Curzon Wharf, world’s first mixed-use net zero carbon ready development, approved

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Plans to develop Curzon Wharf, the world’s first mixed-use net zero carbon ready development in Birmingham, have been approved. The approval was made by Birmingham City planners to Woodbourne Group.

Speaking on the approval, the latter said it is pleased with the decision. The plans for the development were submitted to the planners earlier this year however the project has been in the planning stage for approximately six years.

Tani Dulay, Chief Executive of Woodbourne Group, said, “We’ve worked hard to get here. Thus, it is incredibly satisfying to stand on the verge of delivering such a world-class development for a city I’m proud to call home. The planning committee, our team, and everyone supporting this plan are all appreciated. By encouraging investment, generating jobs, and serving as a catalyst for increased success, we must contribute to the economic recovery.

Development and features of the Curzon Wharf development

Curzon Wharf will transform a key gateway to Birmingham. Industrial units built in the 1960s are currently housed on the 1 million square foot site. The £360 million waterfront ecosystem has become one of the most talked-about developments since the plan was first announced in 2021.

New residential structures—including Birmingham’s tallest tower—and shops, offices, research and development, and life sciences facilities are all part of the game-changing Curzon Wharf proposals.

The plan will feature a 53-storey building with 498 Build to Rent homes. It will be the tallest tower in Birmingham at 172 meters (564 feet). The Curzon Wharf masterplan will also include another residential component and specially constructed student housing.

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The project will include almost 130,000 square feet of office, R&D, and life science space, over 3,000 square feet of retail space, over 15,000 square feet of recreational space, over 76,424 square feet of the new and improved public realm, and 490 meters of new and improved walking and cycling routes.

Curzon Wharf is projected to increase Birmingham’s economy by at least £151 million. Planning experts Turley and CBRE estimate that the development will also create over 1,000 jobs. The new HS2 Curzon Street Station is only an eight-minute walk from the project, close to Birmingham City University and Aston University.