Plans unveiled for new city centre apartment complex

New designs have been unveiled showing how a proposed city centre apartment complex will look.

The CGIs (below) have been revealed as plans are submitted to Birmingham City Council to build the new scheme on a car park in the Southside district near the Hippodrome theatre.

Called ‘Timber Yard’ as a nod to the area’s historically usage, it will contain 379 apartments, from studios to three-bedroom units, parking and ground floor commercial space on a car park at the corner of Hurst Street and Skinner Lane.

The development, designed by London-based Claridge Architects, will also include a large landscaped courtyard garden for residents, concierge service, sheltered bicycle storage and access to landscaped pocket parks.

A joint venture between Galliard Homes and Apsley House Capital is leading the project on the Gooch Estate which retains freehold ownership of the site.

CGI of how apartments will look from Pershore Street

The Gooch family started to develop the area in the late 18th century.

The first 99-year lease agreements for the newly built properties on Lower Hurst Street date from 1834 and the area evolved into a dense mix of three-storey shops and factories, including a timber and scrap metal yard, as well as plywood and aluminium works.

By 1970, most of the shops and factories had been demolished and car parking had been introduced.

The joint venture development team is also behind plans to build around 800 homes at the Soho Loop site near City Hospital and Edgbaston Reservoir.

Robin Norstorm, director of Apsley House Capital, said: “The Timber Yard development promises to revitalise this area of the city centre, bringing high-quality residential units for young professionals in what will be an exceptional development.

The 'Timber Yard' will have a landscaped courtyard
The ‘Timber Yard’ will have a landscaped courtyard

“We’re very much looking forward to delivering this new scheme as part of our growing Birmingham portfolio.”

Stephen Conway, executive chairman of Galliard Homes, added: “We’re pleased to be entering into a further joint venture scheme in Birmingham with Apsley House Capital.

“The city offers great growth potential and has a lively cultural scene that we will promote and instil in our developments. The Timber Yard will be no exception.”

Charles Gillett, from property consultancy Pennycuick Collins which advised the Gooch Estate, said: “The Gooch Estate is hugely excited by the proposed scheme in the heart of Southside.

How the new apartments are set to look
How the new apartments are set to look

“It will add much-needed high quality living space and more life and vibrancy to the area’s streets.”

Property consultancy Knight Frank is working with the developers on the application.

Birmingham-based partner Will Jordan said: “These are really exciting times for the area of the city which is constantly evolving.

“Being so well located to New Street, Arena Central and Paradise, and with the huge potential of Smithfield, it will transform the landscape even further.”


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