Planning Submitted for Smallbrook Queensway

Fira designed high quality public realm working for our client CEG to support the planning submission for the transformational redevelopment of the Smallbrook Queensway Buildings in Birmingham city centre.

The site will create extensive new public realm which will contribute to the greening of the city centre, a key aspiration of Birmingham City Council’s Our Future City Plan. By creating space between the existing buildings, the project will improve the connections between the city centre, the Chinese Quarter, the Gay Village and the emerging district at Smithfield. As well as being places to pass through, these new spaces will become part of the increasing number of people friendly public areas that are transforming the city centre.

The current proposals are set to reactivate a prominent and mainly unused site in the city centre and are being designed to take inspiration from the existing architectural and design features of the current site, while reflecting the city’s ambition.

The buildings, designed by Corstorphine + Wright, will range between a 44-storey building to the west of Hurst Street, a 56-storey building between Hurst Street and Wrottesley Street and a 48-storey building on the eastern end, and will include new homes to rent on the upper floors. The ground floors, facing onto a range of new or improved publicly accessible spaces at the top of Hurst Street and Wrottesley Street, will provide a range of commercial uses, including shops, cafes and restaurants.

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