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Plans submitted for new Build to Rent homes in Birmingham

The Broad Street development will see the regeneration of an underutilised site in a prime location in Birmingham, as proposals have been submitted for a city centre tower.

The scheme – designed by Corstorphine+Wright Architects – proposes a tall slender tower which will provide 440 Build to Rent homes, a 230-bedroom hotel and commercial spaces. The plans submitted to Birmingham City Council propose a 35-storey tower – located in Broad Street, Birmingham. 

“We’re delighted to be unveiling these plans after fantastic collaboration, yet again, 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 city centre.

“The scheme illustrates the exceptional spaces ethos that Taylor Grange are delivering in the city to live, work and play.

Samuel Ginda, Director, 2020 Living

The area has become a well-known neighbourhood – it’s the entertainment and nightlife quarter, and it’s close to Birmingham Library, the Convention Centre and Birmingham’s Canals. The development will also be amenity rich, with outdoor spaces and a focus on health and wellbeing.

“The Square has been a really exciting project to work on given our clients brief, with a huge focus to provide an unrivalled amount of shared facilities which would support residents to achieve high levels of physical and mental wellbeing, with exercise, work and social spaces supported by a large courtyard with multi activity sports pitch and running track.

“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.”

Tony Mead, Corstorphine+Wright Architects

The site is also located within a large number of amenities, including The Mailbox, an upmarket office and shopping development which has restaurants, a cinema, and retail shops. It’s also close to Brindley Place – a mixed canal development which has bars and restaurants, and The Barclaycard Arena – and entertainment venue which holds events and concerts. 

“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 aiding in the Birmingham and West Midlands housing needs.”

Samuel Ginda, Director 2020 Living

2020 Living are the applicants behind the proposals in Broad Street which were worked on by Taylor Grange Developments – who are also working on five Build to Rent schemes across Birmingham – which totals over £500m in development value. Broad Street took Taylor Grange Developments two working weeks to exchange contracts, completing four weeks later.

“In order to meet our housing demand by 2031 and protect our precious greenbelt, we need to not only build homes on a brownfield-first policy, but also look to build upwards – not outwards – in town and city centres.

“These plans for Broad Street encapsulate that approach, and I am pleased to see developers rising to the challenge and keeping confidence in the West Midlands market despite the difficult economic times brought on by the coronavirus crisis.”

Andy Street, Mayor of West Midlands

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