Developers reveal apartments plan for Birmingham canal wharf

Site of the proposed development

A new apartment scheme is set to be constructed on part of Birmingham’s former canal wharf.

Developer Inland has submitted plans to the city council for 87 apartments at Sherborne Wharf, off Sherborne Street.

The plans proposes the demolition of existing buildings on the site, with the exception of Psonex House, and their replacement with two new buildings, which along with the retention and change of use for Psonex House, would provide for the new accommodation.

The two new blocks would range in height between three and 10 storeys, while Psonex House would be retained at two storeys.

The tallest 10-storey element would be positioned to the north western corner of the site, closest to the canal, before reducing to six storeys and three storeys towards the central/eastern part of the site. The second block would be positioned to the south west of the site, to the north of 1 Sherborne Gate. It would range in height between three and four storeys.

The development would comprise 30 one-bed apartments at 50 sqm (35%), 55 two-bed apartments between 61- 70+ sqm (63%) and two three-bed apartments (2%).

Hard and soft landscaping, much of which would be publicly accessible, is also included, as are 54 car parking spaces within a basement area.

The application site was formerly used for the storage and the repair and maintenance of boats. It was previously occupied by the Canal and Rivers Trust but has become surplus to the organisation’s needs.

A report to Thursday’s Birmingham planning committee states: “The proposal would result in a sensitive and well-designed, well-articulated development which would provide an acceptable living environment.”

The plan has been recommended for approval subject to a Section 106 agreement requiring the developer to contribute £326,250 towards the provision of a bridge link to Canal Square or affordable housing.