Second tallest skyscraper for Birmingham gains approval

Plans to construct a skyscraper that will be the second tallest on the Birmingham skyline have received the green light.

The site for the £160m project is the former university and college campus, located at James Watt Queensway and Jennens Road. Dubbed One Eastside, the 51-storey complex will also feature a pavilion building and a 15-to-16-level tower making the skyscraper taller than Birmingham’s BT tower.

Despite its height, it will remain the city’s second tallest structure after construction as plans are also in the works for an even taller building for Birmingham, Broad Street 100.

The new residential tower block will present 667 individual apartments, 20 of which are allocated for affordable housing. Its luxury communal facilities will include a cinema room, gym, café, and residents’ lounge. Additionally, a bar and private restaurant will be situated on the rooftop.

While no formal objection has not been raised, Historic England have expressed concerns for the city’s notable architecture commenting that visual assessment contained in the plans was “insufficient.” However, a report received by the planning committee for Birmingham City Council states officers found no reason why the comments should change the recommendation for approval.

Architects in Chester, Birmingham and other UK cities must consider the heritage and aesthetics of the area when designing, to ensure smooth progress through the planning permission stage of building projects.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, an online meeting was held by the planning committee when it considered and approved the application.

Posted by Mark
April 28, 2020
New Buildings

No Comments »

No comments yet.

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URL

Leave a comment