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New Birmingham skyscraper plans unveiled

New Birmingham skyscraper plans unveiled

Plans have been unveiled for a new residential skyscraper in Birmingham, which will be built after the part-demolition of the Smallbrook Queensway Building.

Developer CEG wants to construct a 26-storey tower at the site, which is currently occupied by the 1960s curved building as it follows the line of the road between new Street and Hurst Street.

The plans would see a space cleared from the current building and as well as the new tower, a nine-storey structure connected to it would also include new apartments, with over 300 units being created in total.

In addition, there will be shops, roof terraces, underground parking and re-cladding of what remains of the existing building, which will provide 161,500 sq ft of office space.

Development manager at CEG Iain MacSween said: "Smallbrook Queensway (SBQ) is ideally positioned to benefit from investment into comprehensive regeneration.

"The current SBQ buildings are well past their prime and have a negative impact on the character, appearance and environmental quality of Smallbrook Queensway."

Residents would be located in the heart of the city centre, with New Street railway station and the Birmingham Hippodrome both being very close at hand.

The development is the latest of many new apartment projects in the city centre, with several of them adding to Birmingham's already numerous cluster of tall buildings. The loftiest of these is the 10 Holloway Circus tower at 130 m (427 ft).

Other projects in the offing include the Left Bank scheme on Broad Street. Last week saw Wates Construction being awarded the £20 million contract to build the 22-storey tower, which will feature 189 luxury apartments. This development has been funded by Regal and West Point and will also include a new hotel, for which a contractor has not yet been appointed.

Wates is also working on several other projects in Birmingham, including Eastside Park and the Two Snowhill development.

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