Developer submits plans for 34-storey Birmingham residential block

Nikal's development director Darren Jones on site at Exchange Square

The latest tall building that has been pencilled on to Birmingham’s skyline is to go before planners after Nikal submitted plans for the second phase of its Birmingham scheme at Exchange Square.

Its revised plans for the site are for a 34-storey residential tower, containing 375 apartments. This increases its ambitions after previously securing approval for buidings of up to 16 storeys.

The planning application comes days before the official groundbreaking of Moda Living’s 42-storey residential tower on Broad Street, which itself is next to Regal Property Group’s 33 and 21-storey towers which are nearing completion.

Elsewhere in the city St Joseph has plans for a 37-storey tower at Eastside Locks.

The latest designs for Exchange Square would also strengthen the residential offer in the Eastside area of Birmingham, which is home to a lot of development ahead of the planned arrival of HS2 in 2026.

Nikal has previously confirmed that residential landlord and private rented sector firm Grainger had agreed to forward fund and acquire the apartments.

Whitbread will also be involved, helping Nikal to develop a 223-bed Prenier Inn Hotel, as well as a 6,000 sq ft steakhouse, Bar + Block on the site.

Phase one of Exchange Square, which includes 600 apartments, is scheduled to be completed by the end of this year.