The long-proposed Arena Central development in Birmingham city centre has taken another significant step forward with the submission of a planning application for the first building.
Called 1 Arena Central, it will be eight storeys and contain 135,000 sq ft of office space, 5,000 sq ft of ground floor retail units, 2,500 sq ft of open balconies on the top floor and 68 parking spaces, fronting onto Broad Street opposite the new Library of Birmingham.
The building has a curved façade with chequerboard motif which developers said had been designed to encourage pedestrian traffic onto the site.
It is the first step in the £400 million masterplan for the 9.2-acre site which has been on the drawing board for over a decade.
It is being delivered by Arena Central Developments, a joint venture between Miller Developments and Bridgehouse Capital.
Planning permission is already in place for 2.3 million sq ft of mixed-use space, including 860,000 sq ft of grade A office accommodation, over 200,000 sq ft of residential units, 2,500 car parking spaces and more than 1.2 million sq ft of retail and leisure units.
Earlier the month, it was revealed the development would also have a wide public space and an urban meadow, designed by landscape architects Gillespies.
Jonathan Wallis, of Arena Central Developments, said: "This is a hugely important step in the development of Arena Central and the creation of a truly mixed-use destination, featuring an office-led mixed use development, right in the heart of Birmingham city centre.
"Birmingham's stock on the global stage has never been higher and it is our intention to delivery a truly grade A office space that will continue to attract the very highest quality occupiers to the city and the region, which is particularly important now given the city's dearth of office stock.
"Our location adjacent to Centenary Square and fronting Broad Street makes this one of the most prominent active development sites in the city centre and the plans for 1 Arena Central are indicative of the exceedingly high level product that will feature across the development."
1 Arena Central has been designed by Ken Shuttleworth of Make Architects, the man behind The Cube.
Mr Shuttleworth added: "We are delighted to be working in Birmingham again. The opportunity to set the standard for Arena Central with the first office building and be able to contribute to one of the city's principal public spaces, Centenary Square, is just incredible."
Clearance work has already started with further demolition of the remaining buildings due to commence shortly.
Work on 1 Arena Central and the new public realm is set to start early next year and be completed by mid-2016. Joint commercial agents on the scheme are GVA and CBRE.