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112 Storeys Of Confidence In Birmingham City Living

The new residential tower at Paradise Birmingham

One hundred twelve storeys of new residential development are planned for Birmingham in just one week, as developers pile into the city despite the shadow cast on city living by the coronavirus pandemic.

2020 Living's proposal for a 35-storey tower at Ryland Street is recommended for approval at Thursday’s meeting of Birmingham’s Planning Committee.

The project envisages 440 build-to-rent apartments, along with a mid-market hotel of 229 beds on the Grosvenor Street West frontage. The hotel has attracted objections from two nearby hotel operators represented by Knight Frank, who say they are concerned by the loss of office floorspace and the volume and type of hotel accommodation that will replace it.

The approval comes as plans for a 28-storey tower at Essex Street are waved through. Developer Essex Street Ltd is providing 154 for-sale apartments.

Meanwhile, a planning application has now been submitted for a 49-storey residential tower at the £700M Paradise redevelopment.

The 49-storey, 510-foot octagonal tower will provide up to 346 new rental homes. There will be a mix of one-, two- and three-bed homes, including some at affordable rents for key workers.

Octagon follows on from the completion of the first phase of this mixed-use development, which includes the first two buildings, One Chamberlain Square and Two Chamberlain, as well as new public realm across the estate. 

The Paradise redevelopment is being brought forward through Paradise Circus Limited Partnership, a private-public joint venture with Birmingham City Council. The private sector funding is being managed by the international business of Federated Hermes. Argent is the development manager. 

The next commercial building at Paradise, One Centenary Way, a 13-storey, 280K SF office-led building, is underway, and another commercial building, Three Chamberlain Square, is going through a design competition. 

“It has always been our ambition to create a truly mixed-use development at Paradise that includes not just commercial buildings, but also leisure, hotel and residential spaces that complement the buildings we have already completed,” Argent Regional Director Rob Groves said. 

The architect is Glen Howells.