Anstey Horne

Curzon Wharf

Curzon Wharf Birmingham

We provided Rights to Light advice for the Curzon Wharf development which will establish a new gateway into Birmingham city centre.

The development is set to rejuvenate an under used site on the edge of the city centre near Aston and Birmingham City universities and is expected to become a catalyst for future growth in the area.

The £360m proposal to redevelop former industrial land next to Dartmouth Circus Island would see three towers including a 53-storey residential building. This will be the tallest building in Birmingham when complete, albeit with a taller 633ft tower at 100 Broad Street granted planning a few years ago.

The three planned towers are :

Boulton Tower

A 53 storey tower offering 498 one and two bedroomed PRS apartments.

Watt Tower

723 high quality private student residential flats over 41 storeys

Galton Skytree

Co-living block of 14 stories with 265 ‘best in class’ units. The private living areas are supported by a range of communal facilities and services including a reception, co-working space, gym, cinema room, sky terrace, private carparking, central dining area, lounge, cycle storage, and a laundry.

As well as the three towers the proposals also see a 9-storey office and research facility dedicated to life sciences over 12,000m2.

The scheme is set to be a world’s first mixed-use net zero carbon development located in an important corner of Birmingham city centre that could create over 1,000 jobs. When complete the development will be within eight minutes walk distance of the new HS2 Curzon Street Station, offering sweeping views of the city and beyond.

Amenity and retail spaces at ground floor will provide active frontages onto a comprehensive public realm scheme that will enhance access and activity onto the canal and promote links to future development beyond the ring road.

The Curzon Wharf site takes advantage of its position next to the canal network and a new public space creates a sense of place and a key destination node.

Commenting on the proposals, developers Woodbourne Group said it will be a “truly transformative urban neighbourhood” when completed.

Chief executive Tani Dulay said Curzon Wharf will reinvent this 1960s site into a “newly reinvigorated, dynamic, world-class and sustainable mixed-use ecosystem” containing life sciences, a new breed of residential and student living with vast public spaces “never seen in Birmingham before”.


We provided advice on all aspects of Rights of Light and Daylight & Sunlight services for the Curzon Wharf development.

Read our article on how we provide advice on all aspects of overriding Rights to Light. This article also looks into our previous work and the current situation of rights to light.

Client : Woodbourne Group

Architect : Associated Architects

Services : Rights of Light, Daylight & Sunlight

Sector : Commercial

Rights to Light Services Curzon Wharf

Initial Site Appraisal (Legal & Technical)

Strategic reporting

Transferred Rights to Light

Rights to Light negotiation & settlement

Rights to Light compensation

Rights to Light insurance

Scheme cutbacks or enhancements

Portfolio management

Laser Survey based full technical analysis

Maximum building envelopes

Expert Witness

Pre-Acquisition strategic advice

Further Guidance when appointing a Rights of Light Surveyor

For further information please see our Rights of Light Fact Sheet.

The Government also published a rights to light fact sheet as part of a review by the Law Commission.

With offices in LondonBirmingham, Bristol, CardiffManchesterNorwichPlymouth we are able to provide Rights of Light advice on projects all around the UK.


For more information on our Rights to Light advice for the Curzon Wharf development or for the contact details of a surveyor local to you, see our BirminghamBristolManchesterNorwich Plymouth Surveyor details.

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Stephen Mealings

Stephen Mealings

BSc (Hons) MRICS

Senior Director

Rights to Light + PW


Matt Hensey

Matt Hensey

LLB (Hons)

Senior Associate Director

Rights to Light