Cole Waterhouse submits plans for mixed-use scheme in Birmingham, UK

WCN Editorial Team 17 Apr 2020 EUROPE BUILDINGS

UK-based property developer Cole Waterhouse has submitted a full planning application to Birmingham City Council for the 5.11-acre site at Upper Trinity Street in Digbeth, Birmingham.

The proposed site will include Skypark, a nearly 6,000ft² building of mixed, creative, retail, leisure and workspace along with more than 900 new homes with a mix of private sale and build-to-rent apartments.

The development also includes a 133-bedroom hotel that will occupy a key location overlooking the proposed Skypark on Duddeston Viaduct and a new public park called ‘Pump House Park’, named after the former Victorian Pump House.

Cole Waterhouse claims to have been working with Birmingham City Council, neighbouring landowners and planning consultancy Barton Wilmore to bring its vision for Upper Trinity Street.

Cole Waterhouse CEO Damian Flood said: “We are committed to delivering a high-quality design which enhances the surrounding environment and community.

“Our vision is to create a new neighbourhood right in the heart of Digbeth and neighbourhoods need communities, culture and connectivity to thrive and prosper so this has been a driving factor in the development of our plans.

“We’ve worked really hard to involve the local community as much as we possibly can and look forward to this next stage of the process. Now that the planning application has been made we will be moving into the funding phase of the project whilst we move through the planning process and await a decision.”

The property developer is also working with other Digbeth stakeholders for a joint approach for shaping the area’s future. The company claims that the collaboration can help in creating an attractive neighbourhood to live and work in.

The proposed Skypark is expected to unlock a forgotten area of Digbeth and connect it to the rest of Birmingham.

Barton Wilmore planning associate Antony Harding said: “This is an important scheme in Digbeth’s continuing evolution. It’s a site which has largely been forgotten about and unloved for decades.

“Strategically the scheme is vital as it expands Digbeth’s cultural provision beyond Lower Trinity Street, which is known for the wonderful Digbeth Dining Club, out further beyond to the edge of Bordesley.

“The residential element within Digbeth is much needed and goes some way to start positively creating communities again and addressing the impact made by the mass building clearance within Digbeth in the 1960s.”


Artist’s rendering of Cole Waterhouse’s proposed project. (Credit: Cole Waterhouse.)

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