Octagon Build to Rent development soars to new heights

The iconic Octagon will stand higher than the city’s BT tower and will be the first octagonally shaped building in the world.

The Octagon building soars to new heights and is set to be the highest building in Birmingham | Paradise | Howells | City Developments Limited | BTR News
The Octagon building soars to new heights and is set to be the highest building in Birmingham.

The highly anticipated Octagon Build to Rent development in Paradise, Birmingham, soars to new heights and is only months away from being the tallest building in the city.

Upon completion, the world’s first pure octagonal high-rise residential building – designed by Howells Architects – will stand proudly at 40 storeys, 155 meters (410 feet) tall, as a testament to Birmingham’s burgeoning skyline. Practical completion is scheduled for summer 2025.

Octagon will include 370 new Build to Rent homes, with the core reaching level 40 and floorplates reaching level 35. The Octagon isn’t just a feat of engineering, it’s a testament to innovation in architectural design.

The pair of tower cranes have now reached their final height, allowing main contractor Midgard to construct the remaining ten floors of the building core ahead of its practical completion.

The unique octagonal shape of the scheme will provide unparalleled views across the city for its residents - Paradise | Howells Architects | City Developments Limited | BTR News
The unique octagonal shape of the scheme will provide unparalleled views across the city for its residents.

“As a high-profile tall building with a world-first and highly sustainable design ethos, Octagon will become an important part of the city’s skyline for years to come. We are creating a highly recognisable landmark for our city that will build on Birmingham’s growing reputation both at home and abroad, and the latest milestone in Octagon’s progress is something to celebrate.

“The architecture of Octagon, a pure octagon with eight equal sides, is an exciting world-first for the city, making the building instantly recognisable on the skyline. The shape of the building responds to the plot of land upon which it sits, maximising light in every home and creating unique appeal thanks to the utilisation of both views and space.”

Ross Fittall, Commercial Development Director, Paradise
Concept image of the Octagon development - Paradise | Howells Architects | City Developments Limited | BTR News
Concept image of the Octagon development.

The milestone marks a significant leap forward in Paradise’s commitment to deliver a world-class and landmark estateand with a true mixed-use proposition.

Backed by Singapore headquartered global real estate investor City Developments Limited (CDL), the £110m scheme pays homage to the nearby Jewellery Quarter with its metal-influenced workshops and products.

The development of the Octagon in action - Paradise | Howells Architects | City Developments Limited | BTR News
The development of the Octagon in action.

Birmingham is the second fastest-growing city centre population in the UK, ahead of cities like Manchester and Leeds, with 7,000 new residential units either being built or planned across the city centre.