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A public consultation has begun on plans for 160 apartments in Birmingham’s Gas Street.

GNM Developments is looking to transform a former factory into a “multi-storey energy positive building” at 52 Gas Street.

Designed by international architects Broadway Malyan, the Gather & Soul development would have a specialised solar façade on the main building, projected to generate more than 427,000 kilowatt hours of energy a year.

Gerald Manton, managing director at GNM and current chair of Westside Business Improvement District (BID), said this would not only serve the building’s energy needs, but would also contribute surplus electricity back to the grid, helping to illuminate Gas Street, which was the first street in the city to be lit by gaslight.

The scheme would use the adjoining Gas Street Canal Basin Toll House and convert it into co-working spaces for residents. Other proposed amenities include a gym, cinema room, bookable dining rooms, and communal kitchens.

Gerald Manton, managing director at GNM, said: “We are excited that our proposals will be a first, not only for Birmingham but for the entire UK. This will be the UK’s first multi-storey energy positive building.

“This will be part of Westside for a long time to come, and hopefully be an example of how buildings can be done differently. We also aim to make an enormous positive benefit to the lower end of Gas Street.

“This development is aligned with Birmingham’s Future City Plan which proposes ambitious sustainability targets that focus on reducing carbon emissions and promoting renewable energy sources.

“As well as generating surplus clean energy, the Gather & Soul development aims to reduce the building’s reliance on energy use, such as air-conditioning and artificial lighting, and conserve water, while also promoting the use of public transport.”

Public consultation continues until May 7, with the full planning application due to be submitted by May 17.

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