£100m bid for homes on for­mer baths site

Birmingham Post - - NEWS - Tam­lyn Jones Busi­ness Re­porter

NEW plans have been lodged to build a £100 mil­lion, 18-storey res­i­den­tial com­plex in Birm­ing­ham city cen­tre.

The project, on land off the A38 Bris­tol Street, will be a mix of prop­er­ties to rent and buy.

A joint ven­ture of Cam­borne Land In­vest­ments and Ur­ban High De­vel­op­ments ac­quired the for­mer Kent Street Baths site ear­lier this year.

They are plan­ning to build 400 apart­ments to rent and a fur­ther 100 units to buy in what will be Cam­borne Land In­vest­ments’ first UK res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment.

There will also be a pub­lic court­yard, re­tail space, rooftop gar­den ter­race and pri­vate res­i­dents’ hub.

Apart­ments in the pro­posed scheme will range from stu­dios to three-bed­room units across five prin­ci­pal build­ings, with heights rang­ing from six to 18 storeys.

The site once housed Kent Street Baths which opened in 1852 as the first pub­lic swim­ming fa­cil­ity and wash house pro­vided by the Birm­ing­ham Baths Com­mit­tee.

In 1930, the older struc­tures were de­mol­ished to make way a new build­ing con­tain­ing swim­ming pools and Turk­ish and Rus­sian baths but these closed and be­came derelict be­fore be­ing de­mol­ished.

Conal Long, in­vest­ment di­rec­tor at Cam­borne Land In­vest­ments, said: “Our plans for a rental-led de­vel­op­ment at the for­mer Kent Street Baths site con­tin­ues the re­gen­er­a­tion of South­side in Birm­ing­ham.

“It will act as a gate­way to the forth­com­ing trans­for­ma­tional Smith­field de­vel­op­ment while pro­vid­ing high-qual­ity hous­ing that is both sus­tain­able and ac­ces­si­ble for mod­ern liv­ing.

“Birm­ing­ham’s drive and am­bi­tion gave us the con­fi­dence to make our first in­vest­ment into res­i­den­tial prop­erty in the city.

“Given the cur­rent level of in­vest­ment and the site’s prime lo­ca­tion, it is the per­fect op­por­tu­nity for us to build on that mo­men­tum and make a last­ing im­pres­sion on the build-torent mar­ket.”

The 2.25-acre ap­pli­ca­tion site is bounded by Kent Street, Gooch Street North, Broms­grove Street and Hen­stead Street. It forms part of The Gooch Es­tate which will re­tain its free­hold in­ter­ests there.

Charles Gil­lett, part­ner with prop­erty con­sul­tancy Pen­ny­cuick Collins which ad­vised The Gooch Es­tate, said: “The es­tate is fully com­mit­ted to Cam­borne Land In­vest­ments’ vi­sion for the scheme. This is an ex­cit­ing ad­di­tion to the grow­ing range of ac­com­mo­da­tion projects lo­cated within The Gooch Es­tate and there is huge de­mand for qual­ity rental prop­erty in this vi­brant part of the city.”

It has been de­signed by Birm­ing­ham-based Glenn How­ells Ar­chi­tects, whose di­rec­tor Dav Bansal added: “Our key fo­cus for the Kent Street Baths scheme is to en­sure com­mu­nity is cen­tral to the de­vel­op­ment by cre­at­ing a de­sir­able, in­no­va­tive and at­trac­tive en­vi­ron­ment for peo­ple to live and en­joy.”

Work is ex­pected to start in sum­mer 2018, sub­ject to plan­ning ap­proval.

Conal Long of Cam­borne Land In­vest­ments

> An artist’s im­pres­sion of plans to build 500 apart­ments on the for­mer Kent Street Baths site

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