Howells’ £70m replacement for scrapped Glancy Nicholls tower in Brum approved

The £70 million build-to-rent development at 100 Broad Street, which will deliver 294 homes, was approved by Birmingham City Council’s planning committee on Thursday (1 February), following recommendation by its planning officers.

In 2019, Birmingham City Council approved proposals by Glancy Nicholls for a 62-storey skyscraper on the same city centre brownfield site, which would have become Birmingham’s tallest building.

However, work never began on the scheme and the site was sold to current developer Urban Vision in 2022. The plot’s new owner claimed the earlier proposal turned out to be ‘undeliverable’. 

The newly-approved Howells and Urban Vision development, known as The Hundred, has been touted as ‘one of the most sustainable buildings in Birmingham’, with all-electric designs planned to reduce the carbon footprint of users.

Robert King, director at Glenn Howells, said: ‘This project has challenged us to look again and question the blueprint for efficient tall building designs.

‘The stepped form has created an opportunity to explore a unique, sustainable approach to high-rise living and integrates new regulations and construction techniques.’

Howells’ approved proposals for 100 Broad Street, Birmingham (February 2024) – typical floor plan

Mark Owen, director at Urban Vision, said: ‘[We] want to deliver a development that will set the standard for tall buildings in Birmingham, but also draw on the city’s heritage.

‘As an underutilised brownfield site, this is an opportunity to support the wider regeneration of the area, driving local growth, creating a new community and creating jobs. It is important we get this right and deliver.’

Alongside housing, plans also include co-working spaces, communal lounges and rooftop gardens, alongside opportunities for independent shops and cafés or restaurants at street level. The development is expected to create more than 50 new jobs once operational.

A future timescale is not yet known.


Howells’ approved proposals for 100 Broad Street, Birmingham (February 2024) – model

Project data

Location 100 Broad Street, Birmingham, B15 1AU
Local authority Birmingham City Council
Type of project Residential (Build-to-Rent)/design and build
Client Urban Vision
Architect Howells
Landscape architect Camlins
Planning consultant Williams Gallagher
Structural engineer Cundall
M&E consultant Ramboll
Quantity surveyor Core Five
Principal designer Cundall
Fire engineer Jensen Hughes
Acoustic engineer Ramboll
Daylighting consultant GIA
Ecology and biodiversity BWB
Heritage Node
Main contractor TBC
Funding TBC
Tender date TBC
Gross internal floor area TBC
Form of contract TBC
Annual CO2 emissions TBC
Total cost circa £70 million