The Square, Broad Street, Birmingham, Construction with Community

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


CORTLAND BROAD STREET (PHASE ONE)

The Square, Broad Street, Birmingham

View the site map HERE.

 

 

PROJECT TEAM:

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

 

In brief

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.

 

 

CONSTRUCTION:

Latest photo - 30th October 2022:

Photography by Daniel Sturley.

Construction Timeline:

October 2021

Demolition has been completed with construction now imminent.

Drone image from Stephen Giles/IYB.

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.

13th January 2022

The crane is installed.

15th January 2022

Foundations complete, ready for the core next.

29th January 2022

The core riseth!

Photography by Daniel Sturley.

Photography by Stephen Giles.

6th February 2022

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

The core rises a little.

Photography by Daniel Sturley.

13th February 2022

Photography by Daniel Sturley.

27th February 2022

Photography by Daniel Sturley.

6th March 2022

Photography by Daniel Sturley.

19th March 2022

Photography by Daniel Sturley.

31st March 2022

Photography by Daniel Sturley.

2nd April 2022

Photography by Daniel Sturley.

2nd April 2022

Photography by Daniel Sturley.

13th April 2022

Photography by Daniel Sturley.

17th April 2022

Photography by Daniel Sturley.

26th April 2022 -

Photography by Kingsheathen.

29th April 2022

1st May 2022

5th May 2022

9th May 2022

14th May 2022

22nd May 2022

29th May 2022

Photography by Daniel Sturley.

1st June 2022

Photography by Daniel Sturley.

5th July 2022

Photography by Daniel Sturley.

Latest photo - 26th June 2022:

Photography by Stephen Giles

28th July 2022

Photography by Daniel Sturley.

3rd August 2022

Photography by Daniel Sturley.

28th August 2022:

Photography by Daniel Sturley.

Latest photo - 30th October 2022:

Photography by Daniel Sturley.

There are now over 350 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

Passions

Construction & regeneration, Modern Architecture

Contact

Your Place Your Space

Jonathan Bostock

0121 410 5520
jonathan.bostock@ yourplaceyourspace.com

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The six-storey element is already topped out, with the tower now up to the 17th floor and counting. An excellent update with impressive viewpoints from Daniel and Stephen.


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Photography by Stephen Giles.

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The 'butterfly effect' cladding briefly made an appearance, before being stripped off in its entirety a few days later..

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Photography by Daniel Sturley.

There are now over 300+ photos of Cortland's construction, which can be viewed here. And then there's Birmingham's first ever map of developments, which can be viewed here.

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The 35-storey core at Cortland Broad Street has recently been completed, with the focus now shifting to the construction of the floors, now up to level 10, with the SFS (Steel Framing System) also well underway, too!

Follow the link for a thorough May to June update from Daniel, and Stephen.

 

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MAY

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Cortland Broad Street from a little over a mile away at Soho Loop:

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Photography from Stephen Giles.

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JUNE

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Photography from Daniel Sturley.

There are now over 200 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

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Cortland Broad Street's concrete core is huge! It currently sits on floor 34, just short of its maximum height.

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Cortland Broad Street's concrete core is huge! It currently sits on floor 34, just short of its maximum height.

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3rd April 2022

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Photography by Daniel Sturley.

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Image kindly taken by Kingsheathen.

There are now nearly 200 photos of the construction of this building, and these can now be seen in reverse date order in the full gallery here: The Square, Broad Street - Full Construction Photo Gallery

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This tower is rising so fast, the core is up to floor 26 at least and the lower structure is up to the third floor columns. The core can be seen from all over the west side of the city now. Loads of construction photos in this update.

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This tower is rising so fast, the core is up to floor 26 at least and the lower structure is up to the third floor columns. The core can be seen from all over the west side of the city now. Loads of construction photos in this update.


6th February 2022

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Photography by Daniel Sturley.

There are now over 170 photos of the construction of this building, and these can now be seen in reverse date order in the full gallery here: The Square, Broad Street - Full Construction Photo Gallery

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The Construction of Cortland Broad Street - January 2022

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Superb progress is being made at The Square, Broad Street, home of 'Cortland Broad Street', a 35-storey build-to-rent tower from Cortland Group and Harrison Street.

With the crane up, the slipform is now making its presence known on Broad Street. Another fab update from Daniel & Stephen.

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Superb progress is being made at The Square, Broad Street, home of 'Cortland Broad Street', a 35-storey build-to-rent tower from Cortland Group and Harrison Street.

With the crane up, the slipform is now making its presence known on Broad Street. Another fab update from Daniel & Stephen.


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CORTLAND BROAD STREET, THE SQUARE

Phase 1 (now under construction) of The Square will see a new landmark 6-35 storey build-to-rent (BTR) tower on Birmingham’s ever-evolving Broad Street.

