BGY lodges plans to overhaul 90s Birmingham landmark

Location Birmingham
Local authority Birmingham City Council
Type of project Office
Client Ashtrom Properties
Architect Buckley Gray Yeoman (BGY)
Landscape architect Hyland Edgar Driver
Planning consultant Lichfields
Structural engineer Davies Maguire
M&E consultant Watkins Payne
Main contractor to be confirmed
Funding NA
Tender date TBC
Start on site date TBC
Completion date TBC
Contract duration NA
Annual CO2 emissions NA
Total cost NA


Colmore Gate

Buckley Gray Yeoman’s designs for Colmore Gate

Project data

Colmore Gate is not far from Metropolitan Workshop’s proposed 48-storey residential tower at Snow Hill, which councillors approved in July, and Ryder’s completed 26-storey 103 Colmore Row.

BGY says improvements in energy performance will help meet Birmingham’s Net Zero by 2030 goal. Proposals feature the introduction of solar panels and the removal of a car park.

Source:Millershare/Buckley Gray Yeoman (BGY)

The building’s granite veneer façade would be removed and replaced with cladding featuring metal louvres and fins.

Birmingham, where the council earlier this month issued a Section 114 notice of effective bankruptcy, has several other high-rises in the pipeline. They include Associated Architects’ recently approved 41-storey Curzon Wharf and Howells’ under-construction 49-storey Octagon and recently completed 42-storey The Mercian.

Reusing the current structure, BGY estimates, will result in emissions of 60kg/CO2/m² GIA, compared with  206kg/CO2/m² GIA for a new build.

Under proposals submitted to Birmingham City Council BGY will retrofit and extend the existing reinforced concrete structure – completed in 1992 by Seymour Harris Partnership – to create a 26-storey building. An adjoining eight-storey ‘shoulder’ block will also be revamped and given an extra two floors.

The scheme for London-based developer Ashtrom Properties would see a widening and extension of the building to create office space on floors 1-24 plus a double-height plant screen at roof level.

New entrances created on Colmore Row and Bull Street, as well as new pedestrian routes around the site, will restore pedestrian access, according to BGY, as well as introduce active frontages to the current building.