Plans for a new residential and hotel complex reaching 35 storeys have been unveiled on a Birmingham road targeted for high-rise projects in recent years.
Developers are eyeing a plot in Broad Street to build 440 apartments for rent and a 230-bedroom hotel, adding to an area already bustling with construction work and the Midlands Metro extension.
The application site, which is bounded by Ryland Street and Grosvenor Street West, currently houses a car park and business centre which is only partially occupied.
If given the green light, these would be demolished and replaced with a 35-storey tower and a second ‘shoulder’ building of six storeys containing 204 one-bedroom and 236 two-bedroom apartments.
There would also be a cycle workshop and parking for 168 bikes, communal amenities including a gym, cinema and lounge area and the tall building will have a ‘crown’ containing a 360-degree roof terrace.
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A landscaped courtyard will be developed with a 200m running track alongside exercise stations and ‘zones’ for different activities.
There would also be an eight-storey block fronting onto Grosvenor Street West for the three-star hotel, with flexible ground-floor space including a bar and dining area.
Discussions are currently ongoing with “several potential occupiers”, according to documents supporting the newly lodged planning application.
There will be no parking but developers are planning to provide four pool cars for residents to use.
Birmingham-based Taylor Grange Developments is leading the project, to be called ‘The Square’, through its 2020 Living brand while architecture practice Corstorphine & Wright has designed the scheme.
Taylor Grange is currently working on five build-to-rent projects in Birmingham worth a total of £500 million, including plans unveiled last year for a 36-storey block of 264 serviced apartments at 211 Broad Street.
At just 31 feet wide and a first for Birmingham, the tower would be a so-called ‘super slender’ building due to the compact nature of the application site and its proximity to other existing and planned buildings.
Euro Property Investments won consent in January for 503 apartments across 61 storeys at 100 Broad Street, which is directly opposite Taylor Grange’s latest application site.
Moda Living is also currently on site at 212-223 Broad Street where it is building The Mercian, a 42-storey tower containing 481 apartments and a 200-metre running track on a podium.
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2020 Living’s director Samuel Ginda said: “We’re delighted to be unveiling these plans after fantastic collaboration with Birmingham City Council and working very successfully with our team to develop our vision for this well-positioned brownfield site in the heart of the city centre.
“The Square redevelopment will be a vibrant highly managed, amenity-rich build-to-rent product with a big focus on inclusive communities, health and wellbeing.
“We’re really looking forward to delivering this exciting new project alongside all of our other schemes in the city as this not only provides jobs to the region but our commitment to the regeneration of brownfield sites aides in Birmingham’s and the West Midlands’ housing needs.”
Tony Mead, a director with Corstorphine & Wright, added: “The Square has been a really exciting project to work on given our client’s brief, with a huge focus to provide a unrivalled amount of shared facilities which would support residents to achieve high levels of physical and mental wellbeing.
“We wanted The Square to provide a new level of sustainable city centre dwelling, together with forming a new landmark building that contributes to the emerging and developing Birmingham skyline.”
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