Planning approval for 140,000 sq ft speculative office building in Birmingham

1 Arena Central, Make Architects

1 Arena Central, Make Architects

Birmingham City Council has awarded planning permission to a Make-designed speculative office building in the city’s Centenary Square.

The 140,000 sq ft 1 Arena Central building is the first phase of a wider 2.3 million sq ft mixed-use scheme by developer Arena Central Developments, a joint venture between Bridgehouse Capital and Miller Developments.

Clearance work on the site is underway with further demolition of the remaining buildings due to commence shortly and work on 1 Arena Central and the new public realm set to start in early 2015.

The scheme is one of the first major speculative office developments outside the capital to get the go-ahead since the beginning of the economic recovery last year.