Residential scheme on former Powergen site could be up to five-foot taller - The Solihull Observer

Residential scheme on former Powergen site could be up to five-foot taller

Solihull Editorial 24th Apr, 2017   0

THE MAJOR new residential scheme being built on the former Powergen site in Shirley could be up to five-foot taller.

The site. was was vacated over 20 years ago, is being transformed into a 261-apartment ExtraCare retirement village, 113 new homes by Lioncourt Homes and a petrol filling station.

Developers have handed an application to Solihull Council to increase the height of the lower blocks by 2ft 5inches and the tallest block of 13 storeys high by 5ft ‘to accommodate the required ventilation ductwork and service containment.’

The height of the buildings was an issue in inital the planning stages although overall the approved plans were slightly lower than the existing building and this application is being asked to be treated as a minor variation.




Documents handed to the Council state: “During on-going design development the M&E Consultant has advised that the horizontal service voids throughout the building need to be larger in order to accommodate the required ventilation ductwork and service containment.

“As such, we are seeking a relatively minor increase to the approved building height – and request that the following be included as a revised condition.”


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