Developer and contractor Torsion Group secures Westminster Works, a £50m GDV Build to Rent scheme in Birmingham. The scheme fell into administration two years ago when works stopped, but Torsion Group worked through the challenging requirements of the project using their expertise in developing part constructed schemes.
Following seven months of working with developer Hadrian Real Estate, construction has now started on site through Torsion Construction, the delivery arm of Torsion Group.
Designed by architects Glancy Nicholls and funded by AM Alpha, the seven-storey development will deliver 220 new homes – a mix of one and two bedroom Build to Rent apartments. Amenities at Westminster Works includes a gym, concierge service and 24/7 security. Completion is expected in early 2026.
“Westminster Works is the latest in a string of recent large residential projects for Torsion as we respond to ever-growing requirements in this sector. This latest scheme reaffirms our ongoing confidence in the market and continues our growth in the Midlands region.
“We are delighted to be working with Hadrian Real Estate and AM Alpha as principal contractor on this development. We understand that investors need a construction partner that can help them capitalise on the positive trends within the Build to Rent sector, and our teams are now focussed on delivering this flagship development in Birmingham.”Dan Spencer, CEO, Torsion Group
Located on Alcester Street in Digbeth, east Birmingham, Westminster Works is close to the proposed high-speed rail network linking Birmingham and London, as well as New Street station and the city centre. The area around the development is rapidly shaping up as a desirable base for commuters.
“We are expecting high demand for Westminster Works because of its proximity to the city centre and less than 1km from New Street Station. We were impressed with the quality of build and experience we saw on other Torsion schemes we visited. We are really excited about what this development means for this up-and-coming area of Birmingham.”Keith McDougall, Hadrian Real Estate
Apartments at the scheme incorporate high levels of sustainability, with the use of MVHR and solar photovoltaic (PV). Green roofs will help biodiversity in this once-industrial quarter of the city, whilst also mitigating some of the urban heat island effects.
“We are delighted to fund our first scheme in the UK and Birmingham is a great place to live, work and invest, which eloquently sums up why we chose Westminster Works. The development has been designed with a focus on quality, operational efficiency, and long-term environmental sustainability that meet the needs and aspirations of residents.”Oliver Gaschler, AM Alpha