Plans in for 37-storey tower


One of the tallest buildings in the Midlands, which would stand at 37 storeys and form part of a 769-apartment scheme, could be constructed in Birmingham after plans were submitted to the city council.

St Joseph, which has owned the land at Eastside Locks since the summer of 2018, is behind the proposals which also include a 16-storey building and an eight-storey block.

Across all three plots, 388 one-bed, 373 two-bed and eight three-bed apartments would be created.

The 3.6-acre site is bounded by the Lawley Middleway, Jennens Road, Belmont Row, and Cardigan Street and would also include a gym and a cinema as well as 93 car parking spaces.

If approval is granted by Birmingham City Council, the 37-storey, 123-metre tower would be higher than the second Bank tower which is being constructed in Broad Street.

However, it would not be as tall as the 42-storey building earmarked for 212 Broad Street Court Collaboration’s 46-storey One Eastside scheme.

The new plans for Eastside Locks have been designed by Glenn Howells Architects.

A document submitted to the council on behalf of the applicant said: "This site, which fell in to disuse over a decade ago, presents a hugely exciting opportunity to create a new residential community and gateway to the future Curzon Masterplan and the adjacent Millennium Point and HS2 Terminus. It will repair the city block and transform the street-scape in this part of Birmingham.

"The vision is to create an inclusive community that will reconnect the rich heritage of Eastside Locks with this dynamic and innovative quarter of Birmingham.

"The initial site layout was developed in response to the constraints and opportunities presented by the existing conditions such as the historic canal corridor and corresponding topography, emerging new developments, pedestrian access, and future developments.

"The client and project team have engaged closely with stakeholders through a series of consultations, principally with Birmingham City Council, Birmingham Design Review Panel, Heritage England, the Victorian Society and the Canal and Rivers Trust. A public consultation was also held with various stakeholders and local community members attending.

"Alongside a detailed environmental and heritage analysis, which comprises wind, sunlight and daylight, ecology, air quality, noise and vibration and visual impact assessments the scheme has developed in response to a range of technical, policy and community observations.

"The proposal, as detailed in this report represents a comprehensive and high-quality design intent. A carefully considered set of typologies gives individual character to buildings whilst maintaining a common underlying architectural rhythm.

"The varied material selection and massing of blocks responds to its context and creates an interesting townscape of buildings. Focused around the historic canal corridor the proposal provides a series of generous public and community spaces which include squares, gardens and children’s play-space.

"Improved cross site permeability and pedestrian links connect to the broader community and embed the proposal into its context at the heart of Eastside.

"An emphasis on delivering high quality homes and spaces to meet community needs, a concern for environmental impact and a vision to reconnect has resulted in a welcoming place to visit, live and enjoy."

Source: Insider Media

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