Plans replace scrapped scheme that would have been almost twice as high

A revised build-to-rent scheme in Birmingham has been given the green light.

Glancy Nicholls - 100 Broad Street - Birmingham tower - CGI

Source: Glancy Nicholls Architects

Glancy Nicholls consented design for 100 Broad Street which was scrapped

Urban Vision’s 33-storey scheme at 100 Broad Street has been approved by Birmingham councillors, after an earlier scheme nearly twice as high became unviable.

The 33-storey scheme at 100 Broad Street, designed by architect Howells, is a smaller version of a 61-storey tower approved in 2019.

The former Glancy Nicholls-designed plans were drawn up for Euro Property Investments Ltd but later became unviable due to the size of the 193m scheme.

The new plans, approved by Birmingham council last week, will provide 294 build-to rent apartments, affordable homes, office space and ground floor retail.

The building takes the form of a sequence of blocks stepping up in height from nine storeys to a 33-storey central tower.

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Birmingham’s planning officers said the scheme was a “high quality” development that would complement surrounding buildings in a gateway location. 

The original 2019 plans would have been Birmingham’s tallest building if built. The site is within an emerging cluster of tall buildings which already includes the practice’s’ two 33-storey Bank towers.