Court Collaboration brings BTR opportunities to Digbeth: the Sunday Times’ ‘coolest places to live’

Court Collaboration’s CEO provides an indepth insight into its upcoming scheme and discusses how it will positively contribute to Digbeth’s vibrant offering.

Exterior of the Stone Yard Build to Rent scheme, Digbeth - Court Collaboration | BTR News
Exterior of the Stone Yard Build to Rent scheme, Digbeth

Following a challenging year in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, Court Collaboration has adapted well to the new ‘normal’ as the team accelerates ahead in the delivery of its various residential and mixed-use schemes across the UK. 

Most noteworthy is Court Collaboration’s latest Build to Rent scheme, The Stone Yard in Digbeth. Having received the accolade of one of the best places to live in the UK by the Sunday Times this year, Digbeth is often recognised for its cool vibe and energetic ‘hive of creativity and fun’, with the Stone Yard set to become the latest addition. 

Court Collaboration’s CEO, Anthony McCourt provides an indepth insight into its upcoming scheme and details how it will positively contribute to Digbeth’s vibrant offering by providing a destination in its own right. 

“The Stone Yard will transform the former Peugeot showroom site to deliver an impressive complex of seven separate buildings, offering 928 high quality one and two-bedroom properties. Situated on land at the corner of Alcester Street and High Street Deritend which was once used by the Bull Ring Trading Estate, the regeneration of this site will be a fantastic contribution to Digbeth.” 

Anthony McCourt, CEO, Court Collaboration

Rebranded from its earlier working title of The Charter, the £280m Stone Yard scheme is Court Collaboration’s latest Build to Rent scheme in the UK’s second city. Conveniently located just a short walk from the new HS2 Curzon Street Station and less than 20 minutes from the iconic Bullring Shopping Centre and Grand Central Station, the development is also close to the lively Brindleyplace and trendy Jewellery Quarter. 

The Stone Yard Build to Rent scheme - Court Collaboration | BTR News
The Stone Yard Build to Rent scheme

Designed to include circa 30,000 sq ft of commercial space, the scheme will boast a range of co-working spaces designed to support the city’s abundance of entrepreneurs and SMEs. 

“With the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic encouraging employers and employees alike to reassess the opportunity for flexible working, this space will prove to be popular with those keen to maintain a work life balance. 

“As well as offering a number of desirable one- and two-bedroom properties, with 10% of these allocated as affordable housing, the development will also encourage the best of ‘work, live and play’ with a range of potential leisure and retail opportunities, including a gym and cinema.”

Anthony McCourt, CEO, Court Collaboration

Designed by Glancy Nicholls Architects, the development’s seven buildings will be anchored by a central landscaped boulevard, with an additional two courtyards offering extra space to enjoy the open air and take in the hustle and bustle of city centre living. Its tallest building will be 30 storeys high and will enhance Birmingham’s impressive and vastly evolving city centre skyline. 

“The road leading to Smithfield and the Bullring is a major gateway into the city centre, so we were keen to deliver a visually appealing scheme which makes a real statement and we think that the Stone Yard does just that.

“It will play an important role in helping to further open up the area and will form a critical part of the city’s economic recovery strategy following the Covid-19 pandemic. We look forward to starting works onsite shortly, with a target of commencing during Q1 2021.”

Anthony McCourt, CEO, Court Collaboration

In addition, Court Collaboration is continuing to demonstrate its commitment towards enhancing Digbeth’s rich offering and has bought into the Irish Community, following its purchase of the former iconic Irish Centre which is bounded by Stone Yard. 

“Our hope is for the former Irish Centre to be transformed into a 48 storey apartment building offering 454 rental apartments and 10,000 sq ft of amenity space.

“With such a colourful history, we are keen to create a new legacy with the inclusion of a new Irish community and heritage centre at Stone Yard. This is incredibly important to us and we are working closely with the Birmingham Irish Association to help maintain an active and prolonged presence in the area.”

Anthony McCourt, CEO, Court Collaboration

See more information about Court Collaboration’s Stone Yard development