Main contractor revealed for £200m Birmingham skyscraper

HJRL Midgard has been confirmed as the main contractor of what will be Birmingham’s tallest skyscraper.

Approved in April 2021, One Eastside is a 51-storey skyscraper at more than 154m tall, comprising of 667 build-to-rent apartments built near the new HS2 station on Curzon Street.

Court Collaboration has already agreed a £200m forward funding partnership with Pension Insurance Corporation (PIC) to deliver the scheme which has been designed by Glancy Nicholls Architects.

One Eastside will be set across two buildings, with residential gardens and courtyard spaces, as well as a gym, cinema, and residents’ sky lounge on the 51st floor boasting incredible views across the city. It is the first scheme coming out of Court’s joint venture with Sir Tony Gallagher’s family office where he is funding all schemes.

MEP and sustainability consultancy Couch Perry Wilkes (CPW) has partnered with Court Collaboration to deliver One Eastside since 2018. The consultancy is delivering mechanical, engineering, and plumbing services, along with advising on sustainable approaches for the development.

The physical height of the building has also meant CPW has had to engage with the Civil Aviation Authority and Birmingham Airport to raise the height of the Instrument Flight Procedure (IFP) for the whole of Birmingham.

CPW associate director, Paul Titmus said: “The project has taken four years to reach this stage, so we are delighted to continue our involvement in the next stage of this landmark building’s development. One Eastside firmly puts CPW on the map and we’re really proud to be working alongside Court Collaboration to bring this vision to life.

“The development will have a hugely positive impact on the area and will remain a very visible addition to Birmingham’s skyline; it’s a testament to where the city is headed in the future.”

Formerly a chemical engineering teaching facility for Birmingham Metropolitan College, One Eastside is a landmark regeneration of a brownfield site vacant for many years and is just a stone’s throw away from Curzon Street station, part of the £1billion HS2 development, expected to complete in 2026.

The scheme is set to create more than 300 jobs, with plans for the creation of a student academy. This is intended to provide opportunities for hundreds of local students, including work placements and on-site course opportunities and experience, with the aim of improving their future employment prospects

A 46-month build programme is set to start on-site early in November.

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