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Calthorpe Road Planning Permission Secured

Glancy Nicholls Architects designs for the conversion and extension of the former HSBC building on Calthorpe Road has been granted full planning permission by Birmingham City Council.

The proposal seeks to sensitively convert the original John Madin designed building into a vibrant new hotel and student residential development. The site benefits from close proximity to the city center, universities and incoming metro rail links.

The scheme will provide a 123-bed 4* hotel, a 244-bed student residence, improvements to the surrounding car parks and hard landscape and the introduction of a stand-alone restaurant pavilion facing onto Calthorpe Road. High quality amenity space is provided to both buildings with gym, lounge, dining, and study spaces dispersed throughout the buildings.

The proposal seeks to re-establish the buildings quality by breathing new life into a vacant decaying building, by the retention and refinement of certain materials where possible and provision of high-quality alternatives where improvement is required. Our approach was to maintain the ethos of Madin’s original design vision, designing within the existing structural grid and referencing this further in the proposed new build extensions. The continuation of the horizontal monochromatic design maintains its modernist hallmarks with introduction of setback lightweight glazed extensions that respect the overall developments proportion and composition.

Creating opportunities for active uses that interface with Calthorpe Road and the wider estate are key to the success of the proposal. The building is currently isolated from the street by a large car park structure so with the introduction of a varied landscape surfaces, an improved tree lined frontage and external amenity spaces promote a green and biodiverse setting for these buildings.

Glancy Nicholls Architects now look forward to working with Mercia Real Estate on delivering this transformative vision for a key site in the heart of the Calthorpe Estate.