The Square, Broad Street, Birmingham, Construction with Community

The Square is a two-phase project starting with Cortland Broad Street: a 6-35-storey tower of 440 rented apartments (BTR); phase two will see a new three-star hotel.


The Square, Broad Street, Birmingham

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Partners: Cortland Build UK, Harrison Street

Architect: Corstorphine + Wright

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 Group, Harrison Street, AllianceBernstein

Enquiries: Knight Frank


The Development

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

Phase 1 will see a 35-storey and a low-rise, six-storey apartment block, offering 440 one-and two-bedroom apartments (1-4 persons). This is being delivered for US BTR giant, Cortland, and their JV partner, Harrison Street. It will be known as 'Cortland Broad Street'.

Expected to complete in early 2024, the phase will include more than 12,000 SF of amenity spaces including a gym, landscaped courtyard with a 200m running track, cinema room, co-working & lounge spaces, dining areas, a bouldering wall, roof terrace, and a tenant's club at the peak of the tower.

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, signaling 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 installed.

Foundations complete, ready for the core next.

The core riseth!

Photography by Daniel Sturley.

Photography by Stephen Giles.

February 2022 -

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

The core rises a little.

March 2022 -

Photography by Daniel Sturley.

April 2022 -

Photography by Daniel Sturley

May 2022 -

June 2022 -

Photography by Daniel Sturley.

July 2022 -

Photography by Daniel Sturley.

Photography by Stephen Giles

August 2022 -

Photography by Daniel Sturley.

Photography by Stephen Giles.

October 2022 -

Photography by Daniel Sturley.

Photography by Stephen Giles.

November 2022 -

December 2022 -

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.

Latest Photo: 19th February 2023

Photography by Daniel Sturley.

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



Project dates

02 Jun 2020 - On-going


Construction & regeneration, Modern Architecture


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Jonathan Bostock

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