AS TALL AS IT'S BROAD; Tramps Site Rises from the Gutter

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Byline: MAIL REPORTER

A SKYSCRAPER complete with helipad is planned for the site of Birmingham's former Tramps nightclub.

The pounds 150 million, 39storey building, designed by West Midlands-based Level Seven Architects, will include 20,000 sq ft of shops and leisure units, a 150bedroom hotel and parking in a four-storey podium area at its base.

Its 350 apartments will comprise a mix of one and two bedrooms in the main skyscraper. Richardson Cordwell, which has already completed four of the most successful leisure developments in Broad Street, has submitted a planning application to redevelop the 1.5-acre site.

Tramps closed down about 13 years ago with debts of almost pounds 1 million. The club opened in the mid-1980s as Burberries and was once one of the city's best live music venues, showcasing bands such as Blur and The Charlatans.

When it deteriorated after its closure in 1992, planners served a legal notice on the then owners, Scottish & Newcastle brewers, requiring it to tidy up the building or face court action.

It was bought by Richardson Cordwell nearly two years ago, bulldozed and turned into a temporary car park.

The podium base of the new tower block will have its own rooftop garden and is designed to provide a private amenity area.

Richardson Cordwell said the building would be one of the tallest in the city. …