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The BT Tower. At 152 metres, the tallest structure in Birmingham since its construction in 1966.
Holloway Circus Tower Birmingham (cropped)
10 Holloway Circus. The tallest habitable building in Birmingham at 122 metres, completed in 2006.

This list of the tallest buildings and structures in Birmingham ranks buildings and structures in the city of Birmingham by height.

Birmingham currently has six structures completed at a height of 100 metres or more and a further two towers above 100 metres under construction. At (8), this is the third highest number of high rises of any metropolitan area in the United Kingdom after Greater London (over 150) and Greater Manchester (20).

The first structure to reach a height of 100 metres was the Joseph Chamberlain Memorial Clock Tower constructed in 1908 and located in the Bournbrook area of the city.

However, further high-rise development in Birmingham did not begin until the post war development of the 1960s and 1970s as a means to house a high number of residents in and around the city core. During this period two further high rise buildings over 100 metres were constructed - the 152 metre BT Tower which remains the tallest structure in Central Birmingham to this day and the 100 metre Alpha Tower.

High rise development slowed during the 1980s and early 1990s, with few significant proposals coming to fruition. However the turn of the 21st century saw a renewed interested in high rise buildings in Central Birmingham with numerous tall proposals being brought forward. The 122 metre 10 Holloway Circus became the tallest habitable building in Birmingham when completed in 2006 and helped to begin a coherent cluster with the nearby BT Tower and Alpha Tower developments. However due to economic factors and a conservative policy towards tall buildings from Birmingham City Council, the majority of these proposals failed to come to fruition with examples such as the 201 metre Regal Tower and the 200 metre VTP tower never being built.

Unlike some other cities in the United Kingdom, Birmingham has historically had a strict attitude towards approval of high rise buildings. One reason for this is due to the fact Central Birmingham is located on a 110 metre sandstone ridge and as a result, the Civil Aviation Authority has previously imposed a maximum building height limit at 242 metres. Typically, all proposed high rise buildings therefore need consultation with Birmingham airport and any proposed skyscraper over 175 metres need further consultation with the CAA.

This cautious attitude has again abated somewhat in recent years with a number of tall buildings approved centred mainly in two distinct areas of the city - Westside and Eastside. These approved developments will join the central business district in creating a number of tower clusters in the city and include the first four official habitable skyscrapers in Birmingham.

In the Westside of Central Birmingham the 132 metre The Mercian residential tower is currently under construction and will become the tallest habitable building in Central Birmingham when completed in 2022. This could be surpassed by the approved nearby 193 metre 100 Broad Street residential tower which would overtake the BT Tower as the tallest building in the city. If built, this tower will become the third tallest building in the United Kingdom outside London, however with the site currently up for sale the viability of this project is currently unclear. Other significant developments in the Westside include the recently completed 102 metre The Bank Tower as well as the approved 117 metre 211 Broad Street and 100 metre Axis Square residential developments.

The Eastside of Central Birmingham will be home to the 155 metre approved One Eastside residential skyscraper due for completion in 2024. This tower will be joined by two more approved residential towers - the 123 metre tower in Glasswater locks and the 111 metre Exchange Square tower. However these two areas are not the only areas of Central Birmingham that will join the central core in significant developments moving into the 2020s. Digbeth will see a number of significant developments including the proposed 146 metre Irish Centre tower, the approved 113 metre Beorma Quarter residential tower as well as smaller developments including the proposed 98 metre Stone Yard tower.

Already home to a number of the city's tallest buildings, the central business district itself will also see a number of new developments in the coming years including the proposed 155 metre Octagon tower at the Paradise redevelopment site. If built the Octagon would become the world's tallest octagonal shaped residential building.

If all future proposals come to fruition, Birmingham will contain well over 140 buildings over 50 metres tall as well as 20 high rises above 100 metres and 4 skyscrapers above 150 metres. At (20), this is the third highest number of high rises over 100 metres in the United Kingdom either built, under construction or proposed after Greater London (over 250) and Greater Manchester (45).

The Westside area of the city is the most prominent location for tall proposals with 5 either built, under construction or proposed, followed by the Central Business District (4) and Eastside (3).

