£360m Curzon Wharf net zero scheme gets green light

Woodbourne Group’s Curzon Wharf, a net zero carbon ready development receives planning permission from Birmingham City Council.

Woodbourne Group's Curzon Wharf mixed-use development which includes Build to Rent | BTR News
Woodbourne Group's Curzon Wharf mixed-use development, which includes Build to Rent.

Woodbourne Group’s Curzon Wharf vision gets the go ahead from city planners after six years in the making. Following the scheme going to planners earlier this year, the Woodbourne Group celebrates the decision from Birmingham City Council’s planning committee, to will deliver the world’s first mixed-use net zero carbon ready development.

“We’ve worked hard to reach this point and it is incredibly satisfying to stand on the brink of delivering such a world class development for a city I’m proud to call home. I would like to thank the planning committee, our team and everyone else that has supported this scheme.

“We need to help power the economic recovery by facilitating investment, creating jobs and acting as a catalyst to further success.” 

Tani Dulay, Chief Executive, Woodbourne Group

Curzon Wharf will transform a key gateway to Birmingham. The 1m sq ft site is currently occupied by industrial units constructed in the 1960s. Since the scheme was first announced in 2021, the £360m waterfront ecosystem has become one of the most talked about developments.

“Curzon Wharf is an exciting project for Birmingham and builds upon our ambition to be a greener and more sustainable city. Being home to the world’s first mixed-use net zero carbon ready development is something we’re immensely proud of and after six years in planning, we’re delighted that the £360m development has been given the green light to rejuvenate a key gateway into the city, as well as becoming another key piece of the Birmingham skyline.”

Paul Kitson, Director of Place, Prosperity, and Sustainability at Birmingham City Council

The transformational Curzon Wharf proposals include new residential buildings – including Birmingham’s tallest tower – shops, offices, and research and development and life sciences facilities. 

The scheme will deliver a 53-storey building with 498 Build to Rent homes. It will be Birmingham’s tallest tower at 172 metres (564 feet). The Curzon Wharf masterplan also include spurpose-built student accommodation and another residential element.

The development will include nearly 130,000 sq ft of office, R&D and life science space, over 3,000 sq ft of retail units, over 15,000 sq ft of leisure space, over 76,424 sq ft of new and improved public realm, and 490 metres of new and improved walking and cycling routes.

“Birmingham is proud to have young entrepreneurs like Tani who have the persistence and enthusiasm to drive us towards a brighter and more sustainable future.

“His tireless efforts and unwavering commitment to creating the world’s first mixed-use net zero carbon ready development are a testament to his determination to make a difference.”

Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands

Set to be developed in a key quarter of Birmingham city centre, Curzon Wharf is expected to boost Birmingham’s economy by at least £151m. The development will generate over 1,000 jobs, as calculated by planning specialists Turley and CBRE. The scheme is next to Aston University and Birmingham City University and is within an eight-minute walk of the new HS2 Curzon Street Station.

“Curzon Wharf has the potential to catalyse growth and innovation in the West Midlands, not only creating jobs in its own right, but helping to drive regional investment as a flagship development that is a very visible beacon of the regions commitment to creating world class, sustainable, infrastructure.”

Neil Rami, Chief Executive, West Midlands Growth Company