St Joseph’s vision for this site is to transform a hidden gem of Birmingham’s industrial heritage, creating a distinctive and well-connected canalside setting.
Focused around the canal basin, the development provides a series of open spaces which includes squares, gardens and walkways. Improved permeability and new pedestrian links connect to the broader community and existing towpath network, all helping to embed the development into the heart of Eastside.
At the north end, a 37-storey tower acts as a marker on a key approach into the city. To the east of the canal and alongside the Middleway, there is a collection of ‘wharf’ buildings with a factory-like roofscape and balconies. To the west and responding to its immediate neighbour, the Belmont Works, a red brick form, is sculpted from a triangular ‘street’ block with signature saw-tooth roofs.
Glenn Howells Architects, Director, Dav Bansal said: “This project presents a transformational opportunity to create a new canalside neighbourhood and city gateway to the future Curzon Masterplan and HS2 Terminus. The contrasting buildings and thoughtfully designed apartments, will provide good natural light, generous outlook and spacious living. The family of buildings are underpinned by a robust façade module, promoting its ‘factory’ proportions and good levels of natural light into the apartments. The urban blocks define the new edges to the basin and their scale confidently address the key views and approaches.
St Joseph, Managing Director, Ashley Kensington said: “With planning approved subject to the signing of a S106 Agreement by Birmingham City Council, St Joseph looks forward to continuing the work with all stakeholders and delivering this fantastic site.”