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Work begins on Birmingham’s tallest residential tower

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Developers have broken ground on the project to build Birmingham’s tallest residential tower, The Mercian.  

The £183M project to build the 42-storey tower is being undertaken by developer Moda, with contractors John Sisk & Son. 

The building will contain 481 rent-only apartments, as well as a 3,250m² of retail and leisure space in a three-storey podium at the base of the tower. The roof of the building will feature a 200m running track.  

Source: Glenn Howells

The Mercian will feature a three-storey podium with retail and leisure space

John Sisk & Son regional managing director Guy Fowler said the building is a landmark project for the city. “Today marks the beginning of a significant project for John Sisk & Son and all stakeholders involved,” he said.  

“The ground breaking of The Mercian is a major milestone for Birmingham and we are delighted to be part of shaping the future of the city. We look forward to bringing our extensive residential expertise to this project, working in an open and collaborative manner with all stakeholders on what is a landmark development for both clients and the city of Birmingham.”    

Moda managing director Johnny Caddick added: “Breaking ground at The Mercian and announcing the new name today is a huge milestone for Moda, particularly in a city as key to us as Birmingham,” he said.  

“The people living and working in this city have such strong ambition and determination, it’s growing faster than any other regional UK city and we want to reflect the hard work, the history and tenacity in a building that harnesses Birmingham’s heritage and purpose and combines it with unrivalled forward thinking to bring next generational living.” 

The project is expected to be completed in June 2022. 

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