More Birmingham MPs and business leaders supporting city’s world first zero carbon development project

Additional political and leading business leaders have been quick to support Woodbourne Group’s plans to construct the world’s first mixed net zero carbon* development in Birmingham.

The £360 million development will feature the city’s tallest building at 172m (564ft) and could create more than 1,000 jobs and bring a £150 million plus boost to the Birmingham economy.

Preet Kaur Gill, MP for Edgbaston in Birmingham, said: “With HS2 and the Commonwealth Games on the horizon, it will bring fantastic investment opportunities to Birmingham.

“I’m delighted to see the Woodbourne Group’s Curzon Wharf plan moving forwards as it marks a major change from previous approaches. Not only will the plan create new jobs and homes for the local area but most importantly, it will set a new benchmark for sustainable development and inclusive building.

“For me, it is so important that we learn the lessons that the pandemic has taught us. So, to see issues like mental health being put front and centre into plans and design is fantastic and is exactly what the city needs.”

Robert van Zyl, Birmingham managing partner of building engineering and design consultants Cundall, said: “Achieving net zero carbon is not easy, but it is the right thing to do.  It is therefore wonderful to see Curzon Wharf setting out from the very first steps to achieve this ambitious goal.

“Woodbourne Group are leaders of the movement to develop Birmingham sustainably, and working with them to deliver the city’s first mixed use net zero carbon development is an exciting prospect.”

Neil Rami, chief executive of the West Midlands Growth Company, said: “Curzon Wharf has the potential to catalyse growth and innovation in the West Midlands, not only creating jobs in its own right, but helping to drive regional investment as a flagship development that is a very visible beacon of the region’s commitment to creating world-class, sustainable infrastructure.”

Andy Wilkinson, chair of the Institute of Directors, Greater Birmingham, said: “This is a superb and exciting investment in the city, creating up to 1,000 new jobs and boosting the city economy by upwards of £150 million, proving Birmingham has all the levers for growth and a catalyst for business, education and retail.

“Curzon Wharf will provide all the essential tools to connect, develop and influence business within and across our great city and further afield.”

Tani Dulay, chief executive of Woodbourne Group, said: “Birmingham is now at a turning point and our generation has the opportunity to transform the city into one of the most civilised, sustainable and leading cities in the world. The support received by Curzon Wharf is a reflection of that. We need to work together to not only ensure Birmingham bounces back from the Covid-19 pandemic, but it does so powering ahead of our regional competitors.”

“We are already seeing the impact the 2022 Commonwealth Games and the launch of HS2 will have on Birmingham, but those are only two elements of a much bigger story.

“Recent announcements such as the decision by contemporary arts education provider BIMM to open two new colleges in Birmingham this year, close by the major film studios expansion planned by Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight, is further evidence of why the 2020s are going to be a fantastic decade for young people to study, work and relax in this city.”

Curzon Wharf is the subject of a public consultation period beginning on Friday 12 March and running for two weeks to 26 March. Representations to Birmingham City Council can be made at

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* A net zero carbon building is a building that is highly energy efficient and fully powered from on-site and/or off-site renewable energy sources.

Curzon Wharf Key Statistics

  • £360 million gross development value
  • 993,046 sq ft sq ft in total
  • Tallest building in Birmingham – 53 storeys (172m, 564 ft) with 498 units of built-to-rent accommodation
  • 41 storeys with up to 732 units of purpose-built student accommodation
  • 14 storeys with up to 265 units of co-living space.
  • Nearly 130,000 sq ft of office, R&D and life science space
  • Over 3,000 sq ft of retail space
  • Over 15,000 sq ft of leisure space
  • 76,424 sq ft of new and improved public realm
  • 490m of new and improved walking and cycling routes

For further information, contact:

Tani Dulay, Chief Executive, Woodbourne Group, Woodbourne House, 10 Harborne Road, Birmingham B15 3AA

0121 454 7592

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Editors’ Notes

Woodbourne Group is a real estate investor and developer based in Birmingham with 130 years’ combined experience. It currently has a development pipeline worth over £400 million and the end value of combined development created now exceeds £5 billion.