability interventions will support climate change and clean air initiatives.

The village will be further enhanced by the arrival of High Speed 2 (HS2), with a new Interchange Station being built at Arden Cross adjacent to the NEC Campus. Future development at the NEC Campus can seize these locational benefits and the growth impact that will arise from HS2 and other planned investment in the area.

The NEC is owned by The Blackstone Group, one of the world’s leading investment firms.

Leader of Birmingham City Council, Councillor Ian Ward, which owns the land the NEC Campus is situated on, added:

“This is an exciting moment for Birmingham and the wider West Midlands, as this transformational Masterplan is published. Birmingham is attracting record levels of investment, and the NEC Masterplan is testament to that.

“Over the coming years this project will provide much-needed new homes and high-quality jobs for people from our region and I encourage people to make their thoughts known through the public consultation.

“I believe that we are at the beginning of a Golden Decade for Birmingham, with the Commonwealth Games taking place next year, and the arrival of HS2. The NEC Masterplan will connect the site with Arden Cross and the High Speed 2 Interchange, which together will transform this area, creating thousands of jobs and build thousands of homes.”

Lionel Assant, European Head of Private Equity at Blackstone, said:

“This is brilliant news for the West Midlands. We are proud of our partnership with the NEC Group, and today’s announcement shows the positive impact this business has for local job creation and urban regeneration.”

NEC Group CEO, Paul Thandi, said:

“The NEC Campus is home to one of the top exhibition venues and arenas in Europe, and together with existing partners, we have long held ambitions to create a competitive destination to work, rest, live and play. These partners have seen the potential of the site and now will help us drive further investment and prosperity to the region. Now is the time to be bold and ambitious about the future and harness the power of the real estate we have to offer, whilst simultaneously maximising the benefits of having a young, diverse and entrepreneurial population."

The Masterplan - viewed here - will be subject to a six-week period of public consultation running from 10th November 2021 to 24th December 2021. Following this, the plan will be updated in response to comments and feedback. Following publication of the final Masterplan, the process to select a development partner for the first phase of the urban village will commence.

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29 Oct 2021 - Stephen Giles
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Beorma Quarter CPO Around The Corner

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The Beorma Quarter development has been rumbling on since 2009. However, a compulsory purchase order (CPO) from Birmingham City Council could see the long-awaited development finished to completion.

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In that time, Kuwaiti-linked Salhia Investments delivered a successful Phase one that saw an Adagio apart-hotel built, before renovating Digbeth Cold Storage into offices – now let to The Prince’s Trust.

However, their crowning centrepiece was for a 27-storey residential & office tower – now amended to 30-storeys (113m) – but this has struggled to be implemented over the years.

But this could all change now, thanks to Birmingham City Council.

After months of delays, there are plans for a compulsory purchase order (CPO) to facilitate the remaining interests in the much-anticipated development.

"Proposed Compulsory Purchase Order – Digbeth & Allison Street Birmingham for the Beorma Quarter Development… To seek approval to facilitate the purchase of outstanding interests in Digbeth High Street and Allison Street Birmingham to enable the comprehensive redevelopment of the Beorma Quarter,” the plan says.

A target decision date of December 14 is indicated for the CPO.

PHASES 2 & 3

There have been revisions over the past year. But, as the cynics would point out, revisions have been submitted every two, or so, years, in a bid to keep consent alive.

But with Birmingham City Council set to CPO the site, the tide may be changing.

LATEST APPROVED REVISIONS

Phase 2 would see a 30-storey tower comprising approximately 170K SF of office floor space over the first eleven floors, with the upper floors are dedicated to well over 100 apartments (35-153sqm).

A 28th floor residents’ gym and 29th floor penthouses with terraces are all earmarked, along with a double-height ground floor reception, a cinema, and retail/restaurant space.

Phase 3 would offer live/work units, residential, and yet more offices, in builds of up to 14 storeys.

All images are the property of Nulty+ & Broadway Malyan.
 
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28 Oct 2021 - Stephen Giles
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Green Light for 166 Digbeth Homes

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10m Group recently received the go-ahead to redevelop 215 Bradford Street with Sapphire Court, a new 6-8 storey comprising 166 homes.           ​       

Plans were approved at planning committee on October 14.

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Brought forward by the team developing Apex Lofts (below), next door, Sapphire Court lies within the Southern Gateway & the emerging Rea Valley Urban Quarter, which seeks to create a high quality sustainable mixed-use urban living environment.

Currently accommodating the Sapphire Conference and Banqueting Suite, the site is free to be redeveloped to provide a car-free, H-shaped, 6-8 storey residential development comprising 166 new homes & 166 cycle spaces.

Two new entrances would be created onto both Warwick Street & Bradford Street, with two large communal gardens formed alongside a residential mix of 68 one & 98 two-bedroom apartments (1-4 persons), including 18 duplexes.

