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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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19 Feb 2024 - Stephen Giles
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NBHD Heights - February Site Update

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Five Ways Health Centre has now been demolished in anticipation of a new 14 storey residential development: NBHD Heights.

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Neighbourhood Heights (NBHD) will become a brand new premium residential development at the forefront of the Ladywood regeneration zone.

Designed with two distinct stacked blocks, NBHD will rise to 14 storeys at the corner of Morville Street and will comprise 81 one- and two-bedroom apartments, offering a high-quality living environment for young professionals, families, and first-time buyers.

Mixing comfort, connectivity, and stylish interior design, residents will benefit from a communal lounge, workspaces, private ground floor gardens, and a dedicated residents' app to create clubs and forums, promote local businesses, manage tenancies, and more.

The crowning feature will be the rooftop amenity garden, which will offer spaces to grow food, exercise, socialise, and take in the ever-changing views.

The Health Centre has been demolished by Bluecon Group. An overview of the rest of the project team consists of Morville Street Developments Ltd, Glancy Nicholls Architects, PJ Planning, Quantem, SBK, Compass EG, ETME Group, and Alliance Investments.

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

NBHD Heights, CGIs from Glancy Nicholls, Alliance Investments, and Regal PG.

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15 Feb 2024 - Stephen Giles
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The Bath House - February 2024 Update

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The Bath House, on the site of the former 1930s Kent Street Swimming Baths located between Kent Street and Bromsgrove Street, is well on its way to completion.

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The site is now home to four new PRS (private rental sector) blocks, with the tallest building topping out at 19 storeys, offering commanding views across the city.

In total, 406 studios, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments and duplexes make up the accommodation mix here, richly complemented by a whole host of amenities.

With a concierge and co-working spaces available, at the heart of the site, however, will be a striking community hub and courtyard space for residents. This will deliver a vibrant and semi-enclosed space, perfect for socialising, exercising, and divulging in community events.



Bringing outward-facing vitality to the area will be up to half a dozen commercial units (1,326 sqm), bringing a range of businesses (occupiers tba).

The Bath House is a development from Edmond de Rothschild, Howells, Winvic, MPB Structures, MAC, Hunters, HEX Consulting, Layer Studio, Stofix, Caxton Facades, Turley, Cording Real Estate, et all.

Images from Stephen Giles; CGIs from Howells.

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15 Feb 2024 - Stephen Giles
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Former Digbeth motorcycle site to be redeveloped into 136 new homes.

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The former J&S Motorcycles site on Deritend High Street is to be transformed into a residential community containing 136 one-, two- & three-bed homes.

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The former J&S Motorcycles site is to be transformed into a residential community containing 136 market sale one-, two- & three-bedroom apartments.

Sat within the Digbeth Deritend and Bordesley conservation area, Gemini Property seeks to redevelop 131 High Street (external link) with the introduction of a new seven storey brick build.



The site will introduce 58 one, 74 two & 4 three-bedroom homes – 10% affordable at discounts – whilst the ground floor will see 5,200K SF of internal amenity space, which will include a gymnasium, lounge(s), and informal meeting areas and workspaces.

With 160 cycles, there will also be 9,200K SF of external spaces including courtyards, select balconies, and private rear gardens for ground-floor apartments.

The council will meet to discuss the scheme on February 22.

131 High Street, a development from Gemini Property, with designs from Leonard Design.

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13 Feb 2024 - Stephen Giles
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Affinity Living Lancaster Wharf: February 2024 Update

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The structural frame at Affinity Living Lancaster Wharf is now starting its upward ascent.

With works to the foundations, piling and basement now complete, attention switches to the frame, which will rise up to 23 storeys.

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Affinity Living, Select Property's brand and its first in Birmingham, will accommodate 266 one- and two-bed homes in a series of linked buildings of six to 23 storeys, one that also reactivates the canalside to cater to the demands of the Birmingham rental market.

The site will offer large living spaces with new hybrid ways of living and working for young professionals, complete with floor-to-ceiling glazing and fully integrated high-spec kitchens, in addition to a multitude of amenities.

The main amenity space will feature a selection of lounges and workspaces with floor-to-ceiling glazing looking out onto the site's new waterfront garden courtyard.

Wrapping around the site frontage, now taking shape in the images, will be a gymnasium, complemented by a sixth-floor roof terrace.

The scheme has been designed by Corstorphine + Wright and is being constructed by Torsion Construction alongside David Ashley Construction, and a whole host of subcontractors.

