Cortland Broad Street, The Square, Birmingham, Construction with Community

The Square is a two-phased project featuring Cortland Broad Street, a new 6-35-storey tower containing 440 rented apartments (BTR), and a three-star hotel.


The Square, Broad Street, Birmingham

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PartnersCortland Build UK, Harrison Street

Architects: Corstorphine & Wright, Weddles

Principal Designer: Construction CDM

Quantity Surveyor: WT Partnership

Structural & Civil Engineer/ Services: Tier Consult/ Vitec Group

Groundworks, Drainage & Concrete Frame: Stephenson Group

Principal Contractor: The RG Group

Planning Consultant: Delta Planning

Funding: Cortland, Harrison Street, AllianceBernstein

MarketingKnight Frank

Planning Application Number: 2020/03701/PA

Targeted Completion: March 2024



The Square is a two-phase landmark build-to-rent (BTR) and hotel development on Birmingham’s Broad Street.

Phase 1 has delivered a 6-35-storey containing 440 one- and two-bedroom apartments (1-4 persons) for US BTR giant, Cortland, and their Joint Venture partner, Harrison Street. The building will be known as 'Cortland Broad Street'.

Completing in March 2024, Cortland Broad Street includes more than 12,000K SF of amenities for the optimum rental experience. These include a large, landscaped courtyard with a 200m running track, a gym, a cinema room, co-working & lounge spaces, dining areas, a bouldering wall, a roof terrace, and a tenant's club at the tower's peak.

Phase 2 - wholly dependent on a hotel occupier - will see a standalone 8-storey, 229-bed mid-range hotel brand and, like the BTR element, will provide commercial at ground level and be set around a generous courtyard space.

Electric vehicle parking will be designated for residents, along with secure cycle parking for up to 168. Up to forty new trees will also be planted.


October 2021Demolition has been completed with construction imminent.

Drone image from Stephen Giles.

A piling rig is on-site, signalling that construction is now underway on the first phase. 440 build-to-rent (BTR) apartments will be delivered for Cortland UK, part of US BTR giant, Cortland Group, in partnership with Harrison Street.

January 2022 - The crane is in the process of being installed.

Foundations complete, ready for the core next.

The core riseth!

Photography by Daniel Sturley.

Photography by Stephen Giles.

February -

The first columns of the main structure are starting to be installed.

The core rises a little.

March -

Photography by Daniel Sturley.

April -

Photography by Daniel Sturley

May -

June -

July -

Photography by Daniel Sturley.

Photography by Stephen Giles

August -

Photography by Daniel Sturley.

Photography by Stephen Giles.

October -

Photography by Daniel Sturley.

Photography by Stephen Giles.

November -

December -

Taken from the Toposcope atop Beacon Hill in the Lickey Hills Country Park, about 7 mile to the south-west.

Photography by Daniel Sturley.

Photography by Stephen Giles.

January 2023 -

9th January 2023. Photography by Daniel Sturley.

January 2024 -

Photography by Stephen Giles.

There are now nearly 500 photos of the construction of this building which can be seen in reverse date order in the full gallery here: The Square, Broad Street - Full Construction Photo Gallery.



Project dates

02 Jun 2020 - On-going


Construction & regeneration, Modern Architecture


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