Octagon scheme designed by Glenn Howells part of developer’s Paradise development

Developer Argent has been given the green light by Birmingham planners for a 49-storey residential tower at its Paradise scheme in the city.

Designed by local practice Glenn Howells Architects, the 155m tall build to rent development is called Octagon because of its shape and will be one of the tallest in a glut of towers planned for the city.

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The scheme has earned its Octagon name because of its shape

The tallest will be a 61-storey block at 100 Broad Street by another local firm Glancy Nicholls, which is also behind a 51-storey scheme at One Eastside.

Octagon will feature 370 build-to-rent homes across a mix of one, two and three bedrooms and once built will be one of number to eclipse the current tallest residential scheme in the city, the 33-storey Bank development that was built by Wates.

The first two buildings of the £700m Paradise development were both office schemes. In all, Argent plans on building 10 buildings across the 2 million sq ft site, which will include offices, shops, bars, cafés, restaurants and a hotel.

Meanwhile, Glenn Howells has also been given the OK for a student accommodation scheme on Birmingham’s Dogpool Lane.

The £24m scheme is due to be completed for the 2023 student intake and is being developed by student developer specialist Alummo. It will be home to close to 170 students.

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