Tallest buildings and structures

This list ranks externally complete Birmingham buildings and free-standing structures that stand more than 50 metres (164 ft) tall, based on standard height measurement. This includes spires and architectural details but does not include antenna masts. An equals sign (=) following a rank indicates the same height between two or more buildings. The "Year" column indicates the year in which a building was completed. Buildings that have been demolished are not included.

Rank Name Use Image Height (m) Height (ft) Floors Year District Coordinates Notes
1 BT Tower Telecommunication BT Tower Birmingham reflection.png 152 499 N/A 1966 Jewellery Quarter
52°29′01″N 1°54′15″W / 52.483547°N 1.904303°W / 52.483547; -1.904303
2 10 Holloway Circus Hotel/Residential Holloway Circus Tower Birmingham (cropped).JPG 122 397 39 2005 Southside
52°28′31″N 1°54′01″W / 52.475406°N 1.900164°W / 52.475406; -1.900164
3 103 Colmore Row Office 103 Colmore Row.jpg 108 354 26 2020 Colmore Business District
4 The Bank Tower 2 Residential The Bank Tower 2.jpg 102 335 33 2019 Westside
52°28′33″N 1°54′50″W / 52.475903°N 1.913821°W / 52.475903; -1.913821
5= Joseph Chamberlain Memorial Clock Tower Clock Tower Old Joe Aerial.jpg 100 329 N/A 1908 Edgbaston
52°26′59″N 1°55′50″W / 52.449844°N 1.930674°W / 52.449844; -1.930674
Alpha Tower Office Alpha Tower 2014.jpg 100 328 28 1973 Westside
52°28′43″N 1°54′23″W / 52.478611°N 1.906389°W / 52.478611; -1.906389
7= Orion Building Residential Orion Building.jpg 90 295 28 2007 City Centre
52°28′39″N 1°54′08″W / 52.477486°N 1.902353°W / 52.477486; -1.902353
Clydesdale Tower Residential Clydesdale Tower (Sentinels).jpg 90 295 32 1972 Southside
52°28′28″N 1°54′05″W / 52.47449°N 1.90132°W / 52.47449; -1.90132
Cleveland Tower Residential Clydesdale Tower Birmingham.jpg 90 295 32 1971 Southside
52°28′28″N 1°54′05″W / 52.47449°N 1.90132°W / 52.47449; -1.90132
Three Snowhill Office 90 290 18 2019 Colmore Business District
52°29′05″N 1°53′58″W / 52.484700°N 1.899316°W / 52.484700; -1.899316
11= The Rotunda Residential The Rotunda, near Birmingham rail station, England (Crop).jpg 81 266 23 1965 City Centre
52°28′42″N 1°53′43″W / 52.478342°N 1.895389°W / 52.478342; -1.895389
Allegro Exchange Square 1 Tower 3 Residential 81 266 23 2019 Eastside
52°28′57″N 1°53′30″W / 52.482441°N 1.891659°W / 52.482441; -1.891659
13= Aston Place (Arena Central) Residential 80 262 26 2019 Westside
52°28′41″N 1°54′20″W / 52.478097°N 1.905604°W / 52.478097; -1.905604
Tyseley Energy from Waste Plant Chimney 80 262 N/A 1996 Tyseley
52°27′34″N 1°50′36″W / 52.459382°N 1.843248°W / 52.459382; -1.843248
15= Onyx, Lancaster Circus Student Accommodation 76 250 24 2020 Gun Quarter
Centre City Tower Office Centre City Tower.jpg 76 249 21 1975 Southside
52°28′34″N 1°53′55″W / 52.476017°N 1.898503°W / 52.476017; -1.898503
Five Ways Tower Office (vacant) Five Ways Tower (Derelict).jpg 76 249 22 1979 Five Ways & Hagley Road
52°28′17″N 1°54′59″W / 52.471317°N 1.916328°W / 52.471317; -1.916328
18= Hyatt Regency Hotel Hyatt Regency Birmingham.jpg 75 246 24 1990 Westside
