Ryder’s 39-storey Birmingham tower approved despite heritage fears
Councillors have approved Ryder Architecture plans for a 39-storey tower in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter despite objections from heritage bodies
The scheme would create 'a unique high-quality living environment with a range of external and internal communal facilities for residents,' added the planning report to committee.
Ryder architectural director Gareth Callen said securing planning consent was a 'fantastic achievement'.
'This is a unique site and we really wanted to do it justice,' he said. 'The engagement process has been rewarding with multiple stakeholders, befitting the scale of development and this transitional site in the city. [This will be] a special place and design influenced by history and context. We look forward to moving forward together through technical and construction stages.'
Moda Living managing director Tony Brooks added: 'Great Charles Street will be a fantastic asset for Birmingham. Moda has a track record of adding value to communities and delivering a housing product that locals want. Working closely with Ryder Architecture, our team has designed a quality scheme reflecting the site's location as an area of transition between the Jewellery Quarter and Colmore Business District, respecting its location within the conservation area. We are looking forward to delivering this important, sustainable project."
Victorian Society conservation adviser Tim Bridges said the heritage body was very disappointed that consent had been granted for the Great Charles Street tower.
He said: 'It will dominate the townscape and several listed buildings and, together with the recently constructed towers at Snow Hill, have a further negative impact on the setting of the Grade II*-listed St Chad's Cathedral.
'This is one of many such applications for tall buildings in and around the historic city centre to which the society is opposed.
'We consider the cumulative effect of these developments completed, under construction and proposed to be highly damaging to the townscape of Birmingham city centre.'
Work is expected to start on site next year.
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