More than 700 student rooms will also be built on the proposed scheme near to the listed Myona Building

Birmingham City Council has approved plans for a new residential scheme for 546 new homes and 710 student rooms on a prominent brownfield site in Birmingham’s Digbeth Quarter.  

Last Thursday a planning committee unanimously approved detailed plans submitted by Birmingham-based developer Sama Investments.

Central Square South

Plans for Central Square South of the Garrison Circus development in Birmingham

The scheme, known as Garrison Circus in Bordesley Green, will include a tower of 37-storeys on the corner of Great Barr Street and Watery Lane Middleway. 

The development, which has been designed by tp bennett architects, will include four blocks of student housing for nearby Aston University and Birmingham City University.

The proposal includes new outdoor courtyards, shops, arts community spaces, pocket parks, pedestrianised streets and biodiverse gardens.

The listed Myona building, which has historic links to Jacobs Biscuits, will be retained and restored, as part of the development.

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Paul Casola, Lead Project Manager at Sama Investments, said: “Garrison Circus will transform an under-utilised brownfield site to unlock a new gateway into Digbeth, whilst also supporting the wider regeneration of the area.” 

“Not only will we deliver much-needed new homes and support the vibrancy of nearby universities, but our plans offer street-level community uses and green space for existing residents in the area to enjoy.

“We’ve worked closely with Birmingham City Council and other partners to ensure this exciting project delivers true value for the area. 

View from Garrison Lane Park

View from Garrison Lane Park of the 37-storey tower at the Garrison Circus development

“We look forward to continuing our progress with the city and our partners to deliver Garrison Circus – and the wider regeneration of Digbeth – over the coming years, driving local growth, and creating hundreds of jobs in the process.”