52°28′41″N 1°54′32″W / 52.477933°N 1.908907°W / 52.477933; -1.908907
Two Snowhill Office Two Snowhill Birmingham Dec 2012.JPG 75 246 15 2013 Colmore Business District
52°28′41″N 1°54′32″W / 52.477933°N 1.908907°W / 52.477933; -1.908907
20 3 Arena Central Office Three Arena Central.jpg 73 239 14 2020 Westside
21 1 Snow Hill Plaza Hotel Snow Hill Plaza -Birmingham -UK.JPG 72 236 20 1973 Colmore Business District
52°29′05″N 1°53′54″W / 52.484831°N 1.898317°W / 52.484831; -1.898317
22 The Cube Mixed-use The Cube Birmingham.jpg 71 231 23 2010 Westside
52°28′30″N 1°54′25″W / 52.4750°N 1.9070°W / 52.4750; -1.9070
23= Londonderry House Residential/Car Park Londonderry House, Unite Building, Birmingham.jpg 70 230 21 City Centre
52°28′56″N 1°53′34″W / 52.482236°N 1.892894°W / 52.482236; -1.892894
Colmore Gate Office Colmore Gate from Colmore Row.jpg 70 230 15 1992 Colmore Business District
52°28′57″N 1°53′49″W / 52.482403°N 1.897078°W / 52.482403; -1.897078
Quayside Tower Office Quayside Tower.jpg 70 230 18 1965 Westside
52°28′38″N 1°54′40″W / 52.477231°N 1.911008°W / 52.477231; -1.911008
26= The McLaren Building Office McLaren Building 1.jpg 69 226 21 1972 Eastside
52°28′55″N 1°53′32″W / 52.482072°N 1.892308°W / 52.482072; -1.892308
One Hagley Road Office One Hagley Road.jpg 69 226 19 1974 Five Ways & Hagley Road
52°28′23″N 1°55′11″W / 52.473181°N 1.919614°W / 52.473181; -1.919614
28 The Bank Tower 1 Residential Bank Tower 1, Birmingham.jpeg 68 223 22 2019 Westside
29 Midland Building Office 67 220 17 1967 City Centre
52°28′36″N 1°54′01″W / 52.476578°N 1.900378°W / 52.476578; -1.900378
30 Bank House Office 66 217 20 1967 Colmore Business District
52°28′49″N 1°53′51″W / 52.480397°N 1.897538°W / 52.480397; -1.897538
31 Brindley House Mixed Brindley House.jpg 65 213 18 1967 Jewellery Quarter
52°29′01″N 1°54′18″W / 52.483602°N 1.905036°W / 52.483602; -1.905036
32= Fifty4 Hagley Road Office Fifty4 Hagley Road.jpg 64 210 18 1976 Five Ways & Hagley Road
52°28′18″N 1°55′27″W / 52.471680°N 1.924188°W / 52.471680; -1.924188
Hampton by Hilton Birmingham Broad Street - Cumberland House Hotel Cumberland House Hilton Birmingham.jpg 64 210 18 1964 Westside
52°28′30″N 1°54′50″W / 52.475069°N 1.913881°W / 52.475069; -1.913881
Chamberlain Hall - The Vale Student Accommodation 64 210 21 2015 Edgbaston
52°27′47″N 1°55′21″W / 52.463140°N 1.922594°W / 52.463140; -1.922594
35= Centenary Plaza Residential / Hotel Centenary Plaza Birmingham.jpg 63 207 20 2002 Westside
52°28′36″N 1°54′25″W / 52.476567°N 1.906872°W / 52.476567; -1.906872
Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Tower 1 Public Facility New Queen Elizabeth Hospital 3a.jpg 63 207 14 2010 Edgbaston
52°27′06″N 1°56′35″W / 52.451767°N 1.943083°W / 52.451767; -1.943083
Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Tower 2 Public Facility 63 207 14 2010
52°27′06″N 1°56′35″W / 52.451767°N 1.943083°W / 52.451767; -1.943083
Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Tower 3 Public Facility 63 207 14 2010
52°27′06″N 1°56′35″W / 52.451767°N 1.943083°W / 52.451767; -1.943083
39= Muirhead Tower University Muirhead Tower Refurb.jpg 62 203 15 1971 Edgbaston
