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Savills secures planning for habitable 'super slender' tower in Birmingham



Savills has announced that a habitable ‘super slender’ tower in Birmingham has been granted planning permission.

The 37-storey development — which measures at just 9.5m wide and 116.5m in height — will provide 264 serviced apartments and offer space for a restaurant, bar and gym.

Savills’ Birmingham-based planning team acted on behalf of Taylor Grange Developments for the project on Broad Street.

Earlier this month, planning was granted by unanimous decision at Birmingham City Council’s planning committee.

Both Transport House — the former home of the TGWU trade union — and 117-118 Tennant Street at the rear are to be demolished as part of the scheme.

The development is expected to be completed in 2021 and was designed by Birmingham-based Glancy Nicholls Architects.

“This was a very complex planning application due to the compact nature of the site with 100% site coverage, and its proximity to other existing and planned buildings,” said Paul Rouse, director and head of planning at Savills in Birmingham.

“The proposed building is within the setting of a number of listed buildings and two conservation areas.

“We had to address complex sunlight and overshadowing issues, wind microclimate impacts, solar glare impacts on metro and road vehicle drivers, and aerodrome safeguarding issues associated with flight path and radar of Birmingham Airport, among other more common planning issues.”

Paul added that the scheme would provide high quality accommodation, which would help further enhance the attractiveness of Birmingham as a “prime location to visit and work”.

“The super slender tower will contribute to a cluster of well-designed tall buildings that will enhance the Westside quarter of the city centre and raise the quality of this section of Broad Street.

“It will redevelop an underused, highly accessible city centre site with a high-density, mixed-use development, generating business rates and additional revenue for the area.”


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