Plans revealed for new 400-apartment complex

How the apartments complex could look

More than 400 new apartments are planned for the site of former warehousing in Birmingham’s historic Gun Quarter.

Developers Berkeley and St Joseph has submitted plans to Birmingham City Council for the new development, which would occupy the site of the FGF warehouses in Shadwell Street.

The scheme, dubbed Snow Hill Wharf – partly because it backs on to the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal, would see the demolition of the warehousing and their replacement with five residential blocks, ranging from three to 21-storeys, encompassing 404 one, two and three-bedroom apartments.

The tower aspect of the scheme would be around 65m high.

The development would also provide 1,770sqm of private open space and 2,483sqm of communal gardens. There would also be a residents lounge, a large gym and parking space for 147 cars.

The developer has pledged that the scheme will support the council’s goal of achieving an energy efficient, low-carbon, sustainable development that will enhance this part of the city centre.

The developer said the scheme represented an opportunity to “redevelop this low quality industrial site in order to improve the local environment, provide much needed high quality city centre housing and kickstart the regeneration of (the) historic Gun Quarter”.

The Gun Quarter is identified as an area of regeneration within Birmingham’s Big City Masterplan.

The plans come just a week after developers unveiled proposals for a massive new student accommodation complex close to Lancaster Circus – just a stone’s throw away from the site of the latest scheme.

How the apartment scheme could look