52°27′06″N 1°55′46″W / 52.451727°N 1.929350°W / 52.451727; -1.929350
Cobalt Square (Hagley House) Office Cobalt Square.jpg 62 203 17 1965 Five Ways & Hagley Road
52°28′21″N 1°55′21″W / 52.472493°N 1.922618°W / 52.472493; -1.922618
41= Holiday Inn Express Birmingham City Centre Hotel Holiday Inn Express Birmingham City Centre.jpg 61 201 18 2017 Westside
52°28′39″N 1°54′24″W / 52.477412°N 1.906697°W / 52.477412; -1.906697
St Martin in the Bull Ring Place of Worship Digbeth GWKWalk 1110.jpg 61 200 N/A 1855 City Centre
52°28′37″N 1°53′37″W / 52.477045°N 1.893508°W / 52.477045; -1.893508
Trident House Residential 61 200 19 1981 Westside
52°28′31″N 1°54′41″W / 52.475359°N 1.911472°W / 52.475359; -1.911472
Jurys Inn Hotel Jury's Inn Birmingham.jpg 61 200 18 1975 Westside
52°28′36″N 1°54′41″W / 52.476729°N 1.911498°W / 52.476729; -1.911498
45= Library of Birmingham Library Library of Birmingham reflected.jpg 60 197 10 2013 Westside
52°28′47″N 1°54′31″W / 52.479772°N 1.908491°W / 52.479772; -1.908491
James Watt and William Murdoch Residences Residential William Murdoch and James Watt Residences.jpg 60 197 18 2010 Eastside
52°29′07″N 1°53′19″W / 52.485224°N 1.888473°W / 52.485224; -1.888473
Mary Sturge and Harriet Martineau Residences Residential 60 197 18 2013 Eastside
52°29′05″N 1°53′29″W / 52.484602°N 1.891371°W / 52.484602; -1.891371
University Locks (No.1 Eastside Locks) Student Accommodation Eastside Locks.jpg 60 197 17 2016 Eastside
52°29′00″N 1°52′51″W / 52.483345°N 1.880894°W / 52.483345; -1.880894
49= Briarley Residential 59 194 21 1966 West Bromwich
Temple Point Office Temple Point Clock.jpg 59 194 14 1962 City Centre
Lloyd House Office Lloyd House Refurb.jpg 59 194 13 1964 Colmore Business District
52°29′02″N 1°53′51″W / 52.483769°N 1.897378°W / 52.483769; -1.897378
Lyndon House Office 59 194 17 1964 Five Ways & Hagley Road
11 Brindleyplace Office 11 Brindleyplace Birmingham.jpeg 59 194 13 2008 Westside
52°28′36″N 1°54′51″W / 52.476714°N 1.914253°W / 52.476714; -1.914253
54= One Centenary Square Office One Centenary Square.jpg 58 190 11 2018 Westside
52°28′43″N 1°54′25″W / 52.4787°N 1.9070°W / 52.4787; -1.9070
Park Regis Birmingham (formerly Auchinleck House) Hotel Park Regis Birmingham.jpg 58 190 16 1964 Westside
52°28′22″N 1°55′01″W / 52.472875°N 1.916957°W / 52.472875; -1.916957
Church of St Peter and St Paul Place of Worship Aston Church - geograph.org.uk - 1190057.jpg 58 190 N/A 1480 Aston
52°30′25″N 1°52′48″W / 52.507069°N 1.879999°W / 52.507069; -1.879999
Barry Jackson Tower Residential 58 190 20 1972 Aston
Unite Students, Battery Park Student accommodation 58 190 15 2019 Selly Oak
52°30′25″N 1°52′48″W / 52.507069°N 1.879999°W / 52.507069; -1.879999
59= One Snowhill Mixed One Snowhill.jpg 57 187 12 2009 Colmore Business District
52°29′01″N 1°53′54″W / 52.483597°N 1.898223°W / 52.483597; -1.898223
City Centre House Mixed 57 187 13 1965 City Centre
52°28′45″N 1°53′45″W / 52.479285°N 1.895968°W / 52.479285; -1.895968
Pritchett Tower Residential 57 187 20 1971 Small Heath
Brinklow Tower Residential 57 187 20 1967 Highgate
Wilmcote Tower Residential 57 187 20 1967
Studley Tower Residential 57 187 20 1969
