Broad Street’s tallest building gets the go-ahead

Birmingham City Council has approved plans for 90-97 Broad Street, which will become the street’s tallest building at 145m.

The 47-storey tower designed by Glancy Nicholls and developed by Regal Property Group, will feature 525 apartments, with a mix of 229 one-beds and 296 two-beds.

A £1m public pocket park forms part of a Section 106 agreement, which also means the developer must class 21 homes (4%) as ‘affordable’. Planners have taken into consideration that the park will “provide wider public benefit” as well as Community Infrastructure Levy.

1,340 sq m of private amenity space will incorporate co-working spaces, gym & yoga facilities, cinema room, private dining, events room, arcade games room, nursery/crèche, and what will be the highest sky lounge in the city.

Noise must be managed from Broad Street, through the closure of amenity vents between the hours of 11pm and 5am.

Mark Holbeche, CEO of Regal Property Group said: “We welcome the decision by the city council’s planning committee today to allow us to bring forward this exciting building for the city. 90-97 Broad Street is a design-led, super prime Build To Rent scheme that delivers 525 much needed new homes to rent in the heart of central Birmingham. The development when complete will be the safest, most technologically advanced and sustainable residential project in its class.

“We are continuing with our vision of developing landmark projects across the city, having already delivered 1,000 residential units at landmark schemes such as at The Bank on Broad Street and South Central in Chinatown. The decision today also supports the continued supply of a true mix of residential products for Birmingham and adds a unique landmark to the ever-growing Broad Street skyscraper cluster.”

Adam McPartland, director at Glancy Nicholls, said: “Designed to physically open out onto the street below, the concept for this building started with place-making within the urban realm, with thoughts around lively amenity space spilling out onto an urban pocket park adjacent to the metro stop.

“This pocket park is a key part of experience offering pause to Broad Street’s bustle, much needed habitat and sustainable drainage opportunities and forging the key access point for a new connection from Broad Street into Ladywood”.

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