Seventeen of the apartments would be made available for low-cost home ownership.

The development is 10m Group's third Birmingham development, after Apex Lofts and Fountain Works - all Digbeth-based.

APEX LOFTS - Images from Stephen Giles; October 2021.

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

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28 Oct 2021 - Stephen Giles
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Approval for Equipoint Phase Two

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Plans for the second and final phase of Equipoint, which saw the landmark first phase transformed into apartments, has been approved.

Plans were unaminously given the green light at planning committee this morning (October 28).

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Following on from the successful £40m extension and conversion of the Equipoint building into 250 apartments, Urban Village Group has today received approval to deliver a further 105 apartments, commercial spaces and amenities.

The development relates to land on an existing car park to the rear of the site.

Featuring two ‘lozenge’ shaped new builds of 3-7 & 9 storeys, the builds have been designed to remain subservient to the original building, but still maintain its own style and identity.

A total of 52 one and 53 two-bed apartments in 1–3-person accommodation, would be delivered alongside 10% affordability, with sizes ranging from 47-66sqm.

To supplement the apartments, a 229 sqm ground floor commercial unit would be provided adjacent Tesco, along with spacious green garden terraces for residents.

Vehicular spaces is to be allocated for circa. 236, with disabled bays and an area of covered cycle storage.

Like it? Be sure to follow the development here with us, as we'll be updating this once it's in full swing.

 

Phase 1:

All artist Impressions are the property of Corstorphine + Wright Architects.

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14 Oct 2021 - Stephen Giles
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Green light for 438 homes at Belgrave Village

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Galliard Homes and Apsley House Capital have been granted planning permission for a landmark residential development of 438 homes on a long-vacant site in Balsall Heath.
 

 

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The joint venture – their fifth major Birmingham development – will now see the creation of a high-quality urban environment comprising 438 homes & a new green linear park.

The site, once occupied by Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College, fronts Belgrave Middleway and Haden Way and is bounded by Sherbourne Road and Balsall Heath Road.

With councillors voting through the plans, the site will now see 14 residential blocks within a mixture of 112 townhouses and 62 adjoining apartments.

Two apartment buildings of 4-7 & 4-12 storeys, containing 264 one & two-bedroom units, will be built at strategic positions overlooking Belgrave Middleway and Haden Circus.

219 one & 107 two-bed apartments along with 38 two, 62 three, and 12 four-bedroom houses, will be established in total – with 44 (10%) affordable units allocated.

Crucially, the outward-looking development, designed by Chetwoods Architects, will feature attractive private and shared courtyards, as well as a new public green linear park to complement the variety of low-rise townhouses and apartment blocks.

Two access points will be formed via Haden Way and Sherbourne Road, with parking for 263 cars alongside 17 motorcycle spaces and spaces for 670 cycles.

All artists impressions are the property of Chetwoods Architects.

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13 Oct 2021 - Stephen Giles
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Introducing: Affinity Living Lancaster Wharf

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Select Property Group's Vita student accommodation brand will now be bringing forward this consented site of 266 apartments on Princip Street, Gun Quarter.

All set for a 2022 launch. Watch this space for more!

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Delivering a prominent new focal point to the Gun Quarter, with active ground floor frontages, set around a green landscaping strategy that seamlessly integrates with the adjacent canal system, the scheme will soon offer premium communal facilities unrivalled in the student sector.

Artists impressions from Select Property Group/ Corstorphine+Wright.

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12 Oct 2021 - Stephen Giles
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85 New Homes For Price Street, Gun Quarter

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Elevate Property Group are seeking the go-ahead to transform 51-61 Price Street with the delivery of 85 apartments – as well as a 3m high artwork structure.

Plans are recommended for approval and will be discussed at committee on October 14.

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The dilapidated site will largely be demolished, with the exception of locally-listed Gunsmith House – which will be retained & converted into 3 apartments – and replaced with three 4-5 storey new builds set around a landscaped courtyard ‘oasis’.

Designed to give the look of three differing buildings, the site, which will feature two dual aspect rear wings and a range of energy-saving measures, will deliver 34 one, 44 two & 4 three-bedroom apartments, in sizes ranging from 39 to a very healthy 115 sq.m.

A communal lounge is set to be created, with many units having the added benefit of a balcony or terrace space.

The gem of the site, however, is unquestionably the heritage asset, Gunsmith House (below). The building is to be refurbished and a new roof installed to deliver 3 units across all floors.

Gunsmith House: image from Stephen Giles/ October 2, 2021.

C. 85 cycle spaces (100%) are to be allocated, as well as a small car park for seven to the rear of Gunsmith House. 5 affordable apartments at 50% of market value have also been agreed upon and will be provided.

