30 residential apartments
Diverse context of buildings
Opposite prestigious Mailbox
50 Severn Street is a high-quality residential development in the centre of Birmingham. It is a project close to home for Associated Architects, situated just 100 yards away from 1 Severn Street Place, the Birmingham home of the practice.
Severn Street is a prime city centre location, sitting within an area that contains a wide-range of building types and uses. The proposed site sits opposite the prestigious Mailbox, a high-end retail, leisure, commercial and residential development with Birmingham New Street Station is just a short walk away.
The development will consist of a part nine and part seven-storey building that provides 30 residential apartments and one ground floor commercial unit. The scheme will infill a vacant building plot, with a constrained footprint, located between a seven-storey office building and the Grade II listed Athol Masonic Hall.
The design responds to its very diverse context of buildings, all of which vary in scale, mass, age and materials. The immediate context includes two other listed buildings, including the Grade II listed Caretaker’s House (Birmingham Athletic Institute) and Singers Hill Synagogue which is Grade II* listed.
The scheme divides into three elements; a base, middle and top. The base of the building is designed to relate to the scale and rhythm of the historic street scene, with a restrained red brick base, sensitive to the adjoining Masonic Hall. Darker coloured brickwork on the middle storeys adds a more contemporary feel, while the top two storeys are clad in copper, to give this element a distinct identity and a strong presence facing the ring road.
Internally 50 Severn Street looks to maximise space around a central core, with practical and compact circulation and open plan apartments with flexible living spaces. The apartments are designed targeting the young professional rental market, with a high quality of finishes and fittings.