Downtown plans away from offices for Five Ways

The Birmingham Post has reported on the likely planning approval for the redevelopment of Metropolitan House to provide 182 flats and the construction of a new block adjacent to it and Tricorn House for a hotel or student flats, Metropolitan House plans set to be given green light.  The plans have now been approved subject to conditions.

Hybrid Planning application (part full, part outline) comprising:- 1) Full planning application for the change of use and rooftop extension to the existing Metropolitan House building to provide 182 residential flats with the option for A1-A5, D1-D2 or a car showroom use at the Street/Podium level of the existing tower. 2) Outline planning application with all matters reserved for a new building to provide up to 12,500sqm of either hotel or student accommodation with the option for A1-A5, D1-D2 or a car showroom use at the Street/Podium level of the proposed building.

The redevelopment, which replaced an earlier application from February that was withdrawn in April (Birmingham city centre tower block development withdrawn). will see the 20 storey block designed by John Madin refurbished to provide 182 flats including 20 in four new penthouse floors through the addition of a rooftop extension.

The proposed new block adjacent to Metropolitan House could see a 12,500 sq m hotel or student flats upto 14 storeys tall.

But now the Section 106 agreement includes 13 “affordable” apartments, a Public Open space contribution of £20,000, nearly £40,000 for public realm improvements in Ladywood Ward and £20,000 for public transport improvements, which equates to £770,790.

To complement the residential use of the 140,000 sq ft tower it is proposed that the lowest two floors could be used for a gym, restaurant, cafe or bar.

Current tenants at Metropolitan House include National Express.

Martin Payne, fund manager at Henderson Global Investors, said: “Although No 1 Hagley Road continues to provide economical office accommodation for current and potential tenants through a flexible leasing structure, we are aware of the changing needs of the business community and the local area.

“We want to ensure that the building will continue to be utilised to its best potential for many years to come. The proposals will not only give a viable long-term use to the building, but also generate the ability to greatly enhance the external appearance of this major landmark which sits in one of the key gateways to the city centre.”

Associated Architects have developed the plans and they add to the move from office to hotel and leisure at Five Ways with 12 storey Auchinleck House office block opposite receiving planning permission in January for redevelopment into a hotel and the site of the former Edgbaston Shopping Centre being transformed into a new Morrisons supermarket alongside five new retail units.

Images from the application are reproduced below and show the floor plans for flats, the min and max height of the adjacent block and it's impact on the skyline and surrounding area.


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