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Midgard to build Birmingham’s tallest skyscraper

by Sion Geschwindt
Midgard to build Birmingham's tallest skyscraper

JRL Midgard has been selected as the main contractor for Birmingham’s tallest skyscraper.

One Eastside, a 51-storey residential development by Court Collaboration next to the Curzon Street HS2 station in Birmingham, is set to be 154 metres tall.

Court Collaboration secured £200m earlier this month to deliver the project.

Designed by Glancy Nicholls Architects, the build-to-rent scheme will contain 667 apartments, residential gardens and courtyards, a gym, cinema, and a sky lounge on the 51st floor.

It is being built on a brownfield site that was formerly a chemical engineering teaching facility for Birmingham Metropolitan College.

Birmingham's tallest skyscraper

Building services engineer Couch Perry Wilkes (CPW), working on the project since 2018, said that the design presented “a range of challenges, in particular when considering fire prevention and ventilation”.

The height of the building also meant engaging with the Civil Aviation Authority and Birmingham Airport to raise the height of the Instrument Flight Procedure (IFP) for the whole of Birmingham.

CPW associate director, Paul Titmus, said: “The project has taken four years to reach this stage, so we are delighted to continue our involvement in the next stage of this landmark building’s development.

“One Eastside firmly puts CPW on the map and we’re really proud to be working alongside Court Collaboration to bring this vision to life. 

“The development will have a hugely positive impact on the area and will remain a very visible addition to Birmingham’s skyline; it’s a testament to where the city is headed in the future.” 

One Eastside is expected to complete by Q3 2026. 

Image: CGI of One Eastside in Birmingham (credit: Court Collaboration)

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