Four-block complex in Birmingham’s Learning Quarter, the only net-zero carbon, mixed-use, residential-led scheme in the city
Curzon Wharf is a new build residential-led mixed-use scheme on a brownfield site in Birmingham, currently at pre-planning stage (proposals were developed in close collaboration with Birmingham City Council planners).
A trio of 41, 14 and 52-storey towers and a shorter building, Curzon Wharf is a £360 million mixed-use development incorporating commercial, retail, a new breed of residential and student living with vast public space. It will rejuvenate an under-utilised site on the edge of the city centre near Aston and Birmingham City universities and will become the catalyst for future growth in the area and beyond.
Curzon Wharf will utilise modern methods construction and has been developed with a Net Zero Carbon ready approach, with an architectural language to suit the environmental strategy.
Two residential towers offer a choice of living styles. Boulton Tower will be dedicated to almost 500 one and two bedroomed well-appointed PRS apartments, also with a range of resident-only facilities. Galton Skytree comprises 265 co-living units over 14 storeys. The private living areas are supported by a range of communal facilities and services including a reception, co-working space, gym, cinema room, sky terrace, private carparking, central dining area, lounge, cycle storage, and a laundry.
Watt Tower aims to meet the gap in the market for very high quality private student accommodation in Birmingham and will provide 697 student bedrooms over 41 storeys.
It responds to the change in demand that has been developing over the past few years (and particularly highlighted by the Covid-19 pandemic) with a focus on mental health, interaction, and collaboration. It aims to provide a student experience like no other. The design and layout of the accommodation together with the associated facilities provided will create a positive and welcoming living experience, that will foster a sense of community. The communal facilities for both recreation and studying focus on interaction and support, enabling students to choose social and learning environments that suit their mood.
In line with the aim to provide an unparalleled living experience, a generous proportion of each tower is dedicated to exceptional communal recreational amenities, including sky terraces, gym, cinema room, bowling alley, fine dining area, meeting space, lounge, and games room, as well as the traditional amenities such as reception, laundry, library, study area (study area in student tower only). Superfast Wi-Fi will be provided throughout.
Amenity and retail spaces at ground floor will provide front doors and active frontage onto a comprehensive public realm scheme that will enhance access and activity onto the canal and promote links to future development beyond the ring road. The Curzon Wharf site takes advantage of its position next to the canal network and a new public space creates a sense of place and a key destination node.
The health and wellbeing benefits of external spaces are well known. As such, roofs are extensively use as sky terraces as well as sections carved sections from the façades to create other private external areas. Curzon Wharf’s towers will be set amongst high-quality public realm, providing further outdoor space.
In addition to the residential accommodation, Curzon Wharf will also incorporate commercial office and retail space.