£106m residential scheme tops out in Birmingham

Benjamin Philips, Robin Norstrom, James Dickens, Gerard Noch and Grahame Whateley

Developer Wavensmere Homes has constructed the highest point of the £106m Belgrave Village project in Birmingham, 15 months after construction began.

Working with the Galliard Apsley Partnership, a joint venture between Galliard Homes and Apsley House Capital, 438 homes and apartments have been delivered and a topping-out ceremony was held to celebrate.

Set on the former Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College and Birmingham Sports Centre, which has been vacant for two decades, the 12-acre regeneration scheme has delivered the city’s first EPC-B-rated houses which are eligible for green mortgages.

Air source heat pumps, natural ventilation, low energy appliances, and EV car charging points, have been fitted to combat residents’ carbon footprint and lower their household bills.

Designed by Franklin Ellis Architects, the development ascends to 11 storeys with views of Birmingham and its suburbs.

Craig Gee, construction director for Wavensmere Homes, said: “Belgrave Village is one of the most active regeneration sites in central Birmingham, as we have between 200-250 construction professionals working on-site five days per week. We were thrilled to hand over the keys to the first residents during the summer, and now our project team has been able to celebrate reaching the highest point of the development. The topping-out ceremony took place on the roof of Block B, which stands 38 metres high.

“Thank you to the skill and dedication of our entire project team and supply chain for working with us to deliver this complex development. All 174 two-, three- and four-bedroom houses and 238 one- and two-bedroom apartments, residents’ amenities, and over six acres of public open space, will be completed during spring 2025.”

Cllr John Cotton, Leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “Constructing homes on vacant brownfield land is critical to delivering the 4,000 homes per year that are needed across Birmingham to fulfil our city’s housing needs. Belgrave Village is an exemplary gas-free development where there are not only stylish apartments with city views but also a wide range of houses, enabling families to reap the benefits of living in this convenient location. Thank you to Wavensmere Homes and Galliard Homes for the opportunity to meet the project team and appreciate the vistas from the highest point.”

Gerard Nock, Chairman at Apsley House Capital, said: “Belgrave Village is raising the bar for housing in this part of the city. We’re delighted to be working with Wavensmere Homes on this exemplary scheme. We understand the challenges faced by Birmingham City Council to deliver the new homes needed for the city and together with our joint venture partners we’re proud to be playing our part in helping the Council achieve its goals.”

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