Salisbury Tower Residential 57 187 20 1968 Ladywood
Canterbury Tower Residential 57 187 20 1967
Durham Tower Residential 57 187 20 1970
Wickets Tower Residential Wickets Tower - Pershore Road, Edgbaston 57 187 20 1967 Edgbaston
52°27′22″N 1°54′26″W / 52.456043°N 1.907304°W / 52.456043; -1.907304
Century Tower Residential 57 187 20 1968
52°27′22″N 1°54′32″W / 52.456155°N 1.908839°W / 52.456155; -1.908839
Victor Tower Residential 57 187 20 1969 Nechells
Hodgson Tower Residential 57 187 20 1971 Newtown
72 Methodist Central Hall Mixed-use Methodist Central Hall, Corporation Street, Birmingham (geograph 3534105).jpg 56 185 3 1904 Eastside
73 The Church of St Augustine of Hippo Place of Worship St Augustine Edgbaston.jpg 56 185 3 1868 Edgbaston
74= Three Brindleyplace Mixed Three Brindleyplace.jpg 55 180 13 1998 Westside
52°28′42″N 1°54′48″W / 52.478393°N 1.913238°W / 52.478393; -1.913238
Hive Residential Hive Birmingham.jpg 55 179 15 2011 Eastside
52°28′54″N 1°53′22″W / 52.481591°N 1.889355°W / 52.481591; -1.889355
76= The Colmore Building Office Colmore Plaza vertical.jpg 54 177 14 2008 Colmore Business District
52°29′01″N 1°53′45″W / 52.483665°N 1.895918°W / 52.483665; -1.895918
Albany House Mixed 54 177 12 1962 Southside
78= The Lansdowne Residential Lansdowne Birmingham.jpg 53 173 18 2018 Five Ways & Hagley Road
52°28′22″N 1°55′13″W / 52.472850°N 1.920262°W / 52.472850; -1.920262
St Martin's Place Residential St Martin Place building from Broad Street.jpg 53 173 17 2020 Westside
45 Church Street Office Office tower 45 Church Street Birmingham.jpg 53 173 14 2008 Colmore Business District
Opal Court Residential 53 173 18 2007 Edgbaston
82= Eight Brindleyplace Mixed-use Eight Brindleyplace.jpg 52 171 14 2002 Westside
52°28′37″N 1°54′48″W / 52.477001°N 1.913369°W / 52.477001; -1.913369
Church of St Alban the Martyr Place of Worship Saint Alban Church 1.jpg 52 170 N/A 1881 Highgate
Exchange Square 1, Tower 2 Residential 52 170 16 2019 Eastside
52°28′56″N 1°53′27″W / 52.482326°N 1.890964°W / 52.482326; -1.890964
85= Axis Office 51 167 12 1976 Westside
52°28′38″N 1°54′17″W / 52.477201°N 1.904860°W / 52.477201; -1.904860
1 Colmore Row Office One Colmore Row Portrait Cropped.jpg 51 167 12 2004 Colmore Business District
52°28′58″N 1°53′52″W / 52.482824°N 1.897771°W / 52.482824; -1.897771
87= Alcoa Aluminium Plant Chimney 1 Chimney 50 164 N/A 1938 Kitts Green
Alcoa Aluminium Plant Chimney 2 Chimney 50 164 N/A 1938
Alcoa Aluminium Plant Chimney 3 Chimney 50 164 N/A 1938
St Chad's Cathedral Place of Worship St Chads Cathedral Birmingham.jpg 50 164 N/A 1841 Jewellery Quarter
Masshouse Plaza Residential Masshouse Plaza.jpg 50 164 16 2006 Eastside
Tricorn House Office Tricorn House.jpg 50 164 12 1976 Five Ways & Hagley Road
12 Calthorpe Road Office 50 164 12 1962 Five Ways & Hagley Road
Lakeside West Building Student accommodation Lakeside West.jpg 50 164 16 1999 Eastside
Bagot Street Blocks A, B, C Student accommodation Bagot Street Student Residences Blocks A, B & C.jpg 50 164 17 2011 Gun Quarter
St Michael's Church, Handsworth Place of Worship St Michael's Church Handsworth.jpg 50 163 N/A 1855 Handsworth

