Monday, April 12, 2021
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Green light for Birmingham office block

Birmingham office

The scheme is being led by developer LCR which could see up to five new buildings in total developed there

Planning chiefs in Birmingham have approved designs for a 14-storey office block in the city.

Four Axis Square will be built on land next to the Axis building in Holliday Street as part of a wider masterplan for the city centre site.

The scheme is being led by developer LCR which could see up to five new buildings in total developed there.

Regional director Ray Willis said: Securing this latest consent is another positive step forward as we progress with our Axis Square plans.

The redevelopment and regeneration of the site can provide a range of benefits for the city, vastly improve connectivity with nearby locations and create a vibrant place to work, eat and shop in the heart of the city, Willis said.

A report published last week ahead of the latest planning committee meeting at Birmingham City Council had recommended the application be rejected.

A contribution of £232,460 towards public realm and lighting works had proved a sticking point between the London-based developer and the authority but an agreement has now been reached.

This meant councillors unanimously approved the 274,189 sq ft project.

That is a part of the £985,000 contribution agreed at the outline planning application stage for the redevelopment of the overall site.

The application site next to the Mailbox currently houses the well-known Axis building but this is due to be demolished and replaced as part of the overall plans.

The site was used as a railway depot in the 1920s by the British Railways Board Residuary.

Plans for the site were first unveiled in 2016 and the overall vision is to have a series of office blocks, varying in height from five to 23 storeys.

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