** The site was recently occupied by 4 gunmakers involved in the making of various components of sporting guns. The former owner (Laybrook) has since moved them into adjoining listed buildings on Loveday Street, also in their ownership, thus safeguarding their future for years to come.

Rear courtyard: brickwork colour has since been altered.

EXISTING SITE

Existing site: overhead shots from Harris Lamb.

Artists impressions are the property of K4 Architects.

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08 Oct 2021 - Stephen Giles
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Belgrave Village: 438 new homes set for go-ahead

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Major new plans to regenerate a long-vacant site at the corner of Belgrave Middleway and Haden Way have been recommended for approval.

Plans for Belgrave Village will be discussed at planning committee on Thursday, October 14, at 11 am.

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This Galliard Homes and Apsley House Capital joint venture – their fifth major Birmingham development – would deliver a high-quality new urban environment with the delivery of 438 homes & a new green linear park.

Should the distinctive new plans receive the nod next week (October 14), the major scheme would see 14 residential blocks containing a mixture of 112 townhouses and 62 adjoining apartments.

Two apartment buildings, comprising 264 one & two-bedroom units, would also give rise to 4-7 and 4-12 storeys at strategic positions overlooking Belgrave Middleway and Haden Circus.

In total, the development proposes 219 one & 107 two-bed apartments along with 38 two, 62 three, and 12 four-bedroom houses – with 44 (10%) affordable units.

Crucially, the outward-looking development, designed by Chetwoods Architects, would feature attractive private and shared courtyards, as well as a new public green linear park to complement the mixture of low-rise townhouses and apartment blocks.

With two new access points created via Haden Way and Sherbourne Road, parking for 263 cars is to be provided alongside 17 motorcycle spaces and spaces for 670 cycles.

GALLIARD APSLEY PARTNERSHIP

The Galliard and Apsley partnership is firmly established in Birmingham. 

Having already completed B1 Birmingham for DWP, residential schemes at Soho Wharf – the largest Birmingham development today, and The Timber Yard in the Gay Village, are all advanced in their respective construction stage, with St. Paul’s Quarter, in the Jewellery Quarter, just around the corner.

All artists impressions are the property of Chetwoods Architects.

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07 Oct 2021 - Stephen Giles
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Digbeth Scheme Set For Approval

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10m Group are seeking the go-ahead to regenerate 215 Bradford Street with the development of Sapphire Court, a 6-8 storey new build comprising 166 homes.           

Plans have been recommended for approval and will be discussed at committee on October 14.

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Brought forward by the same team developing Apex Lofts, next door, Sapphire Court lies within the emerging Rea Valley Urban Quarter neighbourhood that openly supports well-designed, sustainable resi-led regeneration with a strong insistence on greenery.

H-shaped in design, Sapphire Court would facilitate two new entrances onto Warwick Street & Bradford Street, the formation of two large communal gardens & a carefully considered residential mix of 68 one & 98 two-bedroom apartments (1-4 persons), including 18 spacious duplexes.

Predominately a car-free affair, the scheme would include 166 cycle spaces (100%), all within a vertical stacking system in the site's courtyard.

17 apartments have been agreed and are to be provided for low-cost home ownership at 20% discount on market value.

The existing site, containing three mismatched buildings (Sapphire Conference and Banqueting Suite; a single-storey brick build; and a two-storey clothing manufacturing building) would be demolished and relocated for the scheme to commence.

10m Group and the architects, Corstorphine + Wright, are also well advanced in its Apex Lofts project, next door - as seen at the bottom of the page.

Plans are recommended for approval and will be discussed at committee on October 14, at 11 am.

Apex Lofts - also from 10m Group & Corstorphine+Wright; image from Stephen Giles, October 2021.

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05 Oct 2021 - Stephen Giles
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The Square, Broad Street: Demolition complete; construction imminent

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Construction is imminent at The Square, Broad Street, after the successful demolition of fourteen terraced blocks.

The two-phase redevelopment will kick off with a 6-35 storey residential tower, closely followed by a new 8-storey hotel.

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Elford Demolition & Remediation began strip out works in July before the bulldozers moved in to demolish 14 terraced blocks of up to four storeys and, as the IYB drone image shows, the site is now demolished and inching ever closer towards being construction ready.

Before works can begin, however, a condition to planning approval is the submission of a contaminated remediation scheme - now submitted, awaiting approval.

Once given the green light to proceed, the Principal Contractor of the project, The RG Group, will build The Square out in two phases.

Phase 1, contracted to a build-to-rent operator, will begin with a 6-35-storey tower (110.85m), before an 8-storey hotel is built in Phase 2 – but only once an operator has formally signed up.

OVERVIEW:

Phase 1: 440 (1-3 bed) apartments (4 affordable) within a 6-35 storey tower, alongside a one-storey shared podium & a generous landscaped garden.

