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Stephen Giles Construction & regeneration
07 Jan 2021 - Stephen Giles
News & Updates

APPROVED: 48-storey Irish Tower

Irish Tower has now been approved!

The developer is now free to replace an unattractive, vacant site by delivering 454 build to rent apartments within a 48 storey leaf-shaped skyscraper.

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APPROVED: 48-storey Irish Tower





Irish Tower has now been approved!

The developer is now free to replace an unattractive, vacant site by delivering 454 build to rent apartments within a 48 storey leaf-shaped skyscraper.


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This highly sustainable site, in dire need of investment, is now free - subject to a S106 legal agreement & safeguarding conditions - to deliver 181 one & 273 two bedroom apartments (1-4 persons) alongside around 10K of amenity spaces.

Ground floor, mezzanine, first floor, and a landmark 48th floor Sky Lounge will provide the amenity for residents; although not confirmed, these are likely to contain lounges, co-working space, dining areas, a cinema room, and an exclusive bar for inhabitants.

STONE YARD (WEST) CLOSED TO VEHICULAR TRAFFIC

Developer Court Collaboration and Birmingham City Council have also agreed, via a TRO process, that Stone Yard (West) be closed to vehicular traffic, thus allowing for £526,422 of all-important improvements to be made to the public realm.

The space will be open for pedestrians and cyclists and will tie in with future developments and the imminent Midland Metro Tram expansion along High Street–all set to kick off this year.

So, for those reasons above, Irish Tower will be a car-free affair; however, a minimum 122 cycle parking spaces will be provided - amounting to 35% provision.

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'48 STOREY DEEMED ACCEPTABLE'

The principle of a 48 storey development was deemed acceptable from the outset.

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It's also accepted that it will cause less than substantial harm to the setting of both conservation areas and several designated and non-designated heritage assets in the area. 

With additional information submitted to address concerns raised, councillors too accepted that the public benefits outweigh the harm identified. Those benefits include:

  • A recognisable landmark building that will contribute to the legibility of the city in an area set to undergo transformational change in the near future;
  • Enhancing the street scene with the removal of run-down buildings;
  • Introduction of a new area of public realm - one that adheres to the aspirations of the Rea Valley Urban Quarter SPD.
  • Green roofs to help biodiversity;
  • 454 much needed new homes;
  • Resident spending by helping to sustain shops and businesses in the area;
  • Increased jobs within the industry offering apprenticeships and training opportunities.

BUT WHY BUILD TALL HERE?

Since the High Places document was first adopted in 2003, more advice on talls has been provided in the Big City Plan (2011), Birmingham Development Plan (2017) and the Rea Valley Urban Quarter SPD (2019). These policy documents advise that tall buildings beyond the designated zone may be permitted. 

It is highlighted that High Street Deritend "presents the opportunity to create a street of city scale with a strong identity and character”, with good quality design and connectivity. 

As part of this vision, the Council's BDP includes this area in city centre policies & stipulates that existing buildings that detract from the quality of the place should be replaced - reflected here in the demolition of the former Irish Centre.

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As we already know, several tall buildings have already been permitted along the route of this street - think Connaught Square, Lunar Rise, etc.

It's also widely acknowledged that the adjacent Digbeth Quarter is a separate quarter, with its own distinct character.

AFFORDABILITY FACTOR

Perhaps a slight disappointmenthere is that Irish Tower cannot sustain the preferred 35% affordable housing contribution without rendering the development unviable to proceed with.

However, 14 units (3%) WILL be made available for 'affordable private rent' at 80% of market rent in perpetuity.

Given the public realm improvements also factored in and costing over half a million, this reflects an equivalent financial provision of 6%.

If the public realm works costs well below the total above, then the remaining monies will be used towards off-site affordable housing.

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Elliott Brown Transport
31 Dec 2020 - Elliott Brown
Gallery

The Westside Metro Extension on Broad Street

Despite the pandemic and multiple lockdowns, there has been a lot ot progress on the Westside Metro Extension from Centenary Square towards the Hagley Road, just beyond Five Ways in Edgbaston. Here we will look at the building of it from April 2015 to December 2020 on Broad Street with gaps from Feb to July 2020 and Nov 2020 due to the lockdowns.