Providing 440 one- and two-bedroom apartments, it is being delivered on behalf of US BTR giant, Cortland, and their JV partner, Harrison Street.

Amenities will include a gym, a landscaped courtyard with a 200m running track, cinema room, co-working spaces, lounges, dining areas, a bouldering wall, a roof terrace, and a tenant's club at the peak of the 35-storey.

Known as 'Cortland Broad Street', it is earmarked for completion in early 2024.

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

This phase is wholly dependent on a hotel occupier. More will be revealed in time.

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Images from Daniel & Stephen; artists Impressions from Corstorphine+Wright.

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The Square, Broad Street: Demolition complete; construction imminent

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Construction is imminent at The Square, Broad Street, after the successful demolition of fourteen terraced blocks.

The two-phase redevelopment will kick off with a 6-35 storey residential tower, closely followed by a new 8-storey hotel.

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Construction is imminent at The Square, Broad Street, after the successful demolition of fourteen terraced blocks.

The two-phase redevelopment will kick off with a 6-35 storey residential tower, closely followed by a new 8-storey hotel.


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Elford Demolition & Remediation began strip out works in July before the bulldozers moved in to demolish 14 terraced blocks of up to four storeys and, as the IYB drone image shows, the site is now demolished and inching ever closer towards being construction ready.

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Before works can begin, however, a condition to planning approval is the submission of a contaminated remediation scheme - now submitted, awaiting approval.

Once given the green light to proceed, the Principal Contractor of the project, The RG Group, will build The Square out in two phases.

Phase 1, contracted to a build-to-rent operator, will begin with a 6-35-storey tower (110.85m), before an 8-storey hotel is built in Phase 2 – but only once an operator has formally signed up.

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OVERVIEW:

Phase 1: 440 (1-3 bed) apartments (4 affordable) within a 6-35 storey tower, alongside a one-storey shared podium & a generous landscaped garden.

The shared podium will offer secure unparalleled access to a host of top-of-the-range internal and external amenities, including: a 200m running track in the courtyard; wellbeing, work & meeting facilities; gym & café space; cinema and party room; a crèche; and dining and lounge areas.

Additional amenities are to be provided at the top of the tower with the introduction of a tenant’s club.

Phase 2: An 8-storey, 229-bed 3* hotel – currently in talks with prospective tenants.

The hotel will, like the residential element, provide flexible ground floor commercial and private external space within the courtyard.

C.168 cycle spaces will serve the development along with the addition of 4 EV (electric vehicle) bays. C.40 new trees will be planted as part of landscaping works to mitigate the loss of 7 trees as part of the demolition.

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DEVELOPER: 2020 Living Ltd (Taylor Grange Developments)
ARCHITECTS: Corstorphone + Wright
PRINCIPAL DESIGNER: Construction CDM
PRINCIPAL CONTRACTOR: The RG Group
DEMOLITION CONTRACTOR: Elford Demolition and Remediation
QUANTITY SURVEYOR: WT Partnership
STRUCTURAL & CIVIL ENGINEER: Tier Consult
SERVICES ENGINEER: Vitec
LIFT CONSULTANT: KONE Plc
PLANNING CONSULTANT: Delta Planning
VALUE: c.60 Million

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The Square: New Revised Plans Set For Approval

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NEW revised designs have gone in for The Square, Broad Street - it's also recommended for approval on October 22nd.

440 apartments will be constructed within two adjoined builds of 35 (110.85m) and 6 storeys. A standalone hotel building will also be incorporated - providing 229 rooms over 8 storeys. 

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NEW revised designs have gone in for The Square, Broad Street - it's also recommended for approval on October 22nd.

440 apartments will be constructed within two adjoined builds of 35 (110.85m) and 6 storeys. A standalone hotel building will also be incorporated - providing 229 rooms over 8 storeys. 


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The Square will be introduced into the emerging Broad Street cluster and will offer a new yardstick for community living in the city.

It's being brought forward by 2020 Living Ltd, a vehicle used by Taylor Grange Developments, and has been designed by Corstorphine + Wright.

LATEST DESIGNS & PLANS

These latest plans, which are now set for approval, will see the demolition of a site deemed unsuitable for commercial tenants and the construction of a 35 storey tower with 6 storey shoulder & one storey podium - all containing 440 rented apartments, plant, storage, reception, communal amenities and cycle parking.

A standalone, 229-bed, 8 storey, 3* mid-market hotel building (white building below) will be built too, located on Grosvenor Street West, delivering flexible commercial ground floor commercial (dining & bar) and private external space.

The revised design will deliver a clean and robust tower using a simple palette that will soon offer something different for Broad Street.

