52fl Act One, Chung Ying Plaza, Thorp Street - Placemaking with Community

Act One is a new 52-storey skyscraper at the heart of the evolving Southside district offering a unique place and quality of experience for occupants.


17 Thorp Street

Birmingham, B5 4AT

View the site map HERE.



Developer: Cordia Blackswan

Architect: K4 Architects

Masterplanning Architect: Steve Ritchie Partnership

Consultant Architect: Simpson Haugh and Partners

Project Manager/ Cost Consultant: Edmond Shipway

Structures: WSP

MEP/ Facades/ Sustainability: Ramboll

Transport: Mode

Planning Consultant/ Agent: Terence O'Rourke

Heritage/ Public Realm: NODE


In Brief

Act One is a 52-storey (including plant) skyscraper at the heart of the evolving Southside district.

With a major focus on health, well-being and social interaction, the 170-metre tall, low-carbon “Vertical Village” would reanimate Thorp Street to become an engaging part of the City Centre, characterised by its Chung Ying Plaza public space, and a centrepiece King Kong structure.

Delivering 487 build-to-rent (BTR), smart-enabled apartments, in a range of 220 one, 221 two, 43 three-bedroom apartments, and 3 penthouses, Act One features a unique amount of amenities plus over 19K SF of commercial at both ends of the building – including at the retained 17 Thorp Street at ground level.

Amenities include a welcoming double-height reception, with a gym and wellbeing suite on levels 1 & 2; workspace, self-service bar, kitchen, dining, meeting areas, screening room, karaoke suite, play space, and a tropical garden on level 48; a bar & restaurant on the 49th floor; and a unique new 360-degree public observation deck with a 4,202K SF external terrace on floor 50.

A fundamental part of the development is its new public realm at ground level. Chung Ying Plaza would become the site's vibrant new public space; a space that overturns Thorp Street from a back street to a bustling public, and green, destination space, with fluid links to Hippodrome Street, Hurst Street, and beyond.

Act One is a car-free affair; however, a bike club would be set up to offer e-bike charging, repairs, and hire services.

All images are the property of Cordia Blackswan/ K4 Architects.


Project dates

29 Jul 2021 - On-going


Construction & regeneration


Your Place Your Space

Jonathan Bostock

0121 410 5520
jonathan.bostock@ yourplaceyourspace.com