Court Collaboration partnership plants time capsule at Birmingham BTR

The new Build to Rent development will regenerate a former Irish centre in Deritend, in which the time capsule will commemorate.

Court Collaboration and Gallagher Developments have celebrated the start of construction at a Build to Rent development in Birmingham with a commemorative time capsule | BTR News
Court Collaboration and Gallagher Developments have celebrated the start of construction at a Build to Rent development in Birmingham with a commemorative time capsule.

Specialist residential developer Court Collaboration and Gallagher Developments have celebrated the beginning of works at the former Irish Centre in Birmingham with a ceremonial time capsule burial.

Local stakeholders joined the developer, along with demolition contractor McAuliffe Group, to bury a time capsule at the site. The capsule contains a range of items linked to the history and heritage of the building and Irish community in Birmingham, added by those in attendance.

Initial works are underway to prepare for the demolition of the building, which will be replaced by a landmark Build to Rent tower containing 454 contemporary one- and two-bedroom apartments.

“I want to thank everybody that has been involved in the planning and realisation of this project to date. There’s been a lot of hard work so we’re all thrilled to mark this milestone – and can’t wait to see the development take shape in the coming month and years. In 50 years, a future generation will unearth this capsule and enjoy the items we’ve all added, many of which are close to the hearts of our Irish friends here today. Huge thanks go to Sir Tony Gallagher, whose support has been crucial throughout. The city council for its vision and backing ambitious developers like us and to Maurice, and all our friends in the community, that adore this city as we do.”

Alex Neale, Managing Director (MD), Court Collaboration

The development will be the third major scheme from the partnership between Court Collaboration and Gallagher Developments, which includes the 667 units at One Eastside and 995 units consented prior to disposal at the Stone Yard scheme.

“It’s onwards and upwards, and there are plenty of developments that are hopefully going to bring people into the city and in to Digbeth and make it an attraction for the city.”

Maurice Malone, CEO, Birmingham Irish Association

Once complete, the Build to Rent development will provide access to new residential amenities including a rooftop terrace on the 48th floor, a gym and lounge. 

Adding to the progression of Digbeth and the wider city centre, the site acquisition has been funded by Gallagher Developments – the company of long-term collaborator Sir Tony Gallagher.

“Digbeth, and Birmingham as a whole, is now evolving in spectacular fashion. The investment and ambition of all those passionate about this city is shining through, and it’s incredibly exciting to see work starting at the former Irish Centre. It of course holds an extra special place in our hearts, filled with history and heritage, and we’ll honour that with the quality and care put into the scheme, creating places for the next generation to thrive.”

Sir Tony Gallagher, Gallagher Developments