Tallest under construction, approved and proposed

Under construction

Rank Name Use Height Floors Image Notes
metres feet
1 The Mercian Residential 132 433 42 Estimated completion: 2022
2 Exchange Square Phase 2, Tower Residential 111 364 36 Estimated completion: 2022
3 Bloc Grand Central Hotel 74 272 22 Estimated completion: 2022
4 One Centenary Way Offices 68 223 13 Estimated completion: 2022
5 Snowhill Wharf Residential 67 220 21 Estimated completion: 2022
6 Kent Street Baths Residential 61 200 19 Estimated completion: 2022
7= Exchange Square Phase 2, Hotel Hotel 51 167 14 Estimated completion: 2022
7= BCU Athletes Village, Plot 7 Mixed-use 51 167 15 Estimated completion: 2022
9 BCU Athletes Village, Plot 10 Mixed-use 49 157 14 Estimated completion: 2022
10 Lionel House Residential 48 157 14 Estimated completion: 2021
11= The Timber Yard Residential 46 151 14 Estimated completion: 2021
11= St Luke's, South Block A Residential 46 151 15 Estimated completion: 2021
13 Enterprise Wharf, Holt Street Office 45 148 11 Estimated completion: 2021
14= Emporis, Coventry Road Residential 37 121 12 Estimated completion: 2020
14= True Birmingham Student accommodation 37 121 11 Estimated completion: 2020

Approved

Rank Name Use Height Floors Image Notes
metres feet
1 100 Broad Street Residential 193 634 61 Approved in 2020
2 One Eastside Residential 155 509 51 Approved in 2019
3 Great Charles Street Residential 126 413 39 Approved in 2020
4 Glasswater Locks, Plot D Residential 123 403 38 Approved in 2019
5 211 Broad Street Apart hotel 117 383 36 Approved in 2020
6 Beorma Quarter Phase 2 Mixed-use 113 371 27 Approved in 2015
7 The Stone Yard, Block D Residential 98 322 30 Approved in 2019
8 Monaco House, Tower 1 Residential 90 295 29 Approved in 2017
9 Connaught Square Residential 88 289 27 Approved in 2017
10 Monaco House, Tower 2 Residential 80 262 26 Approved in 2017
11 75-79 Lancaster St Student accommodation 77 253 24 Approved in 2020
12 Lunar Rise Residential 75 246 25 Approved in 2018
13 JQ Rise Residential 74 243 24 Approved in 2020
14 Post and Mail Offices and residential 73 239 17 Approved in 2015
15= Bristol Street Apartments Residential 60 197 18 Approved in 2017
15= Glasswater Locks, Plot F2 Residential 60 197 18 Approved in 2019
17 Residences Edgbaston, Block 1 Residential 57 188 18 Approved in 2019
18 The Eternal Wall Monument / Landmark 52 170 1 Approved in 2020
19 One Eastside, Block B Residential 51 168 15 Approved in 2019
20= Nyx Hotel Hotel 50 165 15 Approved in 2019
20= The Stone Yard, Block B Residential 50 165 15 Approved in 2020
22 Curzon Circle Student accommodation 49 163 15 Approved in 2019
23 Soho Wharf, Block 1 Residential 47 157 14 Approved in 2020
24= 49-51 Holloway Head, Block C Residential 46 154 15 Approved in 2017
24= 49-51 Holloway Head, Block D Residential 46 154 15 Approved in 2017
26= 5 Centenary Square Office 41 135 9 Approved in 2017
26= New Garden Square, Block F2 Residential 41 135 14 Approved in 2020
26= Residences Edgbaston, Block 2 Residential 41 135 13 Approved in 2019
29= Maldron Suffolk Street A Hotel 40 132 12 Approved in 2019
29= Glasswater Locks, Plot F1 Residential 40 132 10 Approved in 2019
31 Maldron Suffolk Street B Hotel 36 118 9 Approved in 2019
32= The Stone Yard, Block A Residential 35 115 10 Approved in 2020
32= The Stone Yard, Block C Residential 35 115 10 Approved in 2020
32= Glasswater Locks, Plot E1 Residential 35 115 9 Approved in 2019
32= Glasswater Locks, Plot E2 Residential 35 115 9 Approved in 2019
32= Glasswater Locks, Plot E3 Residential 35 115 9 Approved in 2019
32= Glasswater Locks, Plot E4 Residential 35 115 9 Approved in 2019

