£26 million contract

Interserve has started work on a £26 million contract to design and build a 16-storey, 206- unit apartment building in central Birmingham. The project, known as ‘The Lansdowne’, is a joint venture between real estate manager Long Harbour and property investment group Seven Capital, which will own the development when it is complete in 2019.

The site, located at Hagley Road, on the western side of Central Birmingham, has full planning permission for 139 one-bedroom, 63 two-bedroom and four, three-bedroom apartments together with a two-storey 77 space car park. The building’s residents will also benefit from a concierge service, cycle storage, gym and a café.

Gordon Kew, Managing Director at Interserve, said: “Birmingham is currently going through a huge transformation with large areas of the city being regenerated. As part of this, the private rented sector is showing the potential for real growth.”

Two-storey height windows will be formed in curtain walling to achieve a weather tight finish, while the building will also be served by a lowlevel structural steel frame car park to the rear.