Birmingham Net Zero Scheme Gets Green Light
The Curzon Wharf vision developed by Woodbourne Group has received planning approval by the Birmingham city council's planning committee after six years under development. It is planned to be a mixed use, net-zero development that will be composed of multiple high-rise buildings among green public space.
The 1 million square meter site is currently occupied by industrial units constructed in the 1960s. Since the scheme was first announced in 2021, the £360 million (US$354 million) waterfront ecosystem, it has been a closely watched development to see if it moves forward.
As part of the development, a 53-story residential building is proposed with 498 build-to-rent homes. The development will include nearly 130,000 square feet (12,077 square meters) of office, R&D and life science space, over 3,000 square feet (278 square meters) of retail units, over 15,000 square feet (1,393 square meters) of leisure space, over 76,424 square feet (7,100 square meters) of new and improved public realm, and 490 meters of new and improved walking and cycling routes.
The development will generate over 1,000 jobs, as calculated by planning specialists Turley and CBRE. The scheme is next to Aston University and Birmingham City University and is within an eight-minute walk of the new HS2 Curzon Street Station.
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