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Glenn Howells’ 25-storey Birmingham hotel gets the OK

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Birmingham City Council has given the nod to a 25-storey hotel designed by Glenn Howells Architects

Councillors unanimously approved the plans for the Grand Central Hotel in Hill Street, close to New Street Station.

Backed by Bloc Hotels, Glenn Howells’ plans for the 6,145m² development provide 238 rooms, a ground-floor restaurant and roof terrace. It is expected to create 40 jobs in the area. 

The plans also involve demolition of a six-storey 1960s office block, currently two-thirds vacant. 

The Grand Central scheme is part of an ongoing multimillion pound investment by the hotel chain in Birmingham city centre.

Glenn Howells, principal of Glenn Howells Architects, said: ‘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.’

Labour councillor Tahir Ali agreed that the project would ‘act as a catalyst’ for development in the area. 

Work is expected to start on site in summer 2017. 

View the planning application here

Project data

Location 32-34 Hill Street, Birmingham
Type of project Hotel
Client Bloc Hotels
Architect Glenn Howells Architects
Planning consultant Turley
Structural engineer engineersHRW
M&E consultant ESC
Quantity surveyor PMP Consultants
Start on site date Summer 2017
Gross internal floor area 6,145m²

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