Planning secured for Smallbrook Queensway BTR

Developer CEG secures planning approval for Smallbrook Queensway, a new Build to Rent development in Birmingham.

Street level view of Smallbrook Queensway, which will see the delivery of SBQ 1, 2 and 3 | CEG | Corstorphine & Wright | BTR News
Street level view of Smallbrook Queensway, which will see the delivery of SBQ 1, 2 and 3.

Developer CEG and architectural firm Corstorphine & Wright have secured planning approval from Birmingham City Council for Smallbrook Queensway, a new Build to Rent scheme in Birmingham that will deliver three new buildings – SBQ 1, SBQ 2 and SBQ 3.

CEG received seven votes to four on its plans to demolish the on-site Grade B-listed building, and in turn develop up to 1,750 Build to Rent apartments across 44, 48 and 56 storeys in its place. There will also be 15% affordable housing provision, which in partnership with the West Midlands Combined Authority, will be topped up to 20%.

The trio of striking landmark buildings include SBQ 1 and SBQ 2 that will be 44 and 56 stories respectively, and SBQ 3 – a 48-storey building.

The first building – residential led SBQ 3 – aims to meet the current needs of Birmingham’s city centre by providing new homes and activating an underutilised pavement level with mixed-use retail, commercial and leisure spaces, along with extensive public realm areas. Situated at the eastern end of Smallbrook Queensway, SBQ 3 sits adjacent to the Bullring Shopping Centre.

The SBQ 3 development will deliver 547 Build to Rent apartments in a mix of 245 one-bedroom, 270 two-bedroom, and 32 three-bedroom apartments. Amenities include a 24-hour concierge service, a Level 45 residents sky lounge, and a multi-purpose amenity space and terrace midway up the tower, offering panoramic city views.

“We are delighted the Planning Committee has once again supported our proposal to transform the Smallbrook Queenway Buildings for the benefit of the whole city centre. Work will begin as soon as possible to clear the site and deliver the new homes and public spaces that Birmingham so desperately needs. We are grateful to BCC’s Officers, members of the Planning Committee, and the local business community for their thoughtful consideration of this vital scheme. Having now twice supported the scheme through the appropriate process, the Council has made a clear and unambiguous statement that the city is open to investment that revitalises the city centre and benefits everyone.”

James Shimwell, Head of Residential Development, CEG

The design of the new buildings take inspiration from the existing architecture and design features of the current site. The three distinct blocks that will eventually make up Smallbrook Queensway are set to reconnect the entertainment district with the city centre.