Stunning images released of Eastside Locks city centre scheme

Stunning new images have been released of a landmark city development which will transform a huge part of the city centre.

Computer generated pictures show the sheer scale of the Eastside Locks scheme from the Goodman Global property Group which will greet visitors see as they arrive at the proposed HS2 Curzon Street station.
The 13 acre site is aiming to create a hub for all manner of activities, including business, retail and leisure facilities.

Part of the area has been designated as an Enterprise Zone by the Government to promote economic growth, supported by the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership.

Eastside is the home of Millennium Point and Birmingham City University also boasts a major park, and lies next to Curzon Street station.

One part of the project is a £30 million canalside scheme which promises high quality student accommodation.

Alumno Developments is behind this part of the design which will see about 625 student homes built next to the two Birmingham City University (BCU) buildings.

Goodman is already carrying out infrastructure work and will also oversee road and canal work on the scheme, known as No1 Eastside Locks.

It is part of wider plans for Eastside Locks which received outline planning consent in 2008, which promised to make far more of the canalside location.

Alumno is expected to be on site by November with enabling works, with completion before the end of 2016 of a scheme with six buildings, the highest of which stretches 17 storeys.

Architect Dav Bansal, of city practice Glenn Howells, speaking about the student development, said: “This is a prominent site on a gateway to the city and overlooking the HS2 station. This will be one of the first buildings you will see when travelling in from London, so it is important to have something prominent and somewhere where there is activity.
“It will also be next to the only vehicular entrance into the station, so it is going to be a major part of the city.”

James Raven, Development Director, UK Business Parks Goodman, has said about the scheme: “It’s a very exciting time for the city of Birmingham. With HS2 work scheduled to begin in 2017, the on-going regeneration of New Street Station and the hugely increased connectivity of Eastside, the potential of Greater Birmingham and, in particular, Eastside is huge and something that we are proud to be at the heart of.”

Source: Birmingham Mail

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