New city cen­tre apart­ments set for for­mer col­lege build­ing site

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A BIRM­ING­HAM devel­oper is plan­ning a huge city cen­tre res­i­den­tial scheme af­ter sign­ing a deal for a land­mark de­vel­op­ment.

Court Col­lab­o­ra­tion is plan­ning a huge res­i­den­tial scheme af­ter buy­ing the gi­ant CEAC build­ing in East­side from Birm­ing­ham Metropoli­tan Col­lege.

Col­more Row-based Court has be­come one of the city’s most pro­lific de­vel­op­ers, with thou­sands of new homes be­ing built at de­vel­op­ments such as Hol­loway Head in the city cen­tre and The Franklin in Bournville, but this deal rep­re­sents the first direct pur­chase.

Court Col­lab­o­ra­tion founder An­thony McCourt said: “We want this to be about not only cre­at­ing some­thing spec­tac­u­lar in a land­mark spot of a grow­ing part of the city but also about push­ing new bound­aries for city liv­ing.

“That doesn’t mean putting in a cof­fee house, or a gym, or a restau­rant – some­thing much more in­no­va­tive.

“When you live in Birm­ing­ham city cen­tre, do you need a gym in your build­ing? I don’t know, but we will lis­ten to peo­ple and de­liver what they will ac­tu­ally want and use.

“There’s ev­ery rea­son to cre­ate some­thing re­ally big here.”

Mr McCourt ad­mit­ted it was a “big mo­ment” for Court – the Birm­ing­ham Post Small Busi­ness of the Year – to put its money where its mouth is but it showed real progress for a busi­ness born in a city Star­bucks eight years ago.

“It is also a state­ment of how much faith we have in the fu­ture of the city,” he added.

Mean­while, £125 mil­lion work to trans­form Hol­loway Head, close to the gi­ant Radis­son Blu tower, will start next year, bring­ing 487 new apart­ments a stone’s throw from the main busi­ness and leisure ar­eas of the city.

> An­thony McCourt by the CEAC build­ing

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