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Former baths site set to become flats development

Former baths site set to become flats development

The site of a former swimming baths in the centre of Birmingham is set to be transformed into a new 500-unit apartment development.

A joint venture of Camborne Land Investments and Urban High Developments acquired the 2.2 acre Kent Street Baths site in March of this year from Benacre Properties. 

The baths were built in 1851 and rebuilt in 1930, but subsequently demolished in 2009, and since then the plot has been a prime location for development, which will contribute to the regeneration of the southside area. It lies close to the Birmingham Hippodrome and the Digbeth markets, with easy access from the south via the A38 and to the public transport network at the nearby New Street railway station and the adjacent Grand Central tram stop on the Midlands Metro. 

Commenting on the £100 million project, Investment director at the firm Conal Long remarked: "Our plans for a rental-led development at the former Kent Street Baths site continues the regeneration of Southside in Birmingham and will act as a gateway to the forthcoming transformational Smithfield development, whilst providing high quality housing that is both sustainable and accessible for modern living."

If planning permission is granted, construction should start in the summer of next year. When finished, 400 of the apartments will be for private rent and 100 for sale. 

The project is Camborne's first residential scheme in Britain, although it has more lined up in the near future that will, subject to various planning decisions, deliver 5,000 homes. 

Central Birmingham is set to have a number of major residential developments in the next few years, including some landmark skyscrapers.

Moda Living submitted a planning application in September for a 42-storey, 440 ft apartment tower on Broad Street that would contain 481 apartments. 

Since then, Nikal has announced it is drawing up revised plans for the Exchange Square scheme, which involve raising the number of apartments built in phase 2 of the project from 223 to 565. This would be achieved by building an even taller building than the one Moda Living plans, rising to 46 storeys.

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