Woodbourne reveals masterplan for world’s first carbon neutral skyscraper in Birmingham, UK

WCN Editorial Team 16 Mar 2021 EUROPE BUILDINGS

Woodbourne Group has revealed the masterplan for the world’s first carbon neutral skyscraper in Birmingham, the UK.

Within eight minutes walking distance from HS2 Curzon Street Station, the waterfront ecosystem will be called Curzon Wharf. The nearly 1,000,000 sq ft masterplan development is expected to create over 1,000 jobs and raise Birmingham’s economy by at least £151m.

Upon completion, developer Woodbourne foresees it to be a “truly transformative urban neighbourhood”.

Woodbourne Group chief executive Tani Dulay said: “Curzon Wharf isn’t just a development, it’s a manifesto that will position Birmingham as UK’s leading smart and sustainable city, helping to pave the way for the UK’s Green Revolution. It reinforces Birmingham position as the UK’s second city.

“It will act as a catalyst for the wider transformation of the Eastside area, where a number of masterplans have been earmarked which otherwise would not be possible. It signposts Birmingham’s route to delivering transformational change to the city.”

West Midlands Mayor Andy Street, one of the senior civic leaders to welcome the grand project, said: “This is an incredibly exciting plan, with the potential to create more than 1,000 jobs at what will be a critical time for our region’s economy as we recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

“It is brilliant to see how innovative the masterplan is, not only through being net-zero and contributing towards our #WM2041 goal, but also with the life sciences element which will help create a number of high-skilled, well-paid jobs in a key industry of the future, building on the recent investment at the life sciences site in Selly Oak. I will support Tani and his team at Woodbourne Group as best I can as Mayor to get this scheme moving.”

Leader of Birmingham City Council, Counsellor Ian Ward, said: “We’ve shown with the recent launch of Our Future City Plan consultation that Birmingham has the ambition and vision to become a more resilient, sustainable and inclusive city and Curzon Wharf shows our determination to turn vision into reality.”

The 993,046 sq ft city centre site, which is currently occupied by industrial units constructed in the 1960s, will soon be home to new residential, office, retail, leisure, and R&D and life sciences spaces.

The built-to-rent skyscraper will be 53 storeys tall or 172m, making it Birmingham’s tallest building.

Dulay stated: “Curzon Wharf will provide a sustainable, mixed-use space incorporating high quality accommodation providing up to 732 student flats, 265 residential co-living units with generous amenity space and up to 498 residential units. We are creating a balance of new uses that never been seen in Birmingham before with a major area of new, high quality public realm to create a unique canalside environment with its own recognisable identity.

“This will be the first development on this major scale to respond to the issues raised by Covid-19 and Birmingham’s newly launched high-rise green vision: Central Birmingham 2040.”

The site is located south of Dartmouth Circus on the A38 Aston Expressway, the northern entry to Birmingham.

Commercial property agents CBRE and planning and development consultants Turley have estimated that Curzon Wharf will bring in £2m a year in council tax and business rates, while also attracting a New Homes Bonus of £4m.

The project was also given the green signal by environmental leaders.

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Within eight minutes walking distance from HS2 Curzon Street Station, the waterfront ecosystem will be called Curzon Wharf. Credit: Gabriel McCallin/Unsplash.

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