Planning permission has been approved for Rockspring Property Investment Managers LLP to construct what will be the tallest building in Birmingham.Rockspring will be working with Sterling, whose construction director Peter Graham said: “We can now move this project off the drawing board and on to site, replacing an outdated, inefficient building with a modern, landmark office development that Birmingham can be proud of.”It will be built on the site of the 22-floor NatWest Tower at 103 Colmore Row, which was erected in the 1970s, and has been unoccupied since 2003. The new structure will be 105 metres tall, eclipsing the nearby BT Tower. There will be 196,000 sq ft of office space provided across 19 storeys.The overall design, created by Doone Silver Architects, is based around steel supports with large glass panels, providing dramatic views of England’s second city in a modern atmosphere.The plans include provision for a winter garden, and a ground-floor cafe facing Colmore Street. There will also be a restaurant on the top floor with 8,600 sq ft of floor space and 360-degree views of the surroundings.Construction is scheduled to begin in the summer of next year, and is expected to create 500 jobs in Birmingham.However, demolition workers have been working since July to remove the existing structure’s outer cladding, and are now putting up scaffolding to begin taking down the concrete building in a safe and controlled manner. The process is set to take about a year.Eric Linden said: "We have been encouraged by the support for our plans for this landmark development, from the people of Birmingham and potential occupiers, as well as from the City Council and other stakeholders.“Rockspring is pleased to be playing such a significant role in the improvement of this prime area of Birmingham, a city we view as a strengthening target for regional investment in the UK and where there is significant demand for quality, modern office space.” The project is slated for completion by the end of 2018.
Permission granted for Birmingham’s tallest building
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