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The Westside Metro Extension on Broad Street





Despite the pandemic and multiple lockdowns, there has been a lot ot progress on the Westside Metro Extension from Centenary Square towards the Hagley Road, just beyond Five Ways in Edgbaston. Here we will look at the building of it from April 2015 to December 2020 on Broad Street with gaps from Feb to July 2020 and Nov 2020 due to the lockdowns.


Westside Metro Extension on Broad Street

Most progress was done during the various lockdowns in 2020. Especially in the months where I was unable to travel to the City Centre (until I had to go back to work in July). I also missed November (2nd lockdown, until I went back to work). Didn't really get around to checking the extension out again until late December 2020.

They have started to install Brindleyplace Tram Stop. I had a walk down on Broad Street on Christmas Eve to see it.

Enjoy this photo gallery from April 2015 to December 2020. Track laying began at the end of 2019, and they made a lot of progress during 2020, while Westside was quiet.

25th April 2015.

In April 2015, early signs on Broad Street of utility works between the future site of The Bank and The Mercian.

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A lorry and van from the National Grid were on site in front of Zara's starting to move the undeground pipes and cables.

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5th April 2017.

Just under the link bridge from the Hyatt to Symphony Hall. More utility diverence works. This time by Pier (UK) Ltd.

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10th February 2018.

This view of Broad Street zoomed in from the Library of Birmingham's Secret Garden. Buses were still going up and down Broad Street at the time. This was close to Lee Longlands and Novotel.

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15th February 2018.

Views from the top deck of the X10 NXWM Platinum bus, emerging from the Five Ways Underpass near the Five Ways Complex.

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Was a lot of traffic here due to the roadworks close to Pryzm.

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Traffic was diverted around to the right, with temporary traffic lights. Welcome to the City Centre.

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It's hard to imagine Broad Street like this now, as it's been closed to traffic since 2019.

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There was even a big hole in the road near Uber, at the corner of Ryland Street.

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26th March 2018.

I was on a no 23 NXWM Platinum bus on the top deck, while the 24 was in front. Cones in the middle of the road, while more utilities were diverted near the O Bar.

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Near the end of Broad Street approaching Centenary Square, and about to go under the link bridge from Symphony Hall to the Hyatt Regency Birmingham. This view would change a lot in the follow two years.

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21st December 2019.

View from the no 24 National Express West Midlands Platinum bus from the top deck, looking towards Broad Street from Five Ways Island. Tracks had already been laid in the Five Ways underpass from Hagley Road to Broad Street.

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3rd February 2020.

The road had been dug up and was gates at certain sections, near where pedestrians could cross the road. This was near the Bierkeller Entertainment Complex towards the Five Ways Complex.

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22nd February 2020.

The footpath near Symphony Hall was closed, you had to cross through the temporary path towards the Hyatt Regency Birmingham.

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Between Regency Wharf and Symphony Hall, it looked like a warzone! No road surface.

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Towards Centenary Square, you can see Library Tram Stop in the distance.

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14th July 2020.

First time back on Broad Street for about 4 months due to the first lockdown (I'd gone back to work). Tram tracks had been laid near Reflex '80s Bar (The Crown), Walkabout and towards The Brasshouse.

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25th July 2020.

Tracks going all the way past Cineworld on Broad Street, down into the underpass below Five Ways Island.

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The other side of the fence up Broad Street past the Five Ways Complex, towards The Bank, The Mercian and the Hampton by Hilton Hotel (Cumberland House).

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29th August 2020.

Near Regency Wharf and the Solomon Cutler Wetherspoon. The road surface had yet to be filled up.

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12th September 2020.

You could now walk down the middle of Broad Street. They were now doing the paving in front of the O Bar and Walkabout. As well as the paving on the Black Sabbath Bridge.

