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Hodder wins planning for 322-home Birmingham tower scheme

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Hodder + Partners has won the go-ahead for this 322-flat, high-rise development next to Richard Seifert’s grade II-listed Alpha Tower in Birmingham

The scheme within the Arena Central masterplan features two blocks of 18 and 23 storeys sitting above two levels of car parking and a floor of shops.

Eric Kuhne’s had previously proposed a 50-storey tower, known as the V building, for the site which would have housed 600 apartments and a rooftop ‘sky bar’ and observatory (see AJ 15.03.07).

According to RIBA president Stephen Hodder’s practice, the latest designs ‘seek to enhance the setting of the listed building, responding to the angled geometry of the site by creating two blocks pivoting around a core’.

‘The building utilises concrete construction, with two contrasting shades of concrete defining the inner and outer layers of the façade, to carve balconies into the façade and respond to the largely commercial context.’

The scheme is backed by Birmingham One, part of Isle of Man-based property group Dandara. Work on site is expected to start later this year.

Arena Central (Birmingham) tower by Hodder + Partners (approved March 2015)

Project data:

Client: One Birmingham
Architect: Hodder + Partners
Landscape Architect: Define
Structural Engineer: ARUP
M+E Engineer: March Consultants
Planning Consultant: CBRE
CGIs: Virtual Resolution
Physical Model: Creative Service Industries

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