Work on one of the city's tallest buildings is finally set to start next month - more than a year after planning permission was granted.
A demolition contractor has been appointed to go into the Beorma Quarter site in Digbeth to clear some of the derelict buildings and overgrown shrubbery and trees.
Construction work, originally due to start in early 2016, is then expected to commence in September following completion of demolition and archaeological works although it is understood no contractor has been formally appointed at this stage.
Phase one of the Beorma Quarter, whose origins date back around a decade, was completed in summer 2015 with the opening of a new 108-bedroom Adagio apart-hotel and revamped Digbeth Cold Storage as offices, now under offer to occupiers.
The second phase includes a 30-storey tower, with 125 apartments and offices opposite the Selfridges department store, which will become the city's third tallest building after the BT Tower and Radisson Blu hotel.
Phase three comprises two further office and residential blocks, of 14 and seven storeys respectively, on land off Well Lane at the rear of the site.
This will contain 69 apartments while a further four live/work units and public space will complete the project.
The plans include the refurbishment of the locally listed 135-136 Digbeth and 137 Digbeth, which will be converted into retail space, and the retention of the main Digbeth street façade of the locally listed 138-139 Digbeth.
Planning permission was granted for these next phases back in December 2015.
Birmingham City Council has agreed in principle to the making of a compulsory purchase order for land required for phase three if needed by the developers.
Council leader Coun John Clancy said: "It's great news that the next phases of the Beorma Quarter scheme are proceeding and that work is likely to begin later this year on another exciting chapter in the regeneration of this part of Birmingham, in particular the construction of 194 residential units to boost the city’s housing stock."
The project has suffered a troubled journey as challenging market conditions and the complex nature of the site mean it has been beset by delays.
Proposals for the Beorma Quarter date back to before the recession and a previous planning permission awarded in 2009 contained plans for a 27-storey block.
Kuwait-based developer Salhia Investments, which is leading the project, and its representative in the UK had not responded to requests for further comment at the time of publication.