The next phase of work on the Arena Central development in Birmingham city centre has been approved by planning chiefs.
5 Centenary Square will become the third office block to be built on the site in Broad Street following the headquarters of HSBC UK and the new home of HMRC’s regional hub which is nearing completion.
Birmingham City Council’s planning committee awarded consent to the ‘chequerboard’ building which has been designed by Make Architects.
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The plans were previously approved in 2019 but now have an extra storey of office space, bringing the total building to 264,000 sq ft, and extra space for plant machinery.
The new building will also have parking for 30 cars and 160 cycles.
The ten-storey building will sit next to the grade II-listed former Birmingham Municipal Bank which itself is undergoing a regeneration by the University of Birmingham to create a new café, gallery, seminar rooms and research spaces.
Birmingham City Council planning offers said the design of 5 Centenary Square would be “acceptable”.
The Canal and Rivers Trust had been critical of the potential impact of the views out of Gas Street Basin.
Councillors voted in favour of the plans unanimously.