Drone photography from Stephen Giles; CGIs from Select Property Group.

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05 Feb 2024 - Stephen Giles
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Approval Given at Former Queen's Hospital, Bath Row

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The former Queen’s Hospital on Bath Row is to be reimagined with a 31-storey student tower, two residential blocks, and the conversion of two heritage assets.

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Plans were approved late last week for the transformation of the former Queens Hospital on Bath Row.

The McLaren Property and Aventicum partnership will demolish the outdated 1990s canal-side site and replace it with contemporary new builds, creating 728 student beds & 189 Build to Rent apartments.

The tallest building on site will rise to 31 storeys and will accommodate 707 student beds – 477 clusters & 230 studios – and a private courtyard.

To the rear will be two 10-storey residential builds, introducing 189 new rental homes – 87 one, 95 two & 7 three beds; 7.8% affordable – along with a terraced woodland garden.

With an emphasis on well-being and movement, each build will be set around the site’s two soon-to-be refurbished Grade II listed properties: East and West block – as seen below.

The 1840s-built East block (first & second below) will be converted into 52 larger post-grad student studios; while the 1873-built West block (third below) will offer amenities for both the BTR and PBSA, along with a café and a commercial unit.

With spill-out space envisaged around these two assets, an enhanced public realm will be made to Bath Row, providing fluidity in and out of this vibrant central setting, further boosted by a woodland community garden and social space.

Images from Chapman Taylor, and Churchman Thornhill Finch.

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01 Feb 2024 - Stephen Giles
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Birmingham councillors stick by decision to demolish brutalist ‘landmark’ and replace with resi towers

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The future of The Ringway Centre has today been resolved after a legal bid from campaign groups threatened to curtail plans.

The scheme has today been formally approved, paving the way for its redevelopment.

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Back in September 2023, CEG on behalf of Dooba Investments II Ltd, was granted consent for the demolition of the 1960s ‘brutalist landmark’, with plans to inject new life into the rundown site with up to 1,750 new homes in three buildings of up to 56 storeys.

However, the Save Smallbrook campaign group – Twentieth Century Society, Brutiful Birmingham and Birmingham Modernist Society – appointed a barrister citing ‘errors’ that gave rise to two grounds of legal challenge from its approval.

These issues related to a "mistake" by a Councillor during the meeting who said that the government advisor “Historic England have no objection” – they only expressed concerns, with that error not having been corrected.

The campaign group also claimed: “Full consideration was [also] not given to the significance of the recent decision by the Secretary of State to refuse approval of the planning application for the M&S building in Oxford Street on similar grounds.

The Council expressed its opinion that these issues did not amount to a legal error in the decision made, stating:

It is the Officer’s view, supported by Counsel advice, that what the Councillor said was factually correct. Historic England have not objected. As members of the committee know, objection from a statutory consultee should always be clearly stated as an objection.

"As a matter of fact, Historic England did not lodge an objection to the proposal. Historic England raised concerns, which is quite common. But that falls a long way short of an actual objection.

Therefore, the Council do not share the view that an error has been made and are of the view the Committee were not misled.”


Concerning Gove’s M&S decision, a recent council report said that despite the communities secretary’s words, a “strong presumption” in favour of the repurposing and reuse of buildings had not been created.

They added that M&S was also challenging the secretary of state’s decision in the High Court and that Gove had overruled the advice of a planning inspector in reaching his conclusion.

It went on to say however that it would be “prudent” to ask the committee to consider the proposal based on the assumption the M&S decision is correct.

For that reason, members are being asked to consider that if there is a strong presumption in favour of re-purposing or reusing the existing buildings, should permission for this scheme still be granted?” it said.

It is important to say that in reaching that decision it is vital that members appreciate that it is the particular circumstances in each case that must be considered."

These include "the ability to better optimise the use of this highly sustainable site through the redevelopment, the ability to best address the council’s unmet housing need and the various identified difficulties in re-using the building".

The application for The Ringway Centre was approved and will now be subject to a S111 and/ or a S106 legal agreement to secure affordable housing, a noise mitigation agreement, and a minimum £6M for the new public realm.

Smallbrook Queensway, images from Corstorphine+Wright.

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01 Feb 2024 - Stephen Giles
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Garrison Circus plans, including a 37 storey tower, have been approved

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Ambitious plans for four new buildings ranging from five to 37 storeys at Garrison Circus, a new gateway for Digbeth, have been approved.

