Plans for Birmingham resi block get green light

Sama Investment Group has secured planning permission to construct an 85-unit canalside residential block on a brownfield site in the heart of Birmingham.

The multi-million pound project, next to one of the West Midland’s main waterways and within walking distance of major transport hubs, is expected to be completed in 2026.

The ‘Brickworks Canalside’ development, fronting onto Watery Lane Middleway and Bolton Street, will see the construction of an eight-story building comprising three-bed, 33 two-bed, and 45 one-bed units.

Sama’s new residential complex includes multiple communal features, such as a communal social space, a communal gym, and cycle storage for 144 bicycles onsite. There are also provisions for communal office space, with 38 sq m of hot-desking included in the plans.

Bilal Ahmed, co-founder and chairman of Sama Investment Group, said: “We are seeking to breathe life into one of the most underused sites in Birmingham City Centre. Our approved “Brickworks Canalside” scheme on Watery Lane Middleway means we can resurrect this derelict plot of land with much-needed new homes in a modern, communally friendly building. We hope it will also encourage more activity along this historic section of the Grand Union Canal.”

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