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Near the Solomon Cutler Wetherspoon at Regency Wharf. You could walk over part of the track that goes towards Five Ways.

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16th September 2020.

Now you can see the track that was installed to connect to the end of the current line at Library Tram Stop.

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From Centenary Square at Library Tram Stop, where the tracks are connected to the existing line.

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19th October 2020.

Near Brindleyplace, Free Radio and Popworld.

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The tracks and the road surface were more or less complete near the Five Ways Complex.

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25th October 2020.

My last major walk of the Westside Metro extension before the 2nd lockdown was announced. Seen here near Cineworld (which had closed down again) and Pryzm at the Five Ways Complex.

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The freshly laid road surface not far from Revolution.

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Autumn leaves on the tracks near Dil Bar Indian Restaurant.

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Paving works between Symphony Hall and the Solomon Cutler at Regency Wharf. You could walk down the tracks.

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They had already started to lay bricks on the new tracks near Centenary Square, with this view of the Library of Birmingham.

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They had made a lot of progress since my previous update of this view, looked almost finished.

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19th December 2020.

Headed to the Black Sabbath Bridge, as the Black Sabbath Bench is now back in place. Brickwork towards Walkabout and O Bar is now complete.

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Looking towards The Brasshouse and Three Brindleyplace. All it needs now is the four Broad Street Walk of Stars of the Black Sabbath members to be laid, but that would mean removing the newly laid bricks!

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24th December 2020. 

The view on Broad Street towards Five Ways. Cineworld has been closed since the middle of October. Buses have to divert down Ryland Street.

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Similar to the October view, but all the autumn leaves have long since been cleared up.

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Towards the so called Broad Street Cluster.

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There is the usual shutdown over the Christmas holidays.

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Can walk down the middle of the tracks past Novotel and Travelodge.

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First view of Brindleyplace Tram Stop near Free Radio and Popworld.

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The start of the building of the tram platforms near Brindleyplace.

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Towards the Black Sabbath Bridge with what was The Crown ('80s Reflex Bar) and The ICC.

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A lot of strong winter sunshine on Broad Street, was close to Walkabout here.

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Looking back at the Black Sabbath Bridge.

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Towards Centenary Square, the link bridge from Symphony Hall to the Hyatt.

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From just in front of Library Tram Stop, the Westside Metro extension to Five Ways starts here.

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27th December 2020.

View of Broad Street from Five Ways Island on the no 24 NXWM Platinum bus towards the so called Broad Street Cluster. Tracks below emerging from the Five Ways underpass. I expect they will build a tram stop near Cineworld sometime in 2021.

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Also check out my Hagley Road, Edgbaston post .

Photos taken by Elliott Brown. Can be found on Twitter: ellrbrown

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Elliott Brown Transport
31 Dec 2020 - Elliott Brown
Gallery

The Westside Metro Extension on Hagley Road, Edgbaston

The tail end of the Westside Metro extension is being built at Hagley Road in Edgbaston, just beyond Five Ways. It goes past the Morrisons supermarket and Starbucks Coffee and will end outside of the refurbished Fifty4 Hagley Road. As of late December 2020, they have laid the tracks but yet to build up the road or pavement surface around most of it. Photo gallery from 2017 - 2020.

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The Westside Metro Extension on Hagley Road, Edgbaston





The tail end of the Westside Metro extension is being built at Hagley Road in Edgbaston, just beyond Five Ways. It goes past the Morrisons supermarket and Starbucks Coffee and will end outside of the refurbished Fifty4 Hagley Road. As of late December 2020, they have laid the tracks but yet to build up the road or pavement surface around most of it. Photo gallery from 2017 - 2020.


Westside Metro Extension on Hagley Road

One day from the end of 2021 onwards, West Midlands Metro trams will emerge from the Five Ways underpass, coming from Broad Street. Then will come to the end of the extension on Hagley Road in Edgbaston, this takes it past the Morrisons supermarket, with Starbucks Coffee at the end. But will end at the tram stop that will be built outside of Fifty4 Hagley Road.

