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Birmingham set for tallest residential building

Birmingham set for tallest residential building

A planning application has been submitted for what will be the tallest residential building in Birmingham. 

Build-to-rent developer Moda Living is planning to construct 212 Broad Street, a 440 ft high tower that will feature 481 apartments, located on the western side of the city centre in its main nightlife district.

Rising to 42 storeys, the top 39 levels will be residential and the bottom three will contain 35,000 sq ft of leisure, retail and commercial space. 

Among its features will be a 200 m running track for exclusive use by residents, who will also enjoy services such as a 24-hour concierge, free wi-fi, a gym and a dining club complete with demonstration kitchen. 

Commenting on the development when details were first published in June, planning director at Moda James Blakey said: "212 Broad Street presents an exciting opportunity to significantly enhance the local environment, offering fantastic new work and leisure space, alongside homes to nurture a genuine long-term community that can help support the city’s growing workforce."

If it gets the green light, the new tower will be only the third building to be classed as a skyscraper in Birmingham - with the minimum height required to meet this definition being 100 m (328 ft) - although the city has many more towers over 200 ft. Its tallest structure, the 152 m Telecom Tower, is not classed as a skyscraper because it is not habitable. 

Moda Living has already invested in a number of high-rise schemes in other cities, recently gaining planning permission for the Angel Gardens scheme in Manchester, which includes one skyscraper as part of a development of more than 700 apartments. 

Its other schemes include the Lexington in Liverpool, Quarry Hill in Leeds, Sky Gardens in London, City One in Leeds, Holland Park in Glasgow and Fountainbridge in Edinburgh, with a total of 6,000 apartments either built or in the pipeline.

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