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The 3-acre site, largely derelict and in a poor state and exacerbated by vandalism in recent years, is free to be reanimated with a 'viable and effective new use'.

Ambitious developer SAMA Investments is behind plans to demolish the site, except for the Myona building frontage, before replacing them with four new builds comprising 546 homes (around 46 affordable) & 710 units of purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA).

The transformed city gateway will introduce two PBSA builds of 5-7 & 16 storeys to Watery Lane Middleway and Little Edward Street, providing one- and two-bed studios, 5-8-bed clusters, and a total of 415 sqm and 1,850 sqm of internal and external amenity space.

The residential aspect will introduce an 11 & a 37 storey to Great Barr Street, in a range of studios, one-, two- & three-bed homes, two outdoor roof terraces in each (total: 1,254sqm), a courtyard, workspaces, cinema room, shared lounges, and a gym (total: 2,412 sqm).

Each build at Garrison Circus will be set around a minimum £7.05M of new green infrastructure, featuring public squares, pocket parks, gardens and courtyards, with fees factored in to this.

Myona, which has historic links to Jacobs Biscuits, will introduce a new ground floor café, with upper-floor community space. It will be home to a new rear student build of 16 storeys.

These plans have been strongly informed by the City Council's aspirations for future development within the City Centre established through the draft 'Our Future City Framework 2040'.

Will SAMA have the desire to build out the site? Watch our socials for more.

Garrison Circus, images from tp Bennett.

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01 Feb 2024 - Stephen Giles
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Approval for 100 Broad Street: Second Time Lucky?

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100 Broad Street went to Birmingham Council's planning committee today where it was approved by 10-1.

The scheme comes from Ropemaker Properties Ltd c/o Urban Vision Real Estate, with designs coming from Howells.

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The modernist asymmetrical 33-storey tower (103m) will introduce 294 build-to-rent apartments and duplexes, with street-level commercial and an abundance of resident amenities.

134 one, 142 two & 18 three-bedroom apartments and duplexes (43-130 sqm; 1-6 persons) will be on offer, with 72% of homes being dual aspect, and nine 'affordable' homes.

The site famously already benefits from planning consent, with a 61-storey – which was quickly deemed unviable to build – approved back in 2019 under different ownership.

These credible plans, however, have been designed on the principles of viability, deliverability, and buildability, and will now become one of the city's most sustainable (EPC B, Wired Score “Platinum”, and HQM 4.5*).



Residents will benefit from 833 sqm of external spaces at levels 1, 19 & 25, with communal terraces, private terraces, and shared gardens for growing.

There will also be 777 sqm of internal facilities such as workspaces, a gym and yoga studio, meeting rooms, reservable dining areas, a cinema and gaming room, and a 338-space cycle hub.

Bringing added vitality will be opportunities for shops, cafes, and restaurants at street level, plus a new c.£300K public realm with nineteen new trees (49 in total throughout the scheme) and outdoor seating.

100 Broad Street is expected to be constructed in pre-cast concrete with a series of staggered window openings, dressed in bronze-coloured metal and fittings, with chevron textured patterning.

You can follow this development here with us. For every other project, there's our Development Map. You can also follow us on our socials: Twitter & Instagram.

100 Broad Street, images from Urban Vision RE, and Howells.

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31 Jan 2024 - Stephen Giles
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Revised plans lodged for £1.9bn Smithfield development

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Amended plans for Birmingham’s new £1.9bn Smithfield quarter have been submitted.

The site will be crafted into a sustainable and buzzing new residential, leisure and entertainment district.

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These amended plans from Lendlease have been lodged to combat objections Historic England raised last year but also conform to pending changes to fire safety legislation.

Phase I will introduce new builds and tie Southside, Digbeth, and the city core at the earliest opportunity with a coherent new public realm.

This will see the formulation of Market Square, the entrance from the city core, a pedestrianised Upper Smithfield Walk retail street, and Manor Square.



The proposed new market building, previously located above the buried historic Moat and Manor House of the de Birmingham family, has been shifted slightly north of the site to “avoid disturbance of buried archaeology”.

It will be split into two buildings: The Indoor Market consisting of Fish and Meat; the Dining Hall; restaurant and event spaces and the Open and Rag Market.



Manor Square will now sit above the buried remains of the de Birmingham family manor house and moat & will be celebrated as the 'Birthplace of the City' with a landscaped space for live performances, arts and culture, festivals, pop-ups & night time excitement.



