The first phase of the two-tower Left Bank Development project in central Birmingham is now underway, with construction of the Left Bank Residential Tower having begun late last year. Composed of a hotel and residential tower, the development has already begun to transform the local cityscape, where the historic town centre has long been home to a mix of historic and modern structures. 

Left Bank Residential Tower, image by Flickr user Elliott Brown via Creative Commons

Designed by local firm Glancy Nicholls Architects for local developer Regal Property Group, the 22-storey, 189-unit residential tower will include ground-floor retail and will share a public realm outdoor element with the adjacent hotel. The two-phase development will occupy the back lot of an historic Georgian-Era building (currently a fast food restaurant), and is located in close proximity to the city centre. 

Left Bank Residential Tower, image via Glancy Nicholls Architects

Following the completion of the residential tower, construction will begin on the slightly shorter 18-storey, 180-bed Innside Hotel, which will front directly onto busy Broad Street. The hotel's main entrance will be adjacent to that of the former fast food restaurant that will be retained on the property next door. At £40 million, the entire Left Bank Development is expected to make a solid return. Its prime location, within easy walking distance of the major sites and landmarks of central Birmingham, is sure to be a major selling feature for residents and hotel guests alike. 

Left Back Innside Hotel, image via Glancy Nicholls Architects

Slated for completion in 2018, the Left Bank Residential Tower will be a welcome addition to the neighbourhood. The eventual arrival of the adjacent hotel will round out the project nicely, transforming the corner of Broad Street and Oozells Way from a long under-utilized car park. 

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Related Companies:  Glancy Nicholls Architects, Regal Property Group