A 20-storey tower block is being demolished to make way for a huge new shopping, office and leisure space.
Work has begun to remove Edgbaston House in Duchess Road as part of the preparations for New Garden Square, a 10.7-acre development project that will sit along the Hagley Road. It will feature 2,400 sq. m of retail and leisure space, including bars and restaurants, set around a newly created garden square.
This 130m x 30m green open space will feature a public garden whilst the scheme will retain the existing Grade II listed buildings fronting the Hagley Road. There will also be 47,000 sq. m of office space, 345 residential apartments and 900 car parking spaces. Developers are also looking at potentially installing a 100-bedroom hotel too.
Demolition work on the 69m high building began last month to make way for the ambitious £300m regeneration scheme. Calthorpe Estates has appointed specialists DSM Group to carry out the demolition, which will progressively work from top down and is expected to take 15 weeks, with the demolition completed by the end of October.
The skyscraper will be demolished using an Ultra High Reach D-rig – the biggest of its kind in the UK, and the second tallest in the world.
Ralph Minott, development director for Calthorpe Estates, said: "In the coming years, we will see the Birmingham skyline change as New Garden Square takes shape and occupies the place of where Edgbaston House once stood."
He added: "It will create up to 47,000 sq. m of new high-quality office or R&D space, 2,400 sq. m of retail and leisure space to accommodate bars, restaurants and convenience stores with potential for a 100 bedroom hotel, in addition to 345 residential apartments and 900 car parking spaces, all set around a stunning garden square.
"This is a milestone in the transformation of an outdated, mainly vacant, commercial estate, less than a mile from the city centre, into a high quality, vibrant and accessible new destination in the commercial heart of Edgbaston."
New Garden Square is a partnership between Calthorpe Estates and U+I Group plc.
Source: Birmingham Live