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Glenn Howells gets the go-ahead for Birmingham’s tallest resi tower

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Glenn Howells Architects has won planning permission for Birmingham’s tallest residential tower – a 42-storey skyscraper on Broad Street

The £183 million scheme development for private rented sector developer Moda Living will contain 481 apartments and feature a 200m outdoor running circuit. According to the AJ100 practice, the tower will act as an ‘important western marker for the city’ and has been described as a ‘new vertical village’.

Dubbed 2one2 Broad Street, the project opposite Argent’s Brindleyplace development also includes 3,200m² of offices, shops and leisure space and a ‘hotel-style lobby staffed by a 24-hour concierge service’.

Once built, the scheme will be higher than Birmingham’s 130m-tall part-hotel, part-housing 10 Holloway Circus skyscraper by Ian Simpson Architects, which completed in 2006. Birmingham’s tallest building overall will remain the 152m-high BT Tower.

The site, formerly Tramps nightclub, was snapped up in 2016 from Bloomcrest, a joint venture between Richardson Capital and Cordwell Property Group, spelling the end for previous proposals that featured a 30-storey tower.

Moda Living managing director Tony Brooks said: ‘Renters have been poorly served by the housing market and the aim of build-to-rent is to change that by providing everything people need – from workspace to wellbeing – with a mix of community, security and great service.

‘People are time-poor but [they] value experience, which is why we want to take the hassle out of city living through plug-and-play wi-fi, an integrated mobile app and a concierge who’s on hand to collect Amazon parcels to avoid those dreaded red cards from the postman.’

We want to take the hassle out of city living through plug-and-play wi-fi, an integrated mobile app and a concierge

Dav Bansal, director at Glenn Howells Architects, said: ‘Birmingham’s new addition to the skyline is an important western marker for the city. The simple composition with its elegant proportion creates a contemporary and confident design at a key intersection on Broad Street, helping to regenerate this important part of the city.

’The bronze metal veil over the composed façade of the tower sits on a welcoming podium that embraces high-quality retail, managed workspace, a cycle hub and the main entrance for the residents.’

Broad street glenn howells

Broad street glenn howells


Readers' comments (3)

  • A bold and interesting design. I particularly like the innovative use of a grid-pattern facade, cheap materials and the fact that it looks quite unlike the thousands of identikit sky scrapers that have gone up around world since c. 2000.

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  • Geoff Williams

    The danger of fire in high rise structures is always imminent although we like to think they are a rare occurrence. Fighting fire in congested City locations and fighting fires internally above 7 floors is a distinct hazard. Maintenance of the electrical supply is paramount. Experts in Germany maintain that up to 40% of fires Worldwide have an electrical cable origin. The use of a 2hour fire rated cable, preferably MICC, should be mandatory.

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  • I'm looking forward to the development of Glenn's house style.

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