Harris Lamb’s team of planning consultants have achieved planning permission to convert an historic building in the heart of Colmore Business District into student accommodation.

The Grade II* Listed Building, 89-91 Cornwall Street, will be transformed into 26 studio flats following a unanimous vote in favour of the planning and listed building applications for its conversion from councillors last week.

89-91 Cornwall St. Pic credit: Birmingham Post

89-91 Cornwall St. Pic credit: Birmingham Post

The business was acting on behalf of owner Baljit Bhandal, who bought the building in 2008. Mr Bhandal has worked with Shropshire-based architects Arrol & Snell to devise the project.


Sam Silcocks

Sam Silcocks, of Harris Lamb Planning Consultancy, said: “This is a great result, both for us and developers, and the city’s huge student population.

“The site has such a great location, being close to the University College Birmingham campus based around Newhall Street and Summer Row and a short walk to both Aston University and Birmingham City University.

“It is a great thing to see such a significant historical building in the heart of the city being given a new lease of life rather than sitting vacant, which it has done for the past eight years. The conversion to student accommodation kept the requirement for internal alterations to a minimum, thereby securing a sensitive conversion. This being particularly important given the Grade II* Status of the building that only a very small percentage of Listed Buildings achieve.”

Conversion work on the four-storey building will begin immediately, with the owner aiming to have the project completed by September 2017 in readiness for the next academic year.

Sam added: “This decision is a result of the team’s on-going negotiations with the Council and will bring this important heritage asset back into active use, thereby preserving its significance for years to come.”