Glancy Nicholls gets go-ahead for redrawn Birmingham housing scheme

A planning inspector refused the appeal in September 2022 and Glancy Nicholls was then appointed to revise the scheme in late 2022.

Glancy Nicholls Architects has a raft of major schemes on the go across Birmingham, including a 30-storey tower under construction at South Central,

The practice reduced the size and from of the Kent Street scheme to match designs originally drawn up by architecture:m in 2018 for a 12-storey block providing 116 homes.

The developer has now agreed to put £1.3 million towards noise mitigation works at the Nightingale. Remaining money will be used to fund affordable homes elsewhere.

The 146-apartment scheme contains 35 two-bed homes and 111 one-bed homes on the corner of Kent and Lower Essex Street in the city’s Gay Village.

Glancy Nicholls’ latest design replaces an earlier scheme by AFL Architects featuring a 15-storey building on the 0.13ha plot, which was approved in 2021 and later withdrawn.

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However, councillors refused AFL’s reworked proposal in March 2022 over concerns about noise from the Nightingale nightclub, opposite the site, after Prosperity Developments failed to enter a noise mitigation agreement agreed as part of an s106.

AFL Architects updated the scheme in late 2021 to address the need for sprinklers on new residential buildings above 11m in height. AFL’s revised scheme added an extra four storeys.

Birmingham City Council’s planning committee consented to the local practice’s proposals for an L-shaped building rising from nine to 12 storeys late last month (21 December) for Prosperity Developments.

Elsewhere in the city, Metropolitan Workshop’s consented 48-storey 2 Snowhill Plaza tower is under construction. Other high-profile schemes in the city include stephenson hamilton risley STUDIO’s proposals for a 550-apartment, 40-storey tower, on Bristol Road, Associated Architects’ recently approved 41-storey Curzon Wharf development and Howells’ 49-storey Octagon development.