Other new builds coming to Phase I include a new commercial office building adjacent to Manor Square.

The building has been bumped up in height (G+11 storeys) and now sports a Square-facing terrace with street-level frontages to Manor Square and Central Boulevard (more on that below).

429 one, two & three-bedroom family housing, a gym, and flexible retail, will also be introduced (198 one, 219 two, 12 three beds).

The homes, which conform to the latest fire regulations, will be within the new Smithfield Gardens neighbourhood fronting onto Central Boulevard, a major transit and public transport spine that will open up the entire site - from Meriden Street to Sherlock Street - and connect surrounding neighbourhoods.





On Dean Street, adjacent to the existing Travelodge hotel, an Energy Centre will be erected to allow for easy connection to the Birmingham District Energy Circuit (BDEC); a city-wide district heating strategy.

Culture and music facilities WILL be located within one building at the corner of Manor Square, with leisure facilities set to be split into two new builds to the adjacent corner (more on that soon - as well as concrete plans for future phases).

These new plans are expected to be heard by Birmingham Council’s planning committee within the next few months.

Birmingham Smithfield, images from Lendlease.

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25 Jan 2024 - Stephen Giles
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Approval Recommended at 100 Broad Street

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100 Broad Street goes to planning committee next week (1 February) – and it is recommended for approval.

100 Broad Street is a credible new development from Ropemaker Properties Ltd c/o Urban Vision Real Estate.

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The modernist asymmetrical 33-storey tower (103m), designed by Howells, will introduce 294 build-to-rent apartments and duplexes to the site, with street-level commercial and an abundance of resident amenities.

134 one, 142 two & 18 three-bedroom apartments and duplexes (43-130 sqm; 1-6 persons) will be on offer, with 72% of homes being dual aspect, and nine 'affordable' homes.

The site famously already benefits from planning consent, with a 61-storey – which was quickly deemed unviable to build – approved back in 2019 under different ownership.

These credible plans, however, have been designed on the principles of viability, deliverability, and buildability, and will become one of the city's most sustainable (EPC B, Wired Score “Platinum”, and HQM 4.5*).



Residents will benefit from 833 sqm of external spaces at levels 1, 19 & 25, with communal terraces, private terraces, and shared gardens for growing.

There will also be 777 sqm of internal facilities such as workspaces, a gym and yoga studio, meeting rooms, reservable dining areas, a cinema and gaming room, and a 338-space cycle hub.

Bringing added vitality will be opportunities for shops, cafes, and restaurants at street level, plus a new c.£300K public realm with nineteen new trees (49 in total throughout the scheme) and outdoor seating.

100 Broad Street is expected to be constructed in pre-cast concrete with a series of staggered window openings, dressed in bronze-coloured metal and fittings, with chevron textured patterning.

You can follow this development here with us. For every other project, there's our Development Map. You can also follow us on our socials: Twitter & Instagram.

100 Broad Street, images from Urban Vision RE, and Howells.

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11 Jan 2024 - Stephen Giles
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No.240 Holliday Street To Become a 106-home Neighbourhood

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The first major planning application of the year to be approved by BCC's Planning Committee is 'No.240 Holliday Street', a neighbourhood of over 100 homes.

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The existing 79-space surface-level car park will now make way for a new seven storey, enriching the site with a community-focused development.

The site will introduce 106 one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments, available in a viable mix containing 65 one-, 34 two-, and 7 three-bedroom family homes.

1,139 sqm of internal and external amenities will boost the development, offering a green health and wellbeing focus throughout, and will be ezclusively available for residents.

Facilities include a 24-hour concierge, a post room, front and rear communal spaces, balconies, and a spacious roof garden with seating, gym space, and a running track.

While minimal car parking is provided, around 128 secure cycle storage spaces and EV charging bays will be allocated.

These plans are now subject to a Section 106 legal agreement to secure 7% affordable (two/three bed) market units at a discounted market value of 30%, the most the scheme can sustain without rendering it unviable, according to Knight Frank.

No.240 Holliday Street, images from Gensler.

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21 Dec 2023 - Stephen Giles
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Approval for Kent Street Residences

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Southside Residences, a 146-home development spread across 12 storeys at 16 Kent Street, has today been approved before Christmas.

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Prosperity Developments sought the go-ahead for the redevelopment of the site at 16 Kent Street, Southside.