The shared podium will offer secure unparalleled access to a host of top-of-the-range internal and external amenities, including: a 200m running track in the courtyard; wellbeing, work & meeting facilities; gym & café space; cinema and party room; a crèche; and dining and lounge areas.

Additional amenities are to be provided at the top of the tower with the introduction of a tenant’s club.

Phase 2: An 8-storey, 229-bed 3* hotel – currently in talks with prospective tenants.

The hotel will, like the residential element, provide flexible ground floor commercial and private external space within the courtyard.

C.168 cycle spaces will serve the development along with the addition of 4 EV (electric vehicle) bays. C.40 new trees will be planted as part of landscaping works to mitigate the loss of 7 trees as part of the demolition.

DEVELOPER: 2020 Living Ltd (Taylor Grange Developments)
ARCHITECTS: Corstorphone + Wright
PRINCIPAL DESIGNER: Construction CDM
PRINCIPAL CONTRACTOR: The RG Group
DEMOLITION CONTRACTOR: Elford Demolition and Remediation
QUANTITY SURVEYOR: WT Partnership
STRUCTURAL & CIVIL ENGINEER: Tier Consult
SERVICES ENGINEER: Vitec
LIFT CONSULTANT: KONE Plc
PLANNING CONSULTANT: Delta Planning
VALUE: c.60 Million

All artist impressions are the property of Corstorphine+Wright.

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30 Sep 2021 - Stephen Giles
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Major Selly Oak Student Scheme Approved!

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Watkins Jones Group has been granted approval to develop a canalside site in Selly Oak with sustainable purpose-built student accommodation containing 523 bedrooms.

After two years’ worth of engagement, plans were duly approved 9 - 1 today (September 30).

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Set around a large central courtyard, and a galvanised canal, Glenn Howells’ BREAAM ‘excellent’ scheme will open the site up with the formation of two new buildings.

11 four-storey townhouses will be built along Elliott Road, while a main 4-6 storey building will wrap around three sides of the site, with the scheme combining 388 cluster bedrooms and 135 studios, including 14 accessible studios beds.

With an attractive green focus throughout, the scheme underlines its high sustainability credentials by delivering a spacious 2,500 sq.m centralised courtyard garden & additional space overlooking the canal - offering students plenty of space to study or unwind.

Other facilities include a gymnasium, study areas, and lounges.

A car-free scheme, cycle storage spaces for 176 will be provided to encourage sustainable travel.

IMPROVEMENTS

Largely vacant units 5-8 of Selly Oak Industrial Estate will now be demolished as part of redevelopment works, boosting the area with major investment and opening the site up for the first time in years. 

Revolution Gymnastics currently reside within one of the units but are well advanced in their search for similarly-sized premises elsewhere in the city. A condition is in place that development cannot commence here without them being adequately relocated.

Once demolished, the site will undergo crucial new improvements to the canal towpath, as well as to the Bristol Road bridge.

This will see the towpaths widened, with increased visibility and new lighting – ultimately bringing new prosperity to the canal and its new area of public realm.

With a CIL payment of c.800K, other works could see £60,000 of S106 funding going to Birmingham City Council to deliver improvements to Selly Oak Park.

It is estimated that this new scheme could see as much as £2.6m injected into the local economy through spending from future occupiers of the development.

EXISTING SITE - Image from Glenn Howells Architects.

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27 Sep 2021 - Stephen Giles
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Plans arrive for second phase of £700m Paradise development

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Three planning applications for the remaining Phase 2 plots at the £700m Paradise redevelopment have arrived, and it features:

  • A 10-storey, office building, Three Chamberlain Square;
  • 17-storey hotel, One Ratcliff Square;
  • and a cohesive new public realm.

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The next phase from developer MEPC, the development arm of Hermes, which took over from Argent in July, includes a 17-storey hotel at the south western corner & an adjacent 10-storey office building, Three Chamberlain Square, fronting Paradise Street.

A series of public squares and new pedestrian routes will also be created through the development, designed by world-renowned landscaping firm Grant Associates.

Statues of chemist Joseph Priestly and steam engineer designed James Watt will return and will take pride of place in the area.

17-STOREY HOTEL: ONE RATCLIFF SQUARE

This landmark hotel, designed by hotel specialists ISA Architecture and Glenn Howells, will feature 152 standard, family and penthouse accommodation, with ground floor food and beverage offerings, and a panoramic sky bar with covered terrace offering views across Birmingham.

With the desire to create a truly mixed-use destination at Paradise, bringing together hotel, leisure, commercial & public spaces, the building features a confident, fluted facade that clearly distinguishes itself from the neighbouring office buildings.

THREE CHAMBERLAIN SQUARE

Three Chamberlain Square, the new 180,000 sq ft office building, has been designed by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios to offer not only a high quality contemporary interpretation of its historic surroundings but also to become one the most sustainable commercial spaces ever brought forward in the region.

