Council officials have unanimously approved plans for the 25-storey BLOC Grand Central. Its construction will help realise Birmingham City Council’s vision of making the Southside district a vibrant and attractive destination for visitors.
The building will contain 238 rooms and feature a double height entrance lobby and cafe restaurant which will enliven the base of the building and make it an attractive destination.
The Council’s Planning Committee Report praised the development: “The scheme is of the highest quality in terms of architectural form, detail and material. In particular, the facade and top of the building are well considered.”
The design has also been ‘commended’ by national architectural watchdog CABE.
Cllr Tahir Ali, the Cabinet Member for Development, Transport and the Economy, said: “The whole area cries out for redevelopment and I think this will act as a catalyst.” While Cllr Dr Barry Henley praised the building as a “tall, elegantly, beautiful designed building”, concluding: “It will be a welcome addition to the city.”
Glenn Howells, of Glenn Howells Architects, said: “We are delighted to be working with fellow Birmingham-based company BLOC Hotels on a bespoke building for the heart of the city. The building is situated at an important gateway site within Birmingham City Centre and offers the opportunity to define a benchmark for the future regeneration of this part of the city.”