Woodbourne Group receive milestone Curzon Wharf planning

Investor and developer Woodbourne Group celebrates the decision as Curzon Wharf – the world’s first mixed-use net zero carbon ready Birmingham-based purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) development - has been backed by city planners.

CGI image of the Curzon Wharf PBSA development | PBSA News
CGI image of the Curzon Wharf PBSA development.

Woodbourne Group is celebrating Birmingham City Council planning committee’s decision to support the £360m Curzon Wharf development, which includes a PBSA scheme.

The 41 storey development will deliver with up to 732 units of student accommodation with operators already secured. The Curzon Wharf development aims to be the world’s first mixed-use net zero carbon development and is expected to boost Birmingham’s economy by at least £151m.

“We’ve worked hard to reach this point and it is incredibly satisfying to stand on the brink of delivering such a world class development for a city I’m proud to call home. I would like to thank the planning committee, our team and everyone else that has supported this scheme. We need to help power the economic recovery by facilitating investment, creating jobs and acting as a catalyst to further success.” 

Tani Dulay, Chief Executive, Woodbourne Group

Curzon Wharf has taken a massive step closer to becoming reality following a landmark decision by city planners after six years in the making. 

Woodbourne Group’s Curzon Wharf scheme will be located next to Aston University, Birmingham City University, and will be an eight-minute walk away to the new HS2 Curzon Street Station.

“Curzon Wharf is an exciting project for Birmingham and builds upon our ambition to be a greener and more sustainable city. Being home to the world’s first mixed-use net zero carbon ready development is something we’re immensely proud of and after six years in planning, we’re delighted that the £360 million development has been given the green light to rejuvenate a key gateway into the city, as well as becoming another key piece of the Birmingham skyline.”

Paul Kitson, Director of Place, Prosperity, and Sustainability, Birmingham City Council

The waterfront ecosystem has become one of the most intriguing UK developments since it was first announced in March 2021.

It is set to be developed in a key quarter of Birmingham city centre and will generate overn 1,000 jobs, as calculated by planning specialists Turley and CBRE.

“Birmingham is proud to have young entrepreneurs like Tani who have the persistence and enthusiasm to drive us towards a brighter and more sustainable future. His tireless efforts and unwavering commitment to creating the world’s first mixed-use net zero carbon ready development are a testament to his determination to make a difference.”

Andy Street, Mayor, West Midlands

The wider development also includes a Build to Rent apartment block which will stand 53 storeys high and will be Birmingham’s tallest tower and another residential element at 14 storeys tall.

The proposals also include shops and offices, as well as research and development and life sciences facilities.

These facilities will be featured on the 1m sq ft site, which is currently occupied by industrial units constructed in the 1960s.

“Curzon Wharf has the potential to catalyse growth and innovation in the West Midlands, not only creating jobs in it’s own right, but helping to drive regional investment as a flagship development that is a very visible beacon of the regions commitment to creating world class, sustainable, infrastructure.”

Neil Rami, Chief Executive, West Midlands Growth Company

The Curzon Wharf PBSA development will also include nearly 130,000 sq ft of office, R&D and life science space, over 3,000 sq ft of retail units, over 15,000 sq ft of leisure space, over 76,424 sq ft of new and improved public realm and 490 metres of new and improved walking and cycling routes.