With aspirations to achieve BREEAM ‘Excellent’, the 10-storey building will deliver a desirable office environment (21,450 sq.m), whereby health, sustainability and wellbeing will be firmly at its core.

Ground floor will include bustling ground floor offerings, with winter gardens and terraces from level 2 and above; as well as a basement level for 266 cycles and changing facilities for occupiers.

PUBLIC REALM

Ratcliffe Passage, Western Terrace and, as mentioned, Ratcliff Square, will become the new public spaces to be created.

Creating a cohesive pedestrian experience across the area, this will again be designed by world-renowned landscaping firm, Grant Associates, who also completed Paradise Phase One.

Artists' Impressions from Glenn Howells Architects, ISA Architecture, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios & Grant Associates.

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24 Sep 2021 - Stephen Giles
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Major Selly Oak Student Scheme Set For Backing

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Watkins Jones Group is seeking the go-ahead to demolish units 5-8 at Selly Oak Industrial Estate and develop the site with purpose-built student accommodation totalling 523 bedrooms.

Plans have been recommended for approval and will be reviewed at committee on September 30.

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Set around a landscaped central courtyard, and a galvanised canal, Glenn Howells Architects’ designed scheme would bring the site back to life with the formation of two buildings.

11 four-storey townhouses would be built along Elliott Road, while a main 4-6 storey building would wrap around three sides of the site, with its main entrance close to the rejuvenated canal.

The scheme combines 388 cluster bedrooms and 135 studios, including 14 accessible studio bedrooms. 

Boasting a green focus throughout, a large 2,500 sq.m courtyard garden would offer students with a place to study and unwind. An additional strip of landscaped internal communal space is set to overlook the canal.

With the area set to bring new activity and prosperity to the canal and its new area of public realm, other amenities include a gymnasium, study spaces, and lounges. 176 cycle spaces are to be provided.

The companies moving out of the site would be relocated - a process already underway.

Given that Birmingham City Council refused ‘The Triangle’ student scheme – former Sainsbury’s site on Bristol Road – a few months’ back, spearheaded by Weoley & Selly Oak Councillor, Julie Johnson, which is now at appeal, it will be fascinating to see what decision the councillors make regarding a decision here.

Plans are recommended for approval and will be reviewed at committee on September 30, at 11 am.

EXISTING SITE - Image from Glenn Howells Architects.

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16 Sep 2021 - Stephen Giles
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Major Post Pandemic Office Scheme Approved

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A major post-pandemic office scheme at 40 Upper Gough Street has today been approved by Birmingham City Council's planning committee (September 16th, 2021).

  • 218,000 sq ft of flexible workspace & commercial
  • New east-west pedestrian route
  • State-of-the-art rooftop garden
  • ‘BREEAM Outstanding’ project
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    This two block office destination will now see the delivery of a ‘BREEAM Outstanding’ project offering 218,000 sq ft of flexible workspace, public realm improvements, six commercial units, and a state-of-the-art rooftop garden.

    Brought forward by City Realty Ltd, and driven by Holland Lloyd, Lambert Smith Hampton and Corstorphine + Wright, the plans aim to revive the area by delivering a truly mixed-use district.

    THE SITE

    BUILDINGS 1 & 2

    The main building [1] to Upper Gough Street, a 9-storey influenced by the former façade of St. Thomas Church, will wrap along the street and will feature open plan offices, reception & up to five commercial units around its boundary; while a shared basement will offer vehicular access for 20 from Marshall Street, cycle parking, showers, changing facilities, and a café unit.

    The building also includes a set back upper floor, allowing for a state-of-the-art roof garden boasting panoramic views across Birmingham. 

    The second building [2], a red brick affair influenced by the existing 93-99 Holloway Head - coming forward in Phase 2 - tops out at 10 floors onto Marshall Street and 9-storeys to its western end.

    Its basement level includes a loading bay, plant rooms and one commercial unit, with open plan offices also on the upper levels.

    NEW LANDSCAPED PUBLIC REALM

    To create greater permeability between both buildings, the project introduces an exciting east-west pedestrian route that’ll connect the existing Chapmans Passage with Marshall Street & to St. Thomas’ Church & The Peace Garden - one of Birmingham’s most historic of buildings.

    This new space would then offer the real potential for cafes and restaurants to open up shop here.

    FUTURE PHASE(S)

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£30M office 'Enterprise Wharf' well underway

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Lighting progress is being made at Enterprise Wharf, a new £30M addition to Birmingham Innovation Campus - the UK’s largest dedicated digital tech campus, home to over 170 businesses.

Follow the post for an overview of the project and the latest construction images.