The Five Ways underpass has been closed to all traffic since 2019, and they have to go on a diversion around Five Ways Island.

Beyond the end of the line, it was proposed that Sprint would continue down Hagley Road, but not sure what has happened to that. It would take a very long time to extend the line even further (as far as Bearwood and Quinton), but that seems unlikely for now.

1st October 2017.

The view from the wide pavement outside of Tricorn House. I thought they could built the line here (at the time). View towards Morrisons and Fifty4 Hagley Road, near where the line would eventually be built in 2020.

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But they would eventually build the extension outside of Morrisons towards Starbucks Coffee.

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You can see how wide the pavement was at the time at this side of Hagley Road back in 2017. The bus stops, lampposts, etc would all have to go.

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A view towards the offices at Fifty4 Hagley Road. Just some barriers on the pavement. Trees and grass that would have to go.

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15th February 2018.

A bus ride from the top deck of the X10 NXWM Platinum bus, as it passed Morrisons and the Marriott Hotel (on the right).

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Cones in the middle of the road. Opposite was also a Pizza Hut Delivery place for take away.

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The bus leaves Hagley Road, heading down the Five Ways Underpass towards Broad Street.

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There was a digital billboard that you can see as you head under Five Ways Island.

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View from the bus in the Five Ways Underpass. A view runners of the Great Birmingham Run used to have until a few years ago. Broad Street is at the end of the white light!

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29th June 2019.

The view from the top of Hagley Road. The Five Ways Underpass to the left. It would be hard to get views of the Metro extension around the tunnel if you were on the pavement, especially with traffic going past.

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21st December 2019.

One way to see a view of the tram tracks being laid was from the top deck of a bus going around Five Ways Island. This view towards Hagley Road past The Lansdowne, early track laying progress. This was taken from the top deck of the no 24 NXWM Platinum bus. By now going on a diversion to the City Centre.

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23rd December 2019.

Saw these pink Midland Metro Alliance barriers just beyond Morrisons on the Hagley Road.

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There was also some pink Midland Metro Alliance barriers in front of Fifty4 Hagley Road. All of that grass and young trees have been removed for the extension in the year since.

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4th January 2020.

A view of the Five Ways Underpass with the tracks that had been laid. This was the view zoomed in from the window at Morrisons Cafe. This was my last photo of the extension on Hagley Road before the pandemic was declared, and we had those lockdowns and restrictions.

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31st July 2020.

With restrictions eased by the summer, I was back to work in the middle of July. On a day off I headed towards the Hagley Road on a warm day to see The Two Towers again. Was lots of cones and barriers on the right.

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There was also a lot of traffic trying to get past Fifty4 Hagley Road. As only one lane was open.

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25th October 2020.

I heard that the crossing on the Hagley Road near Starbucks was closed, so that day I went to have a drink and toastie inside of Starbucks. Then got these photos of the tracks that had been laid. A bit awkward with the fences in the way.

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Completed tracks emerging from the Five Ways underpass onto the Hagley Road, in from of Tricorn House and Cobalt Square.

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There was a bus stop in use on the left, but all other traffic had to go to the right.

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24th December 2020.

Christmas Eve, and I got off the no 1 bus on Highfield Road, and walked to Hagley Road to see the latest progress of the extension.  Starting from Fifty4 Hagley Road. This was near the old Birmingham 1 mile sign.

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Bit of a mess outside of Fifty4 Hagley Road, but there is tracks laid just up ahead.

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The tracks that have been installed in front of Barclays, towards Morrisons.

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Cross over tracks just beyond Starbucks. Bright sunshine.

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A path has been built towards Starbucks Coffee, with bricks in the middle. I'm not sure if they were open for takeaway or not.

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Tracks in the direction of Fifty4 Hagley Road, past Barclays. You can see the cross over tracks. A lot of litter needs to be picked up when they resume in January 2021.

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The tracks towards Morrisons. This was the wide pavement. Trees on the right survive next to the dry cleaning place.

