IMPRESSIVE: Lozenge-shaped office will ‘overshadow pub’
Images of the proposed offices, Image: LDRS
Impressive images show plans for a distinctive “lozenge-shaped” office block which has been objected to over fears it will overshadow a nearby pub.
City Realty Ltd has applied for planning permission for two office blocks at Upper Gough Street, Marshall Street and Washington Street in the city centre.
The two buildings would have a total floor space of 20,005 square metres and six commercial units.
A report to councillors on Birmingham City Council’s planning committee states the taller, nine-storey Block A has “bullnose ends creating a lozenge-shaped floor plan”.
The building is proposed to be constructed of brick and concrete-faced columns with “perforated panels to fenestration details”.
The building also includes a rooftop garden, as well as 20 car parking spaces, cycle parking, showers and changing facilities, plant rooms, and a café unit on the basement level.
Block B would be part nine-storey, part ten-storey and constructed of glazed red brick with “angled protruding windows” including a loading bay and plant rooms in the basement.
As part of landscaping plans, nearby lane Chapman’s Passage is proposed to be extended between the two buildings, and “hard-landscaped, with raised beds and contained tree planting”.
The project – designed by Corstorphine + Wright Architects – is intended to achieve a Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) “Excellent” rating for sustainability.
The development has been opposed in five letters of objection from residents following a public consultation.
Concerns include that privacy for existing residents will be affected, construction work will generate noise pollution as well as from increased traffic after the work is completed.
Also on the list of fears in the report is “loss of light to [nearby pub] The Keg and Grill”.
Recommending the plans are approved, an officer stated: “The immediate vicinity of the site is residential to the north and east, creating a somewhat sterile environment during the daytime.
“The proposed development is office-led with commercial uses at ground floor which would increase the mix, promoting daytime footfall and activity in the area.
“Whilst I note the comments received regarding loss of light, privacy and outlook, the proposals would not materially harm the residential amenity of occupiers of dwellings within the vicinity to sufficiently warrant refusal of the application on amenity grounds.”
The planning meeting can be viewed on the city council’s committee meetings YouTube page from 11am on September 16.
Words: Mark Cardwell, Local Demcoracy Reporter
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