Plans submitted for 50-storey Birmingham tower

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Developer Cordia Blackswan has submitted plans for a 50-storey residential operation successful the bosom of Birmingham.

The application, handed into the metropolis assembly this month, would spot 487 rental homes created wrong a 170-metre-tall “vertical village” adjacent to New Street station.

The tract astatine 17 Thorp Street sits betwixt the 47-storey Beetham Tower and events venue the Birmingham Hippodrome successful the Midlands city’s Southside district.

Existing buildings connected the crippled would beryllium demolished nether plans drawn up by architects K4. The caller operation would beryllium known arsenic Act One.

As good arsenic the homes, the operation would diagnostic a scope of nonmigratory facilities, including wellbeing and leisure space, rhythm parking and a reception. A edifice and barroom would besides beryllium included, on with a entity plot and public-realm improvements.

The task aims to make a “unique spot and prime of experience” for occupants, according to the readying documents. Birmingham-based Cordia Blackswan said it intends to springiness a “new consciousness of intent to a somewhat neglected portion of the city”. The developer claims the operation would assistance physique a assemblage among the taste buildings of the area, arsenic good arsenic boosting the section economy.

Cordia Blackswan managing manager Marcus Hawley said: “We privation to make a nationalist realm and tract that brings important societal and economical benefits to the metropolis and contributes to the council’s aboriginal vision. Act One volition instrumentality the accepted build-to-rent exemplary to caller heights successful presumption of quality, the level of facilities, and the accidental for enactment and engagement betwixt residents.”

Elsewhere successful the city, a associated task of Argent and Federated Hermes is readying the 49-storey Octagon operation wrong the £700m Paradise Birmingham development. This would beryllium taller than the city's existent highest point, the 152-metre BT Tower, though some are acceptable to beryllium dwarfed by a 61-level skyscraper approved for 100 Broad Street.

Meanwhile, plans emerged this month to crook a tract successful Birmingham antecedently earmarked for a Commonwealth Games athletes’ colony into a shipping-container events park.