Welcome to the public consultation for No1 Eastside Locks

Proposals for new student accommodation at No1 Eastside Locks are currently being developed by Alumno Developments ltd (Alumno), specialists in student accommodation development. You can find out more about Alumno here.

Alumno is currently undertaking a public consultation on the proposals and invites members of the public to provide feedback, through the online feedback form which can be found here.

The developing proposals are designed to reflect the aspiration for the area and the historical canal context and include:

  • Student accommodation
  • Business start-up/’Incubation’ premises to provide affordable office/studio space for post-graduates
  • New local retail floorspace

You can view more details on the proposals by clicking here.

Where is No1 Eastside Locks?

No1 Eastside Locks forms part of the site known as Eastside Locks, itself part of the wider Eastside Regeneration area in the heart of Birmingham. It is situated between the Digbeth Branch Canal and Lawley Middleway, close to the newly completed City Park and the proposed site of the recently consented Birmingham City University ‘City Centre Campus’ project.

The new BCU Eastside campus, which is part of a vision to create a Learning Quarter in the heart of the city, is progressing well. Phase 1 is now being built and is due to open in September 2013 and planning consent for Phase 2 has now been granted. No 1 Eastside Locks will deliver student accommodation as an ‘on campus’ offer with the new BCU campus, and more than 15,000 students, only around 3 minutes’ walk away from the site.

Eastside Locks Site Image

Left to right yellow buildings: City Park, BCU and No1 Eastside

Regeneration context

In 2008 the developers of Eastside Locks, Goodman, received outline planning consent for a mixed-use development scheme for the whole of Eastside Locks. With the outline consent in place, the next stage is to bring forward detailed planning applications for the various parts of the site. It is this stage that Alumno is now looking to bring forward for part of the site referred to as No1 Eastside Locks.

The redevelopment of No1 Eastside Locks represents a long-awaited early stage of the regeneration of the wider Eastside Locks area. The regeneration of Eastside Locks will provide an exciting opportunity to bring much desired vitality to a now derelict site in close proximity to, and integrating with, what will be the thriving new phases of the BCU City Centre Campus. Creating a vibrant new public realm through the opening up of the canal-side, the Eastside Locks masterplan focuses on generating investment in Birmingham; No1 Eastside Locks provides the perfect opportunity to make a part of that vision a reality.