Corstorphine + Wright was appointed by Cole Waterhouse for the design and delivery of Upper Trinity Street; a transformative development with a focus on place and people first.
The proposal is for a place-led cultural and residential response to the opportunity to enrich a key part of the city. This includes a range of event, work and creative spaces that reflect, retain and enhance the unique character and heritage of Digbeth. The lower levels of the development will offer creative, cultural and commercial space with the residential component located above within a series of taller building elements.
Over 900 new homes will be created in a mix of PRS and private sale, across a range of building types with tallest at 32 storeys at the north end of the site. Each block has its own visual identity with each type responding to the rugged, industrial context. A variety of resident’s amenity spaces are provided, as well as a series of interconnecting public spaces including a park, courtyards and promenade.
A hotel is provided overlooking the public Pump House Park; named after the former Victorian pump house, a vital piece of canal infrastructure and local history. The Park features dwell spaces and a large industrial art installation referencing the form of the original Pump House building.
The development aims to restore the urban edge to Upper Trinity Street, providing a legible cityscape for both pedestrians at street level, those walking along the future Sky Park and passengers arriving by train and tram.
Overall the scheme aims ‘to create a thriving creative and cultural hub with a high-quality, and easily accessible environment in Digbeth’ in line with the council’s emerging Digbeth Masterplan.