arena central,
birmingham

Client

Dandara

The prominent site within the Arena Central masterplan, in the heart of Birmingham City Centre is adjacent to Richard Seifert’s recently grade II listed Alpha Tower.

The proposal responds to the angled geometry of the site by creating two blocks pivoting around a core. 322 apartments and 673 sqm of commercial space are provided over one block of 24 storeys and one block of 19 stories. The taller block denotes the edge of the site, providing a marker along Queensway, a busy arterial route.

The ground floor contains commercial accommodation to activate the surrounding public realm. The blocks divide to allow access inbetween and the taller block cantilevers out over the ground floor facing onto Queensway to create a landscaped entry zone into the
site.

The building utilises a precast concrete frame which contains the apartment balconies and responds to the largely commercial context.