Turley – acting on behalf of Watkin Jones Group, a developer of residential for rent communities, has submitted plans for the redevelopment of a brownfield site in Birmingham’s city centre.
Proposals for the new Build to Rent development include 551 units – a mix of one, two and three bed homes across six blocks at the northern end of Sherlock Street. The site is in walking distance of the famous Bullring centre and the new HS2 terminal. The proposals also include around 1,500 square metres of high quality, flexible business and commercial space.
“Sherlock Street is our largest Build to Rent scheme to date. It is also one of our most exciting. We have a long history of investing in Birmingham and are committed to providing not only a brilliant living experience for a wide range of tenants but a flagship development that contributes to the city’s economic and social development.”Alex Pease, Chief Investment Officer, Watkin Jones
The scheme has been designed to have a positive impact on both the immediate area and Birmingham city as a whole. The proposal also features a wellbeing centre and a wide range of communal space – including residents’ lounges, workspaces and a roof garden. There will also be a landscaped courtyard for both residents and the wider public. In order to encourage sustainable transport, a cycling hub has been integrated into the design.
The scheme has been designed by local architects – Glenn Howells Architects – and reflects the growing popularity of renting in purpose-built, multi-occupancy developments for people who want to combine flexibility and convenience with being part of a vibrant community within the city centre.
The Build to Rent development is expected to create – directly and indirectly – around 305 jobs during each year of construction, and up to 120 further jobs when the scheme is fully operational.
Turley has provided expert Planning, Strategic Communications, Economics and Development Viability services for the proposal which is within the Rea Valley Urban Quarter. The proposals reflects Birmingham City Council’s aspiration to transform this part of the city into a new sustainable urban neighbourhood.