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AMENITIES

A multitude of uses will be on offer here as part of the rented package, with secure unprecedented access to top-of-the-range internal and external amenity offerings.

Both residential builds will be adjoined via a shared podium; amenities will feature a 200m running track within the courtyard, wellbeing facilities, gym & café space, cinema/party room, dining and lounge areas, a crèche, plus work and meeting spaces.

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The inner courtyard will provide external green space offering different zones to either work or play.

It will become a place to encourage wellbeing and healthy activity, whether through exercise regimes or just a place to chill out and relax in the outdoor seating areas.

Additional external spaces will be provided within at the top of the 35-storey, in the form of a tenants club; the space with also feature a transparent facade providing subtle lighting.

The hotel will include flexible ground floor commercial and will most likely contain bar/ restaurant space. A clear through route will be created that’ll link into the courtyard for shared amenities between residents and guests. 

AFFORDABILITY

The scheme is liable for a CIL payment of circa. £2.179m for the residential element and 225K for the hotel.

In addition to that, an independently accessed viability statement has concluded that a total of 4 apartments (1%) is the most the scheme can sustain without impacting on the viability and deliverability of the scheme. These will be provided at 80% of market rent.

PARKING

The site is on the doorstep of the West Midlands Metro Tram. For that reason alone, four EV (electric vehicle) bays will be provided on site. 

168 cycle spaces will be accessible within the tower together with a dedicated cycle workshop. Hotel users will also be allocated additional space.

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Plans are recommended for approval on Thursday October 22nd, at 11am.

Words by Stephen Giles, with artists impressions from Corstorphine+Wright.

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The Square: A new 110m tall for Broad Street

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Plans will see the delivery of three new buildings comprising of a 3*, 8-storey Hotel of up to 231 rooms and 440 build to rent (BTR) apartments across two adjoined residential blocks of 35 (110.85m) and 6 storeys.

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The redevelopment is being brought forward by 2020 Living Ltd, otherwise known as Taylor Grange Developments, and has been designed by Corstorphine+Wright.

The Square will be introduced into the emerging Broad Street cluster and will provide a new yardstick for community living in the city

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A multitude of amenities will be on offer here as part of the BTR package, with secure unprecedented access to top-of-the-range internal and external amenity offerings totalling 1185.8 sqm.

The Hotel will also feature flexible commercial usages, which will likely contain a bar or restaurant on the ground floor.

For residents, however, both residential builds will be adjoined via a shared podium, as seen above and below; amenities will feature a 200m running track within the courtyard, wellbeing facilities, gym & café space, cinema/party room, dining and lounge areas, a crèche, plus work and meeting spaces.

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An inner courtyard will provide external green space offering different zones to either work or play. It will become a place to promote wellbeing and healthy activity, whether through exercise regimes or just a place to chill out and relax in the outdoor seating areas.

Fitness stations will be located on the perimeter for those with regimes to maintain. As the project evolves, there will most certainly be opportunities for enhanced fitness offerings here.

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Additional private amenity space will be provided within the crown of the 35-storey. It will offer a continuous 6m cantilevered brick colonnade framing a 360-degree roof terrace that will be lit up at night.

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WHAT ABOUT THE RESIDENTIAL MIX?

The residential mix will see a total of 46.4% one-bedroom apartments and 53.6% two-bedroom apartments. The entire mix currently includes 204 one (102 1B1P/ 102 1B2P) and 236 two bed (192 2B3P/ 44 2B4P) - totalling 440.

PARKING & ACCESS

Given the sustainable location of the site, only four EV (electric vehicle) bays will be designated for residents. These will be accessed via the hotels under croft.

168 cycle spaces will be available within Building A, where a dedicated cycle workshop will also be provided.

Access into the residential part of the site will be from Ryland Street, with an area of public realm on the corner providing a clear entrance to the ground floor reception.

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Access into the Hotel will be directly off Grosvenor Street West with a clear through route linking into the courtyard for shared amenities between residents and guests. 

Designated lay-by space for drop offs will be accessed on Grosvenor Street West.

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A total of 7 trees will also be removed to facilitate the development, with 4 being retained. 40 new trees will be planted as part of these new plans.

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WHY THIS SITE?

The principle of residential for the site was established back in 2017 through a prior approval application; fortunately, a change of use from offices never materialised, hence this proposal.

Occupied in some quarters, all builds are around 3-4 storeys and are now deemed unsuitable for commercial tenants. These will be demolished should planning consent be granted.

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Before & After:

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The Public Consultation Period for this proposal ends on July 2nd 2020. Be sure to comment on the application

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Words by Stephen Giles, with exclusive artists impressions from Corstorphine+Wright.

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