Birmingham-based residential developer and investor Sama Investments has received planning approval to develop the Garrison Circus scheme. The site is currently vacant and unoccupied.
Delivered across four blocks, the scheme will deliver over 710 student beds and 546 affordable new homes. This will include the retention of the former Myona Building, historically home to Jacobs Biscuits, which will be converted into flexible amenity space.
A landmark 37-storey building will also be delivered, acting as a new gateway into the city centre. As part of the transformation, on-site amenities could include shops, cafes, or a dedicated space to support the local arts industry. This will help create a link to Digbeth’s strengths as a centre for culture and creativity, alongside shops and other uses.
Designed by architects TP Bennett, Garrison Circus is set to feature new outdoor courtyards and public open spaces, creating an attractive area for the whole community. The plans include connected green spaces, biodiverse terrace gardens, pocket parks, and pedestrianised streets.
“Garrison Circus will transform an underutilised brownfield site to unlock a new gateway into Digbeth, whilst also supporting the wider regeneration of the area. Not only will we deliver much-needed new homes and support the vibrancy of nearby universities, but our plans offer street-level community uses and green space for existing residents in the area to enjoy.
“We’ve worked closely with Birmingham City Council and other partners to ensure this exciting project delivers true value for the area. We look forward to continuing our progress with the city and our partners to deliver Garrison Circus – and the wider regeneration of Digbeth – over the coming years, driving local growth, and creating hundreds of jobs in the process.”Paul Squire, Chief Executive, Sama Investments