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Curzon Wharf is a one million square feet £360 million project being led by 29-year old, Birmingham based entrepreneur, Tani Dulay, Chief Executive of Woodbourne Group. The master plan will see three towers – including two skyscrapers – built on a brownfield site in central Birmingham.
As well as helping regenerate the area and create well over 1,000 jobs – the project will be the UK’s first net-zero carbon ready development.
Developers Woodbourne Group plan to apply this carbon-cutting ethos throughout construction, with everything from the building’s orientation to insulation cutting emissions.
Mr Dulay revealed the apartments will be built along Passivhaus (passive house) principles which requires them to be ultra-energy efficient.
He said: “We talk about change and point to others. We have to be that change. What we do or don’t do today has repercussions for tomorrow.
“Climate change, to which no one is immune, still dominates the list of biggest risk the world faces. The future needs us to act today.”
“Curzon Wharf will lead the way in sustainable developments and hopefully inspire others in what can be achieved.”
Speaking after the UK hosted the COP26 climate change summit in Glasgow committed to driving down emissions, Mr Dulay said his project will need very little heating and will constantly remain at “comfortable” temperatures.
The buildings will not be fitted with conventional radiators and will instead rely on a mechanical ventilation system.
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Despite this being in place, Mr Dulay revealed that apartments could be heated up with an ordinary hair dryer should people wish.
Just minutes from a hairdryer will keep a flat’s bedroom warm for hours and its state of the art heating system means residents will save hundreds of pounds on their bills.
Mr Dulay added: “This is the future”.
“Although residents could use a hairdryer to heat the rooms they won’t need to as we are developing a state-of-the-art insulation and heating system.
“Residents will save hundreds of pounds on their bills and less energy will be wasted.”
Mr Dulay believes the development will position Birmingham as UK’s leading smart and sustainable city, helping to pave the way for the “UK’s Green Revolution”.
The project has been welcomed by environmental leaders and senior civic leaders including Leader of Birmingham City Council, Cllr Ian Ward, West Midlands Mayor Andy Street, MPs and key business leaders.
As well as having apartments, the 993,046 sq ft development will include retail, office, R&D and life sciences buildings. The built-to-rent element will stand 53 storeys high making it Birmingham’s tallest building at 172m (564 feet).
The purpose-built student accommodation will be 41 storeys and the co-living 14 storeys tall.
It will include 750 student flats, 250 co-living units, 500 apartments and 136,000ft of life science buildings.
Mr Dulay added: “Under the UK Government’s Net Zero Strategy, developers are tasked with the enactment of building truly green homes.
“We all need to recognise that intelligent investing is more than returns. It’s about fostering a sustainable, and above all responsible, approach through everything we do.
“Any business serious about creating long term value has to place ESG at the heart of its operations.”
The building has been designed in collaboration with Associated Architects and Cundall
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