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Birmingham’s first net zero carbon project

UK and Europe 16 March 2021

Curzon Wharf, a high quality residential led development is set to become the first net zero carbon project in Birmingham.

The development will create a landmark for Birmingham and gateway into the city centre providing 498 one and two bed apartments, 265 co-living units, 732 student beds like no other and around 12,000 m2 of office / research and development space.

The scheme launches this month with planning permission expected later this year. Cundall is appointed to deliver multidisciplinary engineering services on the scheme including net zero carbon consultancy. Working with the wider team, Cundall has ensured the principles of net zero carbon are maintained throughout design and that every aspect of the engineering solutions have been tested and only adopted when found to be optimal.

The development marks an important step towards tackling carbon emissions and meeting Birmingham City Council’s net zero carbon target by 2030.

Alex Carter, Partner and multidisciplinary project lead commented:

“Curzon Wharf is a key development for Birmingham, and it will lead the way for others within the city centre. We’ve worked closely with Woodbourne Group and the wider team over the past 18 months to ensure that net zero carbon principles are fully embedded in the development. It is a hugely exciting scheme to be a part of.”

Tani Dulay, Chief Executive of Woodbourne Group commented:

“Climate change is undoubtedly the greatest challenge of our time. Science is now showing with alarming clarity how quickly we are running out of time to avoid catastrophic and irreversible changes to the world around us. This landmark ecosystem will illustrate what can be achieved in building sustainable developments and creating inclusive communities for the future.”

Located next to Aston Locks on the Birmingham and Fazeley canal, Curzon Wharf is a three-acre site offering the perfect opportunity to reshape and rejuvenate largely redundant land into something that will put Birmingham firmly on the map.

Energy demand on the site has been driven down through a high quality, optimised thermal envelope in line with Passivhaus principles. This has enabled fossil fuels to be eliminated from the site, with heat pumps satisfying all heat demands.

If you would like to find out more about the development, click here.