Starbucks plan for underused Birmingham offices

The office building set to be demolished

Plans to bulldoze offices close to a major Birmingham road junction and replace them with a new Starbucks facility have been recommended for approval.

Deeley Properties and Starbucks Coffee Company (UK) want to demolish the offices at 8 Druids Lane, Kings Heath, close to the Maypole Island to free up space for the drive-through facility.

The former anchor tenant of the offices, Moss Construction, vacated the building six years ago, since when Deeley has been unable to secure a new tenant or sell the building due to low demand for office space in the area.

Only 10% of the building is now occupied and despite actively marketing the site for almost two years, no positive enquiries have been received.

The new coffee shop would include a drive-through facility, together with associated parking and landscaping.

The facility, which could create 10 full and 12 part-time jobs, would located on the eastern half of the site and front on to the Maypole roundabout, with the western part of the site retained as car parking area.

Proposed opening hours would be 0600-2300 Mondays to Saturdays, and 0800-2000 on Sundays and Bank Holidays.

It would be able to seat 60 customers at any one time.

The plans are set for approval at Thursday’s city planning committee.

A report to the meeting states: “The existing two storey office building is of no particular architectural merit and therefore (there are) no concerns regarding its proposed demolition.

“The proposed drive-thru building represents an economic investment into Maypole Neighbourhood Centre.  There would be no adverse impacts on traffic and highway safety, amenity of adjoining occupiers, existing trees or ecology.”