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Major New Birmingham Scheme, Smallbrook Queensway, Receives Resolution to Grant Planning

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By Tony Mead – 1st November 2023

Corstorphine & Wright is delighted that SBQ 3, part of our Smallbrook Queensway transformation and revitalisation scheme, has received a resolution to grant planning permission from the Birmingham City Council planning committee.

The new iconic building for Birmingham, SBQ 3 is a 48-storey, residential led development on behalf of clients CEG . The development helps to meet the current needs of Birmingham’s city centre by providing new homes and activating an underutilised pavement level with mixed-use retail, commercial, and leisure spaces, along with extensive public realm areas.

The design of the new buildings takes inspiration from the existing architectural and design features of the current site while reflecting the city’s future ambitions in a contemporary development.

SBQ 3 is located at the eastern end of Smallbrook Queensway, adjacent to the Bullring Shopping Centre. The proposed development will offer a total of 571 Build to Rent (BTR) apartments, providing future residents with fully managed homes, 24-hour concierge services, a Level 45 residents sky lounge, and a multi-purpose amenity space and terrace midway up the tower, offering panoramic city views.

This development is expected to enhance the connectivity between the city centre and the entertainment district, as it creates three distinct blocks that encourage flow and reconnects two vibrant parts of the city. As well as being places to pass through, these new spaces will become part of the increasing number of people friendly public areas that are transforming the city centre.

In addition to detailed consent for SBQ 3, the planning application also sought approval on an outline basis for SBQ 1 and SBQ 2, which were also granted. SBQ 1 and SBQ 2 will be 44 and 56 stories respectively, paving the way for up to 1750 new homes across the entire scheme and a trio of striking landmark towers.

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