Plans for dozens of new homes in two apartment blocks a stone’s throw from the Barclaycard Arena have been unveiled.

Trigram Properties wants to build a five-storey building in Edward Street and six-storey building in Scotland Street, comprising 63 apartments.

The proposals, drawn up by city firm K4 Architects, also include two units at ground floor level which could be used for shops, a bar or a restaurant.

Plans submitted to Birmingham City Council state: “This development will create valuable new housing stock, in an area of known demand as identified in the city’s emerging Core Strategy, which is close to local retail and other amenity facilities, local employment centres, transport links and the Birmingham and Fazeley canal.

“The building is comfortable within its context, adopting some of the historic principles from the existing street patterns as well as considering the contemporary surroundings, relating well to the adjacent buildings. In addition to this, there is a focus on high quality design and materials which will contribute to the street scene and hopefully make this a striking addition to the area.”

The plans are for two apartment blocks overlooking a courtyard on a corner site with frontages on Edward Street, Helena Street and Scotland Street.

The land is currently vacant, and used for surface car parking, and K4 said the two distinct buildings in an L shape would reinstate lost street frontages.

The proposals are for a total of 27 one-bedroom apartments and 36 with two bedrooms.

The two ground floor commercial units measure 1,723 sq ft and 2,018 sq ft, along with 20 car parking spaces.

The document adds: “The site lies within an area that has undergone intense transformation over a 15-year period. This includes major canal side developments such as Brindleyplace, The Mailbox and The Cube.

“Edward Street and its immediate surrounding have also changed dramatically in this period, with the previous industrial character giving way to a primarily residential use. Edward Street is now lined on both sides with new-build apartments, with the exception of several existing Victorian buildings which have been retained.”