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Second crane towers above Birmingham skyline

A second tower crane has been erected at 103 Colmore Row in readiness for the start of construction of the 26-storey office building’s steel frame.

The 26 metre tall crane, which sits on top of the building’s 105 metre concrete core, is the highest crane in Birmingham, at 131 metres above the ground and 300 metres above sea level. It was installed by specialist tower crane company Radius Group.

The first tower crane (TC1) will continue to operate on site but will be reduced in height by 15 metres to maximise efficiency.

With the second tower crane now in situ, work can begin on the next phase of construction. More than 2,200 tonnes of steel will be used to build the steel frame of the building and will take around 36 weeks to complete.

Andrew Hawkins, development director at Sterling Property Ventures, joint developers of 103 Colmore Row with Tristan Capital Partners, said: “We’re entering a really exciting phase of the construction of the building. With the steel frame work about to begin, 103 Colmore Row will really start to take shape over the coming weeks and months.”

103 Colmore Row will comprise 223,631 sq ft of office space over 26 floors, and 7,665 sq ft of restaurant space on the ground and top floors. At 346ft/105.5m high, with the apex 246m above sea level, it is the tallest new office building under construction outside London.

Designed by architects Doone Silver Kerr, the landmark building features a winter garden, 18th floor terrace and multi-purpose lobby business lounges. It is scheduled to be completed in the first half of 2021.

The office space is being marketed by joint agents Colliers International, Cushman & Wakefield and Knight Frank.