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Last photo, of water logged tracks that come out of the Five Ways underpass. With traffic waiting on the Hagley Road, having just come on from Five Ways Island.

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27th December 2020.

The day after Boxing Day, I got the bus to Harborne, then caught a no 24 NXWM Platinum bus from Harborne Road, Edgbaston. Got the updated view of the tram tracks going in and out of the Five Ways underpass from Five Ways Island.

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The bus stopped at traffic lights, so was able to get a second view. The tracks heading towards Morrisons and Fifty4 Hagley Road. Seems to be concrete barriers in the middle for some reason.

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See also my Broad Street post.

Photos taken by Elliott Brown. Can be found on Twitter: ellrbrown

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The Construction of One Centenary Way - August to December 2020

The construction of One Centenary Way has seemed slow to start but such a massive foundation and lower structure takes time. The main steel is ready to rise fast now though as the building starts to appear from behind the hordings. August to December 19th covered in this photo update.

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The Construction of One Centenary Way - August to December 2020





The construction of One Centenary Way has seemed slow to start but such a massive foundation and lower structure takes time. The main steel is ready to rise fast now though as the building starts to appear from behind the hordings. August to December 19th covered in this photo update.


20th August 2020

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30th August 2020

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19th September 2020

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27th September 2020

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4th October 2020

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25th October 2020

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5th November 2020

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7th November 2020

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24th November 2020

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1st December 2020

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5th December 2020

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19th December 2020

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Photos by Daniel Sturley

There are now nearly 200 photos of the construction of this building and can be seen in reverse date order in the full gallery here: One Centenary Way Full Construction Photo Gallery

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Amendments In For Major Digbeth Scheme

Amended plans have recently arrived for the eagerly anticipated redevelopment of Upper Trinity Street, Digbeth.

Brought forward by developer Cole Waterhouse, we've prepared a thorough lowdown on each individual phase of this once-in-a-lifetime scheme, with exclusive renderings from the architect, Corstorphine+Wright. 

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Amendments In For Major Digbeth Scheme





Amended plans have recently arrived for the eagerly anticipated redevelopment of Upper Trinity Street, Digbeth.

Brought forward by developer Cole Waterhouse, we've prepared a thorough lowdown on each individual phase of this once-in-a-lifetime scheme, with exclusive renderings from the architect, Corstorphine+Wright. 


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The site seeks to deliver:

  • 943 new homes (Private sale/ BTR/ affordable); 
  • A 133 bed Hotel (subject to occupier demand);
  • 6K sqm of ground floor cultural and commercial space;
  • Public open spaces; 
  • Public artworks;
  • A network of new yards and squares;
  • Restoration of Lock Keepers Cottage & Pump House.
  • Erection of NINE new buildings.

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The site will undergo large scale (potentially phased) demolition works, with key buildings retained, enhanced and celebrated within these new plans. 
 
PHASE 1:
Blocks A, B, C; Makers' Yard, Passage & Upper Trinity Street.
 
Block A: 16 floors, 23,876 sqft commercial & 151 units (1-2 beds/5 three-bed duplexes)
Block B: 15 floors, 13,748 sqft commercial & 127 units (1-3 beds)
Block C: 15 floors, 98 units (1-2 beds) & 3,535 sqft commercial.
= 376 homes.
 
 

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Running alongside Upper Trinity Street and adjacent the viaducts, these midrise blocks will provide a vibrant central spine through the development. 

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At the heart of it all will sit the Makers’ Yards: multi-level creative studios, workspace & facilities and outdoor amenity spaces for residents..

Makers' Yard will sit above a basement car park and will be accessed from both Upper Trinity Street & the restored Pump House Passage.

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Pump House Passage (#2 on the above legend)

This space will become a key north-south route within the redevelopment; it'll connect Adderley Yard to Pump House Park (#5) and will also provide links to Makers' Yard and future links into adjacent developments.

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PHASE 2:
Blocks E, F, G; Bowyer Yard & Pump House Park.
 
