7 July 2017

New apartments approved for Birmingham City Centre


Planning has been approved for the construction of 367 new apartments on two derelict industrial sites in Digbeth, Birmingham. 

Designed by Whittam Cox Architects on behalf of client ESRG, the approved plans include demolition works and the erection of a new building at 234-236 Bradford Street, to create 91 one-bedroom and 146 two-bedroom flats. There will also be parking for 71 cars and 242 bikes in a complex ranging from five to eight storeys.

In a second project, the team are planning to carry out further demolition before construct-ing 130 apartments and 40 parking spaces at nearby 250-251 Bradford Street and its corner with Alcester Street. This element will rise to eight storeys and comprise 54 one-bedroom and 76 two-bedroom apartments with parking for 136 bikes.

The 130-apartment scheme has been described by planners as a high quality residential scheme within the Southern Gateway area that accurately represents a sustainable brownfield development. 

Mark Williams, Regional Director commented, "There has been vast investment in recent years in Birmingham city centre. The proposals recognise this area of Digbeth will be the subject of ongoing redevelopment and the scale and location of proposed buildings and associated commercial and amenity spaces reflect this city aspiration. 

“The team have worked tirelessly to ensure our design proposals seek to create a place that reinvigorates this area of Bradford Street and we are thrilled with the decision of the committee.”

Neil Grinnall, Managing Director at ESRG added, “It’s a true testament to great teamwork and choice of professionals that are able to select the right locations for development and out of this success is born. Years of experience has been brought together to produce another quality product to follow on from the flagship St Anne’s Court which is currently under construction”. 

Both schemes add to Whittam Cox Architects current project portfolio which includes major residential developments at Royal Wharf in London and Middlewood Locks in Manchester, the Bond Street retail and leisure development in Chelmsford, multiple retail accounts and a growing student accommodation portfolio.