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Featuring over 120,000 sq. ft of state-of-the-art commercial office space over ten floors, Enterprise Wharf will soon become Birmingham's first smart-enabled building, providing modern, flexible office space designed with digital and tech businesses in mind.

The building will feature a large, open plan reception and collaboration space, showers and kit drying room, an open-air roof garden alongside new outdoor breakout space, landscaping and public realm, including improved access to the adjacent Birmingham and Fazeley canal.

Enterprise Wharf is earmarked for an October 2022 completion.

ARTISTS IMPRESSIONS

All images are the property of Associated Architects.

PROJECT TEAM:

PARTNERS: Bruntwood SciTech (Bruntwood & Legal and General Joint Venture)
ARCHITECTS: Associated Architects
CONTRACTOR: Graham Construction
AGENTS: Avison Young/ Savills
COST MANAGER: RLF
PLANNING CONSULTANT: Turley Planning

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Approval for Smithfield & Wolverley House

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  • Two new hotels for Birmingham
  • 12-storey, 175-bedroom lifestyle hotel
  • 9-storey, 80-bedroom aparthotel
  • Ground & rooftop public uses

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Birmingham City Council has today approved plans to demolish the underutilised Smithfield House and Wolverley House and redevelop the site with 255-beds across two new hotels.

Comprising two parcels of land, separated by the pedestrianised Upper Mill Lane - which will also undergo £107,000 of public realm improvements, the site is to be developed to deliver a 12-storey, 80-bed aparthotel, and a 9-storey, 175-bed lifestyle hotel.

Each building will serve commercial ground floor uses, including cafe and restaurant space, with the addition of an enclosed rooftop terrace space in Smithfield House, and a rooftop public bar with its own independent entrance at Wolverley House.

Over three years in the making and, with the buildings struggling to attract commercial office tenants, the owners of the site have turned their attention into creating a new destination for the area, sitting as it does on the edge of the emerging Smithfield masterplan.

Lethia Holdings Ltd (freeholder of Wolverley House) and Uddingston Holdings (leaseholder of Smithfield House) are behind these now-approved plans.

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Alben Works, 1-2 Legge Lane, Closing On Completion

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  • New mixed-use redevelopment on Legge Lane
  • 4 live/work units, an office, and 9 rear townhouses
  • All set around a private courtyard
  • Reinstation of building frontage on historic street

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We took to the skies, and to the streets of the Jewellery Quarter, to snap the latest progress on Alben Works, 1-2 Legge Lane.

Liv Projekt - the development company behind Sjölander da Cruz Architects - has repaired and reinstated the plots long lost building frontage by producing an uncompromising mixed use scheme inspired by the industrial heritage of the Jewellery Quarter.

Featuring 4 live/work units - including two duplexes - and a double-height ground floor office unit fronting Legge Lane, Alben Works also provides a rear wing comprising an additional 9 (2-3 bed) contemporary townhouses with outdoor terraces, all set around a quiet courtyard space.

The former site (as seen below), a poorly executed 1960s factory that never truly utilised the site’s footprint, was set back from the street and was at complete odds with its historic surroundings.

It was once home to the Rapid Steel Company that made alben safety razors before being consigned to the history books in 2019.

Since then, Alben Works has been built out by Greswolde Construction, and now offers a fluid rhythm of frontages right across this historic JQ street, respecting the urban and historical contexts of the area but also that of the Jewellery Quarter Conservation Area.

DEMOLISHED: Former Rapid Steel Company warehouse/ Image from Liv Projekt.

Images from Stephen GIles.

ALBEN WORKS: ARTISTS IMPRESSIONS

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Landmark 10-storey Aston University building has been approved

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  • Iconic 10-storey new building will provide work, teaching and social learning space as well as a ground floor public arcade
  • Dynamic new marker building to Aston University
  • Part of an ambitious masterplan for Aston University campus

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Plans for a distinctive lantern-style building providing work, teaching and social learning space at Aston University have been approved by Birmingham City Council (August 5th 2021).

The building represents the first stage of Aston University’s masterplan and long-term strategy to revamp their estate, as they bid to create a ‘destination campus’ over the next decade — a hub comprising high-quality education and innovation set around a central landscaped plaza.

The Hawkins\Brown design is split into two playful elements: the lower civic plinth — containing a public café, lecture theatres & other key public functions — will open out onto the landscaped plaza; and the upper university pavilion: a visually striking lantern with roof terraces and a variety of teaching spaces.

Within the outdoor plaza, new trees & study spaces will be established, equipped with USB ports and Wi-Fi charging spots to enable students to study outside.

The project team also includes Price & Myers, Exterior Architecture (ExA), Ridge and Partners, Hoare Lee, CDM Associates, CBRE and PMP Consultants.

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The Construction of Hockley Mills - July 2021

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Hockley Mills has long been a vital part of Birmingham's history and, in time, it is going to be a hive of activity once more.