Block E: 11 storeys, 4,790 sqft commercial & 67 units (1-2 beds/2 duplexes)
Block F: 7 storeys, 55 units (1-2 beds/4 duplexes) & 1,023 sqft commercial.
Block G: 5-7 storeys, 2,572 sqft commercial & 87 units (1-2 beds/10 duplexes)
= 209 homes
 
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These blocks compliment the areas current & past industrial heritage. The saw-tooth industrial roofscape enables additional living space without the need for an increase in height.

Vibrancy will be brought to these blocks as live/ work street units linking through to an unlocked Bowyer Street.

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Featuring the locally listed, Lock Keepers Cottage, this 18th century building within Pump House Park will be re-purposed and brought back into use for the community, complete with gardens.

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Bowyer Yard will be a private contemplative space that relates to the live/work uses within the surrounding buildings.
 
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PHASE 3:
Block J & the completion of Adderley Yard.
 
Block J: 19 floors, 5,296 sqft commercial & 124 units (1-2 beds/2 duplexes).
 
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Block J will provide a gateway for the proposed new buildings set to spring up on Adderley Street and will also front onto the future Midland Metro tram stop.

Overlooking the new public realm at Adderley Yard, Block J will reach 19 storeys, and will feature a punctuated facade design, roof gardens, covered terraces and amenity spaces.

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Adderley Yard will become the entrance of the new redevelopment. Digbethian in vibe, it'll become a lively area that will see Dead Wax retained and made a major focal point of the new yard. 

Artworks & murals will visually connect the area along with themed bespoke street furniture.

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PHASE 4:
Block H
 
Block H. 32 floors, 234 units (1-2 beds), 9,743 sqft commercial, 1,624 sqft amenities & 2,323 gym space.
 
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On the corner of Adderley Yard and Upper Trinity Street stands the most prominent gateway building that identifies the Upper Trinity Street development.

Reaching 32 storeys in height, it'll feature an 8 storey shoulder element to Adderley Yard and UTS, before transitioning down from the corner to lower adjacent buildings.

BEFORE:

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Amenity spaces will be at level 01 overlooking Adderley Yard, and level 7.

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PHASE 5 (flexible):
Hotel 
 
Block D: 8 storey, 133 bed Hotel & 266 sqm flexible commercial.
 
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This standalone building will provide a strong identity for Digbeth. It'll sit overlooking new green infrastructure surrounding it in Pump House Park & adjacent at Duddleston Skypark.

Its artwork facade will now become a permanent installation, with the facade to be commissioned by an artist.

Subject to occupier demand, this will remain flexible until further notice.

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VEHICULAR & CYCLE PARKING

Given the site's proximity to the city centre and with major transport connections nearby and with the tram set to run within the area soon, the site will see 7% car parking provision.

Basement parking for 66 is to be provided beneath blocks A-C. 28 of the spaces will be for mobility purposes; cycle storage will be located throughout the site at a rate of 1/per unit.

FUTURE MASSING & THE 'SKYPARK'.

The 2.5km Duddeston Viaduct Skypark aka 'The Brummie Highline' is a major opportunity to provide a new linear park within Digbeth - and one that will provide a connecting link between UTS and beyond.

The aspiration to turn the disused viaduct park into a 'highline' has long been established within the HS2 Curzon Masterplan and the Big City Plan.

Running along Upper Trinity Street to Montague Street as it does, we'll see high quality public space & event areas. Watch this space for this one!

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PROJECT TEAM:

DEVELOPER: Cole Waterhouse
ARCHITECTS: Corstorphine + Wright/ Exterior Architecture Landscape
PROJECT MANAGER/ QUANTITY SURVEYOR: Henry Riley LLP
PLANNING CONSULTANT: Barton Willmore
STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: Renaissance Associates 
MECHANICAL & ELECTRICAL (M&E): Novo Integration 
TRANSPORT: Mode Transport Planning
All images are the property of Corstorphine + Wright Architects.
 
TWITTER: Buildsweare
INSTAGRAM: Itsyourbirmingham

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