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New Birmingham skyscraper plans unveiled

New Birmingham skyscraper plans unveiled

Initial plans for what would be the tallest residential building in Birmingham have been produced by Manchester-based developer Nikal.

Having already begun Phase 1 of the Exchange Square scheme, including a 27-storey apartment block, the company is now seeking to increase the size of Phase 2. 

At present, planning permission is in place for 223 apartments, but Nikal wants to increase this to 565 with a huge new apartment tower. While one part will only be seven storeys high, it wants the main tower to rise to 46 storeys. 

The plans have not yet been finalised and submitted, but features of the new skyscraper would include a rooftop lounge and garden, providing a panoramic view across the urban landscape. 

Outlining the vision for the tower, Nikal managing director Nick Payne, said: "Our thinking around the revised proposals for Phase 2 Exchange Square are inspired by a desire to produce a truly landmark building that will announce to those travelling by HS2 that they have arrived in 'Britain’s second city'."

He explained that the location of the square overlooking the forthcoming HS2 station at Curzon Street will help ensure that those arriving by the high speed train encounter "a dramatic and architecturally stunning structure that will eclipse the tall buildings that are already being produced in other major cities, such as Manchester".

The developer will be fully aware of the developments taking place in its home city, where the current tallest building, the Beetham Tower, will be down to second when Owen Street Tower A is completed next year. That structure will in turn be usurped as Manchester's tallest when the loftiest of the 'Vertical Village' towers in the St John's area of the city is completed in 2022. 

Birmingham is now staging its own race to the sky, described by Mr Payne as an "exciting transformation". 

Last month, Build-to-rent developer Moda Living submitted a planning application for a 42-storey tower on Broad Street, which would be 440 ft tall and contain 481 apartments. This would make it the tallest residential building in Birmingham, second only overall to the uninhabited 498 ft Telecom Tower. 

The exact height of Nikal's planned skyscraper is not yet known.

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