The major BtR (build to rent) development will deliver 395 new rented homes on Pitsford Street, alongside 28,000 sq ft of flexible commercial usages & a new entrance to Jewellery Quarter train station.

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IMAGE: Google Maps/ 33 Pitsford Street, Jewellery Quarter
 
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Construction images: Stephen Giles.

HOCKLEY MILLS QUICK OVERVIEW:

Hockley Mills is a £105M BtR mixed-use redevelopment featuring eight new buildings.

Situated next to Jewellery Quarter Train station, 395 rented properties will be delivered within one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments & duplexes; landscaped courtyard spaces & 28,000K of flexible commercial space for leisure, offices and retail usages, will also be formed.

With the site also seeing a new entrance to Jewellery Quarter station, ample cycle storage spaces will be incorporated alongside a covered car park area for 116 vehicles.

The site was recently acquired by Legal & General, on behalf of its BTR Access Development Partnership - a joint venture between Legal & General Capital and PGGM.

With Glancy Nicholls the architects behind the major scheme, Sir Robert McAlpine (SRM) - contractor - now acts as developer, with completion estimated for Q4 2023.

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Landmark Digbeth regeneration scheme approved

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The landmark Upper Trinity Street regeneration scheme in Digbeth, which would see buildings of up to 32 storeys, has now been unanimously backed by the City Council this morning (July 22nd, 2021).

For all the information & renderings for UTS, just follow the post.

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Cole Waterhouse (*Trinity (CW) Ltd*) are now free to create a unique new cultural, commercial and residential neighbourhood - reinforcing Digbeth's sense of community by providing 24/7 facilities to allow creatives, businesses and leisure activities to thrive.

The five-phase redevelopment, designed by Corstorphine + Wright, will see the delivery of nine new buildings of up to 32 storeys, creating hundreds of new jobs.

The ambitious development ultimately responds to the city council's ambitious vision to achieve a 24/7 Digbeth, as set out through the Curzon HS2 Masterplan & emerging draft Digbeth Masterplan. 

943 NEW HOMES & 65K OF MIXED-USE CREATIVE, RETAIL, LEISURE & WORKSPACES.

Ranging from 2 to 32 storeys, 943 new 1-3 bed apartments & duplexes (private/ BtR/ 13 live/work) will be created alongside 65,000 sq ft of mixed-use creative, retail, leisure and workspace, as well as a potential standalone 133-bed hotel.

With roof gardens provided, a series of additional spaces including artwork, private yards and public parks will also be created, including Pump House Park; named after the former Victorian Pump House. The 18th century locally listed building here will be kept, refurbished, and celebrated as a focal point within the new park; and used for community use.

The fifth phase could potentially also see a new eight-storey hotel. Currently listed as 'flexible', the hotel is dependent on demand. If realised, however, it will occupy a key location overlooking the site’s new Skypark on Duddleston Viaduct.

Upper Trinity Street could be fully operational by 2029/2030.

SO, PHASE 1

Phase 1 will now see the delivery of 376 new homes & 41,159 sq ft of commercial space, creating one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments & duplexes, across three interlinked buildings of 15-16 storeys (A, B & C), all connected via a podium.

Car parking for 66 will be based here.

PHASES 2-5:

PHASE 2: Blocks E, F & G (5-10 storeys)
PHASE 3: Block H (32 storeys)
PHASE 4: Block J (19 storeys) 
PHASE 5: (flexible) Hotel (8 storeys)


CONDITIONS AGREED WITH APPROVAL

a) £1.28 million highway improvements to upgrade Upper Trinity Street with new street furniture, lay-bys, two pedestrian crossings and the planting and retention of trees.

b) £3.48 million public realm improvements & the delivery of Pump House Park, Pump House Passage and Adderley Yard.

c) Securing Pat Benson Community Sport Foundation as a tenant within the ground floor at Unit 1 Block A (or another tenant), at 75% rent discount.

d) Securing Museum of Youth Culture and Birmingham Music Archive as a tenant within the ground floor at Unit 1 Block E (or another tenant), at 50% rent discount.

PROJECT TEAM:

DEVELOPER: Cole Waterhouse
ARCHITECTS: Corstorphine + Wright/ Exterior Architecture Landscape
PROJECT MANAGER/ QUANTITY SURVEYOR: Henry Riley LLP
PLANNING CONSULTANT: Barton Willmore
STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: Renaissance Associates
MECHANICAL & ELECTRICAL (M&E): Novo Integration
TRANSPORT: Mode Transport Planning
FUNDING PARTNERS: TBC
CONTRACTOR: TBC
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12-storey Southside block set for approval

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The proposed redevelopment of a rundown site in the vibrant Southside district to enable the creation of a new 12-storey apartment building looks set to be green lit.

