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Major apartment plan revealed for Birmingham district

Major apartment plan revealed for Birmingham district

An area of central Birmingham is set for another 500 apartments after Chinese developers Prosperous Global China (PGC) unveiled plans for a 25-storey tower.

Named Lunar Rise, the proposed tower will be located on the former Renault site on High Street in Digbeth, on the south-eastern edge of the city centre. 

It is the second plan to be devised for the site this year, after the London-based Architects of Invention unveiled the “Hanging Gardens of Digbeth” design, an upturned crescent-shaped building with steps being topped with plants and trees. However, the latest design is much more conventional.

PGC has already been involved in the central Birmingham apartment market, having invested in the 77-bed Jewel Quarter apartment development in the Jewellery Quarter.

The new development would consist of 263 one-bedroom apartments, 252 with two bedrooms and two with three bedrooms. If planning permission is granted, the construction work could start as soon as early next year.

It is the latest development in the ongoing revival of central Birmingham as a residential district. Like other city centres, the number of apartments has soared from a tiny number to thousands over the last couple of decades, with much of the focus being right in the heart of the city around its canals. 

Subsequently, new development has expanded into areas around the edge of the city centre, such as Digbeth. A largely industrial area for many years and home to the city's coach station, its location on the east side has brought it within the scope of one of the Big City Plan's key priorities; the redevelopment of the eastern side of central Birmingham. Over the years to come, this will include the building of the HS2 hub at Curzon Street, along with more apartments in the vicinity.  

Other apartment developments have taken place beyond the city centre. Earlier this month, it was announced that a new build-to-rent project will be constructed on land owned by Warwickshire County Cricket Club adjacent to its Edgbaston home.

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