Pictures show dramatic Jewellery Quarter development plans

New plans would see 83 apartments built at the site of an old warehouse in Hockley
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An application for dozens of apartments for the site of an old warehouse in Hockley have been submitted with Birmingham City Council.

The plans would see 83 apartments spread over 6 floors and a demolition job for the current buildings occupying the site.

Images of the new apartments on Icknield Street in the Jewellery Quarter show a dramatic design that blends in with the neighbouring, listed Icknield Street School. Developers, Venturi Architects, say a rooftop vegetable garden and a playground for children will help to build a sense of community and make this an eco-friendly design.

The site, which is currently occupied by a three-storey industrial building, was the subject of a previous application in 2020 – to develop the site into a hostel and gym – which was later withdrawn. It also sits to the South of the once proud Muhammad Ali Centre- opened by the man himself- and now set for demolition and conversion into a community centre.

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50 per cent affordable housing will now be provided with this development. In total 83 apartments comprised of one, two and three-bedroom units will be provided.

Outlining the new design and form of their chosen approach, the architects wrote: “The application proposals provide for the efficient and effective reuse of previously developed land in a sustainable location to provide much needed new homes, including affordable housing, that will contribute to the pressing identified need within the city.

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The current site

“The proposed design of the development will result in a high-quality building that will help to enhance the street scene within the locality. The development has been designed to provide a high-quality living environment for future residents through the inclusion of dwellings that meet the National Described Space Standard, good quality landscape and communal areas and measures to ensure a satisfactory internal living environment.

“Inclusion of the identified measures ensures that the development is both complementary and non-prejudicial to surrounding uses.” The plans will now go before a Birmingham City Council Planning Committee.