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Birmingham skyline set for city's tallest building

Artist's impression of 100 Broad Street Credit: BPM

Plans to build Birmingham's tallest skyscraper have been approved.

Standing at 193 metres, Broad Street 100 will dwarf the city's current largest skyline feature, BT Tower, by around 40 metres.

It will also look down on Court Collaboration’s 51-storey One Eastside development given the green light last month.

The skyscraper will boast 503 'luxury' apartments, ground floor shops as well as a gym, cinema and workshop facilities for residents.

The building will boast a sky lounge Credit: BPM

Birmingham Council committee members were mainly supportive of the development, although Cllr Lou Robson expressed disappointment that only 25 of the new apartments would be for affordable housing – a five percent provision compared to the council policy of 35 percent.

"We hear this is going to be quite a unique building, certainly in terms of engineering.

While I find that interesting it’s a shame that this level of affordable housing can’t be accommodated.

If we are making significant buildings it would be very nice to think that all of the population could live in them."

– Cllr Lou Robson

Cllr Gareth Moore praised the scheme and said that the design of the tower was broken up to avoid it looking like a ‘giant tall box’.

Although he did bemoan the lack of any car parking spaces provided.

Cllr Mike Ward expressed ‘surprise’ that the current ‘nice, modern-looking’ office building at the site was to be demolished and said he was ‘not convinced at all’ by the plans.

The council’s design officers had previously complimented the proposal, saying the building would create an ‘architectural statement’ in Birmingham.

Artist's impression of inside 100 Broad Street Credit: BPM

Construction will go ahead once Birmingham Airport are sure it won't be a risk to aeroplanes.