BLOC Hotels breaks ground on third site in Birmingham due for launch in 2021

BLOC Grand Central Entrance low res

BLOC Hotels’ third location, located opposite Birmingham’s Grand Central and New Street Station, will open in 2021.

With work now onsite, the building will comprise 227 bedrooms spread across 22 floors, and will be created following the demolition of Gallan House to make way for the 7,000 sqm scheme.

BSD developed the M&E and technical designs for BLOC Grand Central, working alongside project partners BrightSPACE Architects and structural engineers ICIS Design Ltd.

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Joel Sawyer, director at Building Services Design said: “There’s no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to hotel design. In addition to standard rooms, BLOC Grand Central will offer apartment-style accommodation featuring kitchenettes, lounges and separate bedrooms.

“BLOC Grand Central will have a tall, slim structure that’s like nothing else we have in Birmingham – so will be a welcome, modern new addition to the city.  

BLOC’s commercial director, Danny Jones said: “We have a fantastic team working on BLOC Grand Central, which has managed to fulfil and deliver on our brief. BSD has managed to overcome challenges the building presented and design a fit-for-purpose system.

“We’re delighted to be opening our third hotel, adjacent to Grand Central station in Birmingham. It’s an incredible city which has seen significant development over the last few years.”

Bloc Hotels opened in Birmingham in 2011 followed by a second property in London Gatwick in 2014.

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