Octagon, Paradise Birmingham, UK - Placemaking with Community

At 49 storeys (155m), Octagon is to become the world's tallest pure octagonal skycraper - and it's coming to Paradise Birmingham.


Paradise Circus, Great Charles Street Queensway, and Paradise Place

City Centre, Birmingham 

View the site map HERE.



Developer: City Developments Limited (CDL)

Development Manager: MEPC

Architect(s): Glenn Howells Architects, Grant Associates

Principal Designer: Steven Barnsley Associates

Quantity Surveyor: Quantem

Structural/ MEP/ Civil/ Acoustic/ Fire Engineer: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Arup

Principal Contractor: Midgard (JRL Group)

Concrete Frame: J Reddington (JRL Group)

Cranes: London Tower Cranes (JRL Group)

Facade Design & Installation: McMullen Facades (JRL Group)

Internal Walls & Ceilings: JRL Drylining (JRL Group)

Demolition Contractor: JRL Demolition (JRL Group)

Planning Consultant: Turley

Enquiries: Knight Frank


The development

Octagon, at 49 storeys (155m), is to become the world’s tallest pure octagonal residential skyscraper.

Standing as a beacon for the ever-changing city, the 370-home build-to-rent tower will feature eight identical facades to convey the purest octagonal form, punctuated by large horizontal windows allowing residents to enjoy panoramic views. The building will also be the first with a pressurised core, a class leading safety feature, plus a sprinkler system that extends to individual apartments.

218 one, 144 two & 8 three-bedroom apartments will be formed, in apartment sizes that range from 51.3 to 115sqm, including thirty affordable units. This will be supplemented by a whole host of top class amenity spaces centred on residents’ health and wellbeing. 

A triple-height glazed base will entertain dining, café, and lounge facilities, as well as workspaces and a wellness hub/gym. To further promote sustainable commuting a bike store will be available on-site, offering approx. 225 spaces.

All artist's impressions are the property of Glenn Howells Architects.


Latest Photo - 19th June 2022

Photography by Daniel Sturley.


The story so far:

February 2022 -

Scaffolding is steadily going up before 77 Paradise Queensway is demolished by JRL Demolition Group.

Images by Stephen Giles.

MARCH 7-17th & 28th 2022 -

Significant groundworks have commenced on site with piling testing underway. The footprint of the Octagon lies just south of 77 Paradise Queensway, which has now been fenced off and will soon be demolished.

Testing is well underway, with a much larger piling rig due on site soon.

All images are the property of Paradise Birmingham.

27th April 2022

14th May 2022

19th May 2022

28th May 2022

31st May 2022

10th June 2022

14th June 2022

Latest Photo - 19th June 2022

Photography by Daniel Sturley.

To be continued...


Project dates

13 Oct 2020 - On-going


Construction & regeneration, Modern Architecture


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