Prosperity Developments are behind the plans at 16 Kent Street.

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With Southside positively booming, a new 12-storey apartment block on Kent Street looks set to finally be given the nod.

Prosperity Developments is seeking the green light from Birmingham City Council to develop 16 Kent Street, currently the site of a 3-storey office block with lower ground floor bar and nightclub.

The car-free development will deliver 116 apartments & two ground-floor commercial units – likely to be drinking establishments – over 9-12 storeys, in a mixture of 52, one-bedroom, and 64 two-beds (2-4 person accommodation).

11 affordable units will be allocated for affordable low-cost housing.

Designed to sit at the back of the pavement and wrap around the street corner with new prominent entrances and a well-arranged ground floor, the development is expected to appeal to those working within the immediate area.

With 116 cycle spaces provided at ground level, some units will profit from Juliet balconies on the upper floors, with a 341sqm landscaped courtyard also provided for residents’ at first floor level.

NOISE

Although policy strongly dictates that residential would support the growth of Southside – and the developments next door currently under construction and proposed, strengthen that claim – the emergence of new homes within the area – predominately adjacent to entertainment venues – has proven to be quite a thorny issue, with noise concerns duly raised.

The site in question is located directly opposite the Nightingale nightclub.

After much work behind the scenes, mitigation agreements are in place between all parties, which has seen the building meticulously designed with input from a team of specialists.

To further abate concerns, prior to occupation, the building will also require a commissioning test to ensure the mitigation works achieve the desired noise mitigation.

Plans go to Planning Committee on Thursday, July 22nd, at 11 am.

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New 130-apartment scheme for 260 Bradford Street

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Birmingham-based property developer, Hanehouse Developments, has unveiled plans to redevelop a vehicle repair building with a major mixed use scheme, with street-facing commercial units and a pedestrianised public realm.

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The site will be comprehensively redeveloped to create three distinctive new blocks - sensitive to the historic fabric of Digbeth - containing 130 new homes, in sizes ranging from six storeys to Green Street & eight storeys to Bradford Street. 
 
Providing 45 one, 78 two & 7 three-bedroom apartments, in a mixture of 1-4-person accommodation, 260 Bradford Street will also feature two ground floor commercial units (2,236 sq ft) on Bradford Street, along with services and amenities for residents.
 

Developed in consultation with Birmingham City Council, the proposal includes the creation of a brand-new public realm that will eventually connect Lombard Street through to Green Street and onto Digbeth High Street via The Stone Yard development.

The landscaped public thoroughfare is part of the wider Rea Valley Urban Quarter SPD that was adopted back in October 2020 – further supporting Digbeth’s ongoing regeneration.

To Bradford Street, the building divides into three elements of 8 storeys. To Green Street, the small frontage is filled with a single 6-storey block, matching that of The Forge development adjacent; this building is independent with its own entrance and facilities.

The site is located close to a future tram stop, and with Birmingham City Council (BCC) bringing forward plans to make Bradford Street a cycle highway, zero car parking provision is provided; however, 130 cycles minimum will be allocated & accessed from the central corridor.

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INTRODUCING: OASIS, SOUTHSIDE

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Oasis, Southside is the latest ambitious development to be proposed for the area, with 456 new homes set to revitalise a rundown site.

The plans lie within Chinatown and Theatreland – one of the city’s most vibrant and diverse cultural scenes. For all the renders and more, follow the post below.

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Southside is starting to realise its vast potential. 

Several major proposals have hit the area in recent months, with rundown sites set to be sparked into life in the coming years with the delivery of high-quality buildings and much-needed new homes.

This latest proposal for the area, lying as it does within one of the city's most vivacious and diverse cultural scenes, is Oasis, a 2.5 brownfield acre site that will deliver a mixed use scheme containing 456 homes.

Spread over eight new buildings of 6-13 storeys, all builds will be set around a central courtyard space, with the site set to comprise 178 one-bed, 278 two-bed and 10 two-bed duplexes (2-4 persons).

With over 5500 sq ft of commercial space earmarked on Kent Street, Oasis will also feature a private 7000 sq ft rooftop terrace, a large resident lounge & gym, and ‘The Avenue’ - a new landscaped tree-lined boulevard linking Lower Essex Street and Gooch Street North.

'The Avenue' will ultimately offer better connectively across the area and, rather significantly, allows the southern part of the site to be brought forward for redevelopment.

Offering a strong street presence, materials and colour choices are sensitive to its context, as well as being robust and long-lasting. It will be constructed in medium red stock brick & reconstituted stone, with the design further complimented by an elegant ground floor arch across the site.

26 basement car parking spaces are to be provided, alongside 1:1 cycling provision.

Plans have been brought forward by Oasis Southside Ltd (Birmingham Property Group), in collaboration with The Gooch Estate.

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