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Plans lodged for new Birmingham office tower

New plans have been submitted to build a 15-storey office block on the site of the old Birmingham Post & Mail newspaper offices

A 15-storey office tower is set to be built in Birmingham after developers scrapped plans for new city centre apartments.

Chatham Billingham, the development team behind the Mailbox shopping mall, secured planning permission in 2015 to build a new 14-storey tower split equally between offices and apartments on the site of the old Birmingham Post & Mail offices in Weaman Street.

Developers have since gone back to the drawing board and thrown out the proposals for 115 apartments to create an office-only project.

Revised plans and designs have now been lodged with Birmingham City Council.

Planning documents suggest the change of heart stems from needing a project more in keeping with the site's immediate surroundings, the vast majority of which is high-density office space.

Phase one of the project was completed in 2015 and comprises a new underground, 752-space car park in the old printing works with 31,600 sq ft of retail and office units above.

The new tower will be built immediately above this.

Associated Architects Revised designs for the old Post & Mail site
Revised designs for the old Post & Mail site

The development site near Snow Hill station was home to the Birmingham Post & Mail and Sunday Mercury for decades, housed in a complex originally designed by renowned city architect John Madin.

Large parts of the 1960s complex, including the famous Post & Mail tower, were demolished in 2005 to make way for what is now The Colmore Building and the newspapers moved out of the city centre in 2008 to their current home in Fort Dunlop in Castle Bromwich.

Matthew Goer, director at Birmingham-based Associated Architects which has designed the scheme, said: "The Post & Mail building has been designed to reflect its strategic and architectural significance within the Colmore Business District.

"The proposed use of the building has been carefully considered to ensure it complements and enhances the environment.

"The building's external appearance takes its cue from the printmaking history of the site.

"Anodised aluminium cladding panels have been chosen to give the building a crisp, metallic appearance, alluding to the plate printing matrices that can be seen on photographic records of the demolished Printing Works building.

"In addition, the limited colour palette of black, grey and silver represents the appearance of monochrome newsprint."

How the site looks today
How the site looks today

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