A major renovation project in the Jewellery Quarter to create almost 300 apartments is expected to be given the green light next week.
City council planners have been recommended to approve Seven Capital's application to convert the empty Kettleworks building in Pope Street into 291 flats, two retail units, a gym and parking.
The project forms the first phase of the wider £80 million St George's Urban Village scheme (see gallery above) on land between Pope Street and Carver Street which will eventually see more than 600 homes created on a six-acre site.
This phase entails new build, part demolition and part conversion of the former Swan factory with the new-build element reaching up to six storeys.
The original proposal was for 313 apartments but this has since been reduced and would now comprise 86 studios, 86 one-bedroom, 117 two-bedroom and two three-bedrooms apartments.
There will also be 142 bike spaces and 234 parking spaces although not all of these will be allocated for Kettleworks' residents.
Phil Carlin, managing director of Seven Capital which is carrying out several residential projects across Birmingham, said: "We have been working very closely with the city to bring forward this development at a time when there is clear and growing demand for more city centre living options.
"The Kettleworks is such a prominent site in the Jewellery Quarter but it has remained unoccupied for far too long.
"We are looking forward to bringing it back to life and creating new homes that will attract more people and bring economic benefits and further growth to the area.
"Birmingham needs more residential options in the city centre and we are firmly committed to this site and delivering a development the city can be proud of."
The plans have met with some objections from the Jewellery Quarter Development Trust which said it had concerns about the design and massing and how different the scheme was from the original discussions.
It also expressed fears over a lack of parking and said there was limited amenities for residents, nothing for occupiers of the wider community and the mix of flat sizes would not encourage a balanced and sustainable community.