The project involves the construction of a part 9, part 12 storey new build, providing 111 one & 35 two-bedroom apartments (39-77 sqm NDSS).

Designed in a unified grid with deep reveals and textured red brick on its lower floors, with a smoother red brick with detailing on its upper floors, 16 Kent Street has been designed by Glancy Nicholls.

On-site amenity provisions totalling 655 sqm will be provided, including a rear courtyard, a foyer, a shared lounge, and two roof terraces at Level 9.

The development will have two stair cores and three lifts providing access to the upper floors, with the roof level boasting a habitat roof, air source heat pumps, and PV panels.

A car-free development, 148 cycles will be available for residents living here, to be accessed via Lower Essex Street.

Approval draws a line at the site, which has had its fair share of noise-related issues - all widely publicised.

With The Nightingale removing its objection, Prosperity will now pay monies into an escrow account held by the city, for the Club to draw down on to put towards noise mitigation measures at the club.

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18 Dec 2023 - Stephen Giles
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Glasswater Locks, December 2023 Update

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A third core is starting to move out of the ground at Glasswater Locks, a phased canalside destination in the ever-evolving Eastside district.

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Glasswater Locks, Birmingham’s latest canalside destination, will transform a site full of industrial heritage with a thriving new mixed-use development.

Injecting new 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).

Complementing the built environment will be a new market square and 155m of elevated shared podiums containing vibrant alfresco restaurants, bars, and cafes.

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

There will also be opportunities later down the line for interactive and public art installations.

From the below image, Ashted Wharf and Belmont Wharf have risen out of the ground, with the core at Cardigan Wharf now starting to rise.

Early preparatory works have also started on both the Curzon Wharf (9-storey) and Glasswater Tower (38-storey) plots.



Other buildings at Glasswater Locks include the 20-storey Cameo Works next to Belmont Row Works.

Once complete, the site will provide up to 754 homes, accommodating 341 one, 383 two & 30 three-bed apartments and duplexes (37 shared ownership), catering to every lifestyle.

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

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12 Dec 2023 - Stephen Giles
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New Plans for Selly Oak's 'Triangle' Site

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The former Sainsbury’s site is to be regenerated with circa 836 purpose-built student accommodation across two blocks of five and six storeys.

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The community-led regeneration, BREEAM Excellent, will positively reactivate Bristol Road with circa 27K SF (GIA) of vibrant, ground-floor commercial and retail uses, including a new medical facility for the Selly Oak community.

This will be further boosted by a high-quality new public realm, offering improved connectivity through the site, including a new link street (pictured below).



With 836 student bed spaces available in a mixture of 56% studios and 44% clusters, students will also benefit from associated amenities and small, private courtyards.

The Triangle site was acquired by The Galliard Apsley Partnership (*GHL (Selly Oak) Ltd*) in March 2023, with Corstorphine & Wright behind the designs.

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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24 Oct 2023 - Stephen Giles
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BREAKING: Significant design changes to the £1.9bn Birmingham Smithfield development

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Developer Lendlease and its team of designers have made ‘key design changes’ to the huge £1.9bn Smithfield development after concerns.

 

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The site, home of our historic markets and the ‘most important city-centre regeneration project in the country' saw Historic England raise objections earlier in the year over worries that the plans would ‘disturb significant medieval remains’ and harm ‘the historic cityscape’.

They recommended significant but ‘achievable revisions’, one that helps deliver a scheme that recognises the ‘power of heritage in successful place-making".

Changes have been forthcoming.

The Bullring Markets, designed by David Kohn Architects alongside Eastside Projects, were due to sit above the buried remains of the historic moat and manor house of the de Birmingham family.

They have now been re-designed to be located further north over two plots of land, avoiding the need for disturbing the site.

Instead, it will become a new ‘Manor Square’ that will celebrate the ‘importance of the site as the Birthplace of the City’. It will host events and festivals, accommodating up to 7,000 people.

Elsewhere, we've seen revisions to the proposed workplace building from Minesh Patel Architects & Haworth Tompkins, which now features one extra storey, active frontages, and a new Manor Square-facing terrace.



Following the introduction of new pending fire safety legislation, all residential buildings have been rejigged to include a second staircase.



The site’s culture and music facilities will be located within one building at the corner of Manor Square, anchoring Bromsgrove Street, with leisure facilities set to be split into two new builds to the adjacent corner, providing vibrant connections between Southside and Digbeth.



