Cole Waterhouse unveils £260m vision for Birmingham regeneration

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A new hotel, hundreds of apartments and a skypark are all planned as part of a major new £260 million regeneration scheme in Birmingham city centre.

Cole Waterhouse, a developer and investor with offices in Manchester and London, has lodged plans with Birmingham City Council to build almost 6,000 sq ft of commercial and creative space and more than 900 apartments for sale and rent in Digbeth.

It is also seeking permission to develop a 133-bedroom hotel overlooking a proposed skypark on Duddeston Viaduct and a new public area called ‘Pump House Park’, named after the former Victorian Pump House.

It will be the inspiration for a new piece of industrial art by West Midlands artist Tim Tolkien, famous for the Spitfire sculpture on a traffic island near the Jaguar factory in Castle Bromwich.

The development site was bought by Cole Waterhouse last year from five separate landowners and has expanded since that original land deal so it now covers more than five acres, bordered by Upper Trinity Street and Adderley Street.

Chief executive Damian Flood said: “We are committed to delivering 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 while we move through the planning process and await a decision.”

Planning consultancy Barton Willmore is working with Cole Waterhouse on the project.

Antony Harding, planning associate in the firm’s Birmingham office, added: “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 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.”

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