Proposed

Rank Name Use Height Floors Image Notes
metres feet
1 Octagon Residential 155 510 49 Proposed in 2020
2 Irish Centre Tower, Digbeth Residential 146 479 48 Proposed in 2020
3 Martineau Galleries, Plot 2c Residential 126 413 35 Outline planning approval in 2020
4 The Square, Broad Street Residential 111 364 35 Proposed in 2020
5 Upper Trinity Street, Block H Mixed-use 102 337 32 Proposed in 2020
6 Axis Square, Building 3 Office 100 328 23 Proposed in 2017
7 Former 'The Trees' Public House, Bristol Road Student Accommodation 98 322 31 Proposed in 2020
8 31-33 Essex Street Residential 95 312 28 Proposed in 2020
9 Sherlock Street Mixed-use 92 302 30 Proposed in 2020
10 Sulzer, 193 Camp Hill Residential 90 295 26 Refused, appeal pending
11= Pricip Street Tower Residential 80 262 25 Proposed in 2020
11= Martineau Galleries, Plot 5 Office 80 262 17 Outline planning approval in 2020
13 Martineau Galleries, Plot 4c Residential 74 243 20 Outline planning approval in 2020
14 Martineau Galleries, Plot 6 Office 69 226 14 Outline planning approval in 2020
15 Axis Square, Building 1 Office 64 210 14 Proposed in 2017
16 Martineau Galleries, Plot 7 Office 62 203 13 Outline planning approval in 2020
17= Martineau Galleries, Plot 3c Residential/hotel 60 197 16 Outline planning approval in 2020
17= Martineau Galleries, Plot 1 Office 60 197 12 Outline planning approval in 2020
19 Martineau Galleries, Plot 3f Residential/hotel 59 194 16 Outline planning approval in 2020
20 Upper Trinity Street, Block J Residential 57 187 19 Proposed in 2020
21 Martineau Galleries, Plot 2b Residential 54 177 14 Outline planning approval in 2020
22= Martineau Galleries, Plot 4b Residential 53 174 14 Outline planning approval in 2020
22= Upper Trinity Street, Block A Residential 53 174 16 Proposed in 2020
24 Upper Trinity Street, Block B Residential 51 168 15 Proposed in 2020
25 Upper Trinity Street, Block C Residential 49 162 15 Proposed in 2020
26 Martineau Galleries, Plot 4d Residential 47 155 11 Outline planning approval in 2020
27 Martineau Galleries, Plot 3d Residential/hotel 46 151 12 Outline planning approval in 2020
28 Axis Square, Building 4 Office 43 141 9 Proposed in 2017
29= 40 Kent Street Mixed-use 40 131 12 Proposed in 2018
29= Martineau Galleries, Plot 3e Residential/hotel 40 131 10 Outline planning approval in 2020
31 Martineau Galleries, Plot 3b Residential/hotel 37 121 9 Outline planning approval in 2020
32= Upper Trinity Street, Block E Residential 35 115 11 Proposed in 2020
32= St James House, Extension Hotel 35 115 11 Proposed in 2020

Un-built

This lists proposals for the construction of buildings in Birmingham that were planned to rise at least 100 metres (328 ft), for which planning permission was rejected or which were otherwise withdrawn.

Rank Name Use Height Floors Year Image Notes
metres feet
1 VTP200 Observation Tower 200 656 10 2010
2 Arena Central Tower Office 175 574 50 2007
  • The Arena Central project was originally masterplanned by HOK International in 1998. The plan called for a landmark 50-storey tower of around 245 metres (805 feet) in height, always intended to be built as one of the latter phases of the scheme. In the aftermath of the World Trade Center attack and after considering market forces, the developers removed 15-storeys from the planned tower.
  • Superseded by the V Building.
The Birmingham Pinnacle Observation Tower 175 574 2008 The Pinnacle was proposed as Europe's first vertical theme park. It would have provided a range of theme park rides, an observation deck, restaurants, shops, bars and leisure facilities. Superseded by VTP200.
4 Bull Ring Tower Office 160 525 35 1990 Developed by London and Edinburgh Trust and designed by Chapman Taylor were plans that surfaced continuously between 1987 and 1990 for the redevelopment of the Bull Ring Shopping Centre in Birmingham and the demolition of the Rotunda.

