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Work begins on Birmingham’s tallest tower

The construction of Birmingham’s tallest office tower, 103 Colmore Row, is underway.

Main contractor BAM Construction has been working with developer Sterling Property Ventures for the last six months. Following site surveys, a period of pre-construction design, and substructure works, a team of 20 from BAM is now based permanently on site, along with teams of sub-contractors.

A tower crane* was erected at the site over the course of three days by Radius Crane Management. Currently at 67m, this will be extended to 100m during the course of the build. A second crane will be installed in the New Year.

The £80million tower will be 26 storeys, with the apex 246m above sea level. A double height ‘lantern’ restaurant, lit up at night, is also planned for the top floor, making the building visible from miles around the city. Completion of 103 Colmore Row, which includes 223,631 sq ft of office space, is scheduled for January, 2021.

Andrew Hawkins, development manager at Sterling Property Ventures, said: “After all the planning, preparation and procurement, it’s great to finally put a spade in the ground and crack on with this much-anticipated project.

“It will be a real asset to Birmingham, which is currently enjoying a purple patch of development and investment.”

*Manitowoc Potain MR 295 H16 Luffing Jib Tower Crane, equipped with a 45m jib lifting 4450kg at maximum radius (45m) and 15600kg out to 22.7m

103 Colmore Row will be a dominant building on the Birmingham skyline

103 Colmore Row will tower over the business district and its lantern restaurant will be visible for miles