Va­cant of­fice block could make way for flats

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

A CITY cen­tre of­fice block is to be de­mol­ished to make for a new 14-storey apart­ment com­plex.

De­vel­op­ers have re­vealed plans to raze Lionel House, a va­cant ten­storey com­plex at 86 Lionel Street, and re­place it with 259 apart­ments to rent.

There would also be a land­scaped roof ter­race, ground-floor com­mu­nal ar­eas for residents, a 17-space car park and cy­cle stor­age for ev­ery apart­ment.

Lionel House, which still has a pub­lic car park, was built in the 1970s and pre­vi­ously housed a Post Of­fice.

The scheme is the lat­est in Birm­ing­ham city cen­tre to adopt the pri­vate rented sec­tor (PRS) model where a sin­gle land­lord owns the whole build­ing and the apart­ments will be avail­able to rent only.

Other notable PRS projects in­clude the 42-storey 2one2 Broad Street, which will have a 200-me­tre run­ning track, ‘New Monaco’ in Bris­tol Street con­tain­ing more 1,000 units and The Fo­rum at the site of the old Sil­ver Blades ice rink, in Per­shore Street.

An ear­lier plan for the Lionel House site in 2016 by its pre­vi­ous owner in­volved de­mol­ish­ing the build­ing and the neigh­bour­ing Beau­fort House fol­lowed by a whole­sale re­de­vel­op­ment from Ne­whall Street and along Lionel Street.

Sup­port­ing doc­u­ments ac­com­pa­ny­ing the lat­est plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion said: “The site is cur­rently oc­cu­pied by a va­cant build­ing which is poor qual­ity and does not make a pos­i­tive con­tri­bu­tion to the street or the con­ser­va­tion area.

“This new pro­posed build­ing will make a sig­nif­i­cant and pos­i­tive con­tri­bu­tion to Lionel Street and the wider con­ser­va­tion area.”

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An artist’s im­pres­sion of the 14-storey apart­ment com­plex

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