Selly Oak, Elliott Road, Birmingham, UK - Construction with Community

Creation of a sustainable new purpose-built student accommodation development of 523 bedrooms, adjacent the Worcester and Birmingham canal.


Units 5-9 Selly Oak Industrial Estate

Elliott Road, Selly Oak

Birmingham, B29 6LR

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Developer: The Watkin Jones Group (*Elliott Road Selly Oak Ltd*)

Architects: Glenn Howells Architects

Structural Engineer: Westlakes


Planning Consultant: Arcadis

Operator: Fresh Student Living

Communications: BECG


In brief

Watkins Jones Group is free to demolish units 5-8 at Selly Oak Industrial Estate and develop the site with sustainable purpose-built student accommodation totaling 523 bedrooms.

Set around a large landscaped central courtyard, and a galvanised canal, Glenn Howells’ BREAAM ‘excellent’ scheme will see the creation of two new buildings.

11 four-storey townhouses are to be built along Elliott Road, while a main 4-6 storey will wrap around the remaining three sides of the site, with the scheme combining 388 cluster bedrooms and 135 studios, including 14 accessible studios.

Providing an attractive green focus throughout, the scheme demonstrates its high sustainability credentials by providing a vast 2,500 sq.m centralised courtyard garden & space overlooking a revitalised canal - offering students plenty of space to study or unwind.

Additional amenities include a gymnasium, study areas, and lounges.

A car-free scheme, cycles for 176 are to be implemented to promote sustainable travel.


Crucial new improvements will be made on the canal towpath, as well as on the Bristol Road bridge. This includes a widened towpath, increased visibility and new lighting – ultimately bringing new prosperity to the canal and its new area of public realm.

With a CIL payment of c.800K, other improvements could include £60,000 of S106 funding going to Birmingham City Council that would deliver improvements to Selly Oak Park.

To facilitate development, Revolution Gymnastics - currently residing on-site - would need to be adequately relocated - a process now well advanced.


Project dates

08 Jan 2021 - On-going


Construction & regeneration, Health & wellbeing, Modern Architecture
Landscape architecture

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