All this and more will be submitted to the existing application in November 2023, complete with new CGIs. A Reserved Matters application will then be submitted sometime in 2024 once approval has been granted.

Birmingham Smithfield, images from Lendlease.

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12 Oct 2023 - Stephen Giles
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55 Holloway Head: Construction Imminent!

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The wait is almost over. 

Beyond Property Group is to transform 55 Holloway Head into a thriving new place to live and work.

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Beyond Property Group acquired the site (see here) in late 2021 on a long lease, months after the site was approved for new homes.

Throughout 2023 they have been working through the planning red tape (pre-commencement planning conditions) with a Q4 2023 start date now firmly pencilled in.

A three-phase affair, phase one will start with demolition works within the existing car park courtyard, followed by below-ground drainage works.

Phase two in 2024 will see the 1958-built Lee Bank Business Centre converted and enhanced with 122 'loft style' one-, two- & three-bed homes, along with new three-storey extensions to Blucher Street and Holloway Head.

Facilities will include a concierge, a selection of lounges, workspaces, a gymnasium, event rooms, and, reanimating Holloway Head, two public commercial units.

Completing the scheme will be 9 individual three-bedroom townhouses to Chapmans Passage, each equipped with private terraces.

55 Holloway Head, images from Beyond Property Group.

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Approval given to Smithfield Lofts

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Smithfield Lofts is to reinvigorate a rundown site with a dynamic 687-home neighbourhood, with plans approved yesterday (September 28).

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Smithfield Lofts is to reinvigorate a rundown site with a dynamic new 687-home neighbourhood, along with vital green infrastructure.

Spread across two plots, a vibrant urban community will be woven into the city’s prospering cultural quarter, containing 274 one, 405 two & 8 three-bedroom curated apartments, including 103 affordable units (First Homes & affordable rent).



Designed to pay homage to its historic context with red brick and terracotta, with a fusion of modern-day decorative panels, buildings will range from seven to 11 storeys on Cheapside and Bradford Street, before rising up to 23 storeys on Moseley Street.

Smithfield Lofts will also incorporate street-level frontages including colourful new spaces for commercial independents, dining, and Digbeth’s creative industries.

Great emphasis will be placed on amenities, as well as green infrastructure, with new public realm corridors, gardens, a 24-hour concierge, community rooftops, balconies, cinema & TV lounge areas, workspaces, fitness studio & spaces for 638 bicycles.

Four non-designated heritage assets will make way for the scheme, with other less-attractive buildings and several hard-surfaced car parking areas also making way.

Smithfield Lofts, images from Prosperity & GNA. Existing: Google Maps

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Queensgate Square Phase II has been approved

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Plans for phase two of the £52m Queensgate Square development have today been rubberstamped (28 September).

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Viable and deliverable, two midrises of seven and 15 storeys will transform a derelict car park on Suffolk Street Queensway, bringing 125 new homes to the plot.

The buildings will be positioned beside and to the rear of the existing 1950s Queensgate House, which itself is being converted into 67 homes and represents phase one of Queensgate Square.

Set around a communal garden and square, 56 one, 56 two, and 13 three-bed apartments – 5.6% affordability at 30% discounts – complete with high-spec kitchens and bathrooms, will be created.



At ground level on the tall building a hotel-style covered foyer, lobby and post room will be on offer, along with 76 cycles, a first-floor communal room, an office, and a small private terrace.

Access will also be available into the garden (with 16 short-stay cycles) and the entrance of the building to the rear, which will also have its own post room and an 88-space cycle store.

Queensgate Square phase one and two comes from the London-based developer The Riverlow Group, their first Midlands site. Both schemes have been designed by D5 Architects.

Subject to conditions arising from its approval, work is expected to commence in 2024. 

Queensgate Square, images from The Riverlow Group.

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Glasswater Locks, September 2023 Update

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Building work is starting to move out of the ground at Glasswater Locks, a phased canalside destination in the ever-evolving Eastside district.

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Glasswater Locks, Birmingham’s latest canalside destination, will transform a site full of industrial heritage with a thriving new mixed-use development.

Injecting new 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).

Complementing the built environment will be a new market square and 155m of elevated shared podiums containing vibrant alfresco restaurants, bars, and cafes.

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

There will also be opportunities later down the line for interactive and public art installations.

Phase one is now beginning to rise and will see two nine-storey new builds containing up to 120 homes: Ashted Wharf and Belmont Wharf – set to complete in 2025.