In the place of the Rotunda was to stand a 160 metre tall office block, a Post Modern design with Art Deco hints of a similar manner to One Liberty Place in Philadelphia. The recession at the start of the 1990s however saw the plans fail to come to fruition and the Rotunda was later listed and restored.

5 V Building Residential 152 499 51 Proposed in 2006. A new but smaller scheme has been proposed in its place.
6 Post and Mail Scheme (Tower 1 Scheme C) Office 150 492 35 2010
7 Rough Diamond Hotel Tower Hotel 120 394
Rough Diamond Office Tower Office 120 394
Rough Diamond Residential Tower Residential 120 394
10 No 1 Snow Hill Plaza Office 118 387 29 2011 1 Snow Hill Plaza was to be constructed on the site of the Kennedy Tower, however these proposals were dropped following the collapse of the developer, Kenmore. The building that stands on the site has now been renovated and turned into a new Holiday Inn Express indicating that the proposal for a new office building is permanently dead.

Demolished

This lists buildings and structures in Birmingham that were demolished or are undergoing demolition and at one time stood at least 50 metres (164 ft) in height.

Rank Name Use Completed Demolished Height Floors Image Notes
metres feet
1 103 Colmore Row Office 1976 2017 80 262 23 NatWestTowerBirmingham.JPG Building demolished during 2016-2017
2 Birmingham Post and Mail HQ Office 1964 2005 67 222 16 Post and Mail building, Birmingham - partial demolition - Andy Mabbett - 02.JPG The building was designed by John Madin and was one of his key modernist buildings. It was demolished in the 2005 to make way for Colmore Plaza, which stands at 54 metres (177 ft).
3 Stephenson Tower Residential 1967 2011 63 207 20 Stephenson Tower, Birmingham.JPG Demolished in the summer of 2011 as part of site clearance for the redeveloped New Street railway station
4 Wheel of Birmingham Ferris Wheel 2004 2006 62 203 Birmingham -wheel -UK.JPG The wheel normally comes back every Christmas season between November and January, along with an ice rink
5 Dalton Tower Residential 1971 2011 61 200 21 Aston Uni student blocks.JPG Demolished on 8 May 2011 as part of phase II of the Aston University student village development.
6 Lawrence Tower Residential 1971 2011 59 194 21 Aston Uni student blocks.JPG Demolished on 8 May 2011 as part of phase II of the Aston University student village development.
7 Clyde Tower Residential 1967 2006 59 194 20 Demolished 5 February 2006
8 Stafford Tower Residential 1971 2014 58 190 21 Stafford Tower, Birmingham.jpg Demolished on 27 April 2014 as part of phase II of the Aston University student village development.
9= Sapphire Tower Residential 1971 2016 57 187 20 Demolished December 2016.
9= Warstone Tower Residential 1967 2019 57 187 20 Demolished December 2019.
9= Holbrook Tower Residential 1968 2018 57 187 20 Demolished March 2018.
12= Cornwall Tower Residential 1970 2014 52 171 18 Demolished 26 October 2014
12= Norfolk Tower Residential 1971 2014 52 171 18 Demolished 2017
12= Normansell Tower Residential 1972 2012 52 171 18 Demolished 2 September 2012

Timeline of tallest buildings and structures

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The Joseph Chamberlain Memorial Clock Tower was the tallest structure in Birmingham from 1908 until 1969

This lists free-standing structures that once held the title of tallest structure in Birmingham.

Name Location Years as tallest Height
metres / ft
Floors Reference
St Philip's Cathedral Colmore Row 1725–1777 (52 years) 01.040 / 131 03.0N/A
Church of SS Peter and Paul Aston 1777–1855 (78 years) 02.057.9 / 190 04.0N/A
St Martin in the Bull Ring The Bull Ring 1855–1908 (53 years) 02.061 / 200 04.0N/A
Joseph Chamberlain Memorial Clock Tower University of Birmingham 1908–1966 (58 years) 02.0100 / 329 04.0N/A
BT Tower Jewellery Quarter 1966 – present 02.0152 / 498 04.0N/A
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