Coming up: Birmingham's SBQ gets makeover

Regeneration of Smallbrook Queensway will retain two of its 1960s buildings and see the remainder replaced with apartment blocks.

New designs will replace SBQ1 and SBQ2 at Smallbrook Queensway (PIC NORR)
New designs will replace SBQ1 and SBQ2 at Smallbrook Queensway (PIC NORR)

Birmingham City Council has approved plans to redevelop the city’s well known Smallbrook Queensway running from the Bullring to Holloway Circus with more than 300 homes and offices. The proposal, by developer Commercial Estates Group, will see two of Smallbrook Queensway’s 1960s buildings retained, and two demolished. Under the design by architect NORR, the SBQ1 and SBQ2 buildings will be replaced with a part 26 storey building with homes and ground floor retail and leisure space. The SBQ3 and SBQ4 buildings will be extended and refurbished to provide 12,500 square metres of office space and retail/leisure use while retaining an existing night club.

Developer Roffey Homes has won the go ahead to develop a 15 storey tower containing 141 homes on Worthing’s seafront. The tower, which is earmarked for a former swimming pool and car park site, will be Worthing’s tallest building. The design by architect Allies and Morrison combines homes with commercial space and a café.

Ebbsfleet Development Corporation’s planning committee has approved proposals to build 532 homes on the Northfleet Riverside site at the planned garden city. The proposals by Northfleet Property also include 46,000 square metres of employment space, a neighbourhood centre, and food and drink outlets. Around 3.5 hectares of open space will be provided, including a promenade, parks and a multi-use games area. At the same meeting, the planning committee approved plans by pub company Marston to develop a pub and 104 bedroom hotel at Ebbsfleet Green, where housebuilder Redrow is developing 950 homes.


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