Woodbourne Group’s Curzon Wharf moves forward

Woodbourne Group’s Curzon Wharf development takes another step forward with the sign off of a Section 106 agreement. 

Curzon Wharf main plaza | BTR News
Curzon Wharf main plaza.

Since it was first publicly announced in March 2021 and following planning approval in April 2023 in a landmark decision by city planners, the Curzon Wharf development is another step closer to becoming reality.

Tani Dulay’s Woodbourne Group and Birmingham City Council have now signed off a Section 106 agreement. The agreement between a developer and the local planning authority includes measures that the developer must take to reduce their impact on the community.

“This has taken years of unwavering determination. Reaching this milestone has been a testament to the relentless work ethic by our team and partners. The signing of the Section 106 agreement signifies that Curzon Wharf is now a significant stride closer to shaping the future of Birmingham Knowledge Quarter and the city. We are a Birmingham business for Birmingham.” 

Tani Dulay, Chief Executive, Woodbourne Group

Curzon Wharf will include a 53 storey Build to Rent development standing at 172 metres high – making it the highest in Birmingham, a 41 storeys student accommodation building and another 14 storeys residential element.

The ground-breaking vision is to create the world’s first mixed-use net zero carbon ready development (highly energy efficient building and fully powered from on-site and/or off-site renewable energy sources).

“We are delighted that progress has been made on this truly groundbreaking development. The Section 106 agreement is a crucial step forward for Curzon Wharf  – an exciting masterplan which builds on Birmingham’s ambition to be a greener, more dynamic and sustainable city. 

“Woodbourne Group’s bold vision has acted as a catalyst for the rejuvenation of that area, we look forward to it being brought to life and becoming a key piece of the Birmingham skyline.”

Councillor John Cotton, Leader, Birmingham City Council

Proposals for the Curzon Wharf masterplan also includes shops, offices and research and development and life sciences facilities. It will also deliver over 76,424 sq ft of new and improved public realm, and 490 metres of new walking and cycling routes.

The £360m waterfront ecosystem will transform a key gateway to Birmingham. The one million sq ft site is currently occupied by industrial units constructed in the 1960s. The transformation is set to be developed in a key quarter of the city centre and will generate close to 1,400 jobs.  

“This is another significant milestone for Tani and his team at Woodbourne Group. It’s testament to their vision and hard work. They’re intent on delivering a bold vision for Birmingham – and it’s a vision that we welcome. I wish them continued success with this landmark scheme in the months ahead.”

Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands