The transformation of Birmingham’s Southside is set to continue, after a new residential and commercial development at 73-75 Pershore Street has been granted planning permission by Birmingham City Council.

The development will involve the demolition of the old Leisure Box ice rink and bowling alley making way for the construction of an 11 storey building featuring 67 two bed and 269 one bed apartments, together with 3,397 sq ft of commercial space, and 70 car parking spaces.

Residents of the building will enjoy a series of purpose built amenity spaces provided on the upper ground floor, including courtyards and a south-facing terrace, whilst commercial tenants will benefit from large open plan ground floor units with active street frontages that flood the space with natural light.

Corstorphine + Wright was appointed to the project by Hallmark – BY Development Ltd.

Tony Mead, design director at Corstorphine + Wright’s Birmingham office said: “We are delighted that the project has got the green light.

“The site enjoys an ideal central location in an up and coming area of Birmingham that is enjoying a flurry of redevelopment. Southside is on the doorstep of Birmingham New Street and has a lively leisure and cultural offering, including the Hippodrome, Birmingham Royal Ballet and the Arcadian.

“Pershore Street is also part of the new Birmingham Smithfield Vision, launched by Birmingham City Council at MIPIM 2015, which spans 14 hectares of land and includes the relocation of the wholesale markets to new premises, along with retail markets, a Midlands metro line and the reintroduction and extension of Bromsgrove Street to improve links between the east side and the west side of the city.

“City planners appreciated the quality of the design for the Pershore Street development and its ability to enrich Southside and the Birmingham Smithfield Vision. As well as catering to the rising demand for rented living space in the area, it has the potential to attract a diverse mix of commercial occupiers from shops, cafés and bars to professional services.”

Construction is set to start on site on Pershore Street in December 2015 and the scheme will be completed by December 2017.

Corstorphine + Wright’s other iconic Birmingham commercial and residential schemes include 45 Church Street at the centre of the city’s Colmore Business District; the Orion building and the Sirius building, comprising luxury apartments, leisure and retail space opposite the Mailbox and 28 Lionel street, an apartment scheme at the heart of the historic Jewellery Quarter.

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