Subsequent phases of Glasswater Locks include two more nine-storeys: Curzon Wharf and Cardigan Wharf; the 20-storey Cameo Works; and a signature 38-storey Glasswater Tower.

Once complete, the site will provide up to 754 homes, in a mix of 341 one, 383 two & 30 three-bedroom apartments and duplexes (37 shared ownership), catering to every lifestyle.

Words & drone photography from Stephen Giles (X).

Glasswater Locks, CGIs from Berkeley Group.

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Work starts on UK’s largest modular BTR scheme

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Goodstone Living and contractor Elements Europe have officially broken ground on Smith’s Garden in Digbeth – the UK’s largest modular build-to-rent neighbourhood.

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Ground has officially been broken on a new build-to-rent neighbourhood at 193 Camp Hill, signalling another construction start in the city.

550 new homes will be created on the former Sulzer industrial site, with six new modular buildings set to go up ranging from three to 26 storeys over several phases.

Incorporating well-being, innovation, and sustainability, the project will nurture Digbeth’s live-work-play ethos to deliver a vibrant new community containing one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments and four-bedroom townhouses, all centred around 1 acre of private green garden space.

Residential amenities (21K SF+) will include a gymnasium, creche, workspaces, and rooftop terraces affording unique views over the city.

There will also be affordable units and dedicated commercial space (15K SF) for restaurants, cafes, boutiques, community start-ups, and independent retail (including rental discounts)..

The development comes from Goodstone Living, the UK BTR arm of Macquarie Asset Management, Darling Associates architects, and contractor Elements Europe.

The first building at Smith’s Garden is expected to be completed in January 2025, with the entire scheme completing in 2026.

THE SITE BACK IN APRIL 2022:

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

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The Construction of Holloway Head - September 2023

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Holloway Head is being re-energised with the creation of a new residential community, bringing 485 new homes to the area over the next few years.

Spread over four new builds, the site is shaping up nicely!

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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, Holloway Head will ultimately deliver 132 one, 345 two & 8 three-bedroom apartments to cater to every lifestyle.

Complementing these homes will be a multitude of amenities including shared meeting and workspaces, dining areas, a residents’ media lounge, a street-facing gymnasium, courtyards, roof terraces, and spaces for 56 cars & 112 bicycles.

Phase I is well advanced and features two new buildings of up to 14 storeys fronting Holloway Head. Along with the homes it is also here where the Girl Guides will call their new HQ.

They will move from their old Trefoil House – now demolished on phase II land to the north of the site – with facilities including activity rooms, common room, a main hall, and a shop.

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Trefoil House is no more. It has been demolished. Work is now underway on the final two buildings.

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

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Plans in for 26-storey Colmore Gate Reinvention

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Colmore Gate is to be partially demolished, refurbished, and extended to create a 26-storey office tower and a 10-storey shoulder building on Colmore Row and Bull Street.
 

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Israel-based Ashtrom Properties acquired the building from Aviva Investors UK, for a reported £39.5M, in September 2021 – and they will now bring the site forward for a sustainable reinvention.

At the time the building was 60% unoccupied with rents averaging at £24 per square foot with a capital value of just over £200 per square foot.

Ashtrom plans to create a world-leading employment hub that meets and exceeds the needs of modern employers, creating up to 3,600 jobs and generating £200M in economic output.

Its design will be refreshed, recycled, and extended, rather than developed, helping to lower embodied carbon emissions and enable the construction of a low/zero carbon structure.

The existing building will be extended to create a 26-storey office tower (99.3m) with a 10-storey shoulder building with its own biodiverse rooftop terrace with private balconies on floors 1, 7, 8 & 9.



Incorporating green technologies and optimised energy strategies, Colmore Gate will accommodate 198,851K SF of additional floorspace, providing 510,619K SF of flexible floorspace for small SMEs to blue chip companies.

This will be boosted by best-in-class amenities with a clear health and wellbeing focus.

With two commercial units at street level, tenant facilities will include meeting rooms, co-working spaces, booths, a lounge, and an auditorium. There will also be the ‘Colmore Gate Club’, which will provide a mix of uses that ultimately support young businesses in the city.

Other interventions will see an enhanced public realm, improved pedestrian circulation, and provision for 299 cycles within two-tiered cycle racks.

The plans are now live and can be viewed and commented on (until November) here.

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Colmore Gate, images from Buckley Gray Yeoman.

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