This list of tallest buildings in Birmingham ranks skyscrapers and other structures by height in Birmingham, England.
High-rise development in Birmingham was most active during the post-war development phase of the 1960s in which many box-shaped towers were constructed out of concrete and this also included a large amount of tower blocks housing flats. These towers are now either being demolished or being renovated like The Rotunda on New Street, which has undergone a dramatic makeover.
High-rise development slowed during the 1980s and early 1990s however is increasing once again with the recent completions of Holloway Circus Tower and the Orion Building and many proposed projects in development areas such as the Eastside. Many of these new high-rises contain residential properties which are promoting city living. The Snowhill development will also dramatically increase the office space available in the city centre as Birmingham hopes to capitalise on its recent good fortunes of attracting overseas investment. The recent announcement of High Speed Rail 2 linking London to Birmingham and beyond will be an additional marketing tool Birmingham will hope to capitalise on. There are three buildings that have been approved for construction which are taller than Holloway Circus Tower - currently the tallest habitable building in Birmingham.
In recent years, Birmingham City Council has relaxed its attitudes towards tall skyscrapers. However, some restrictions remain. Birmingham City Centre is located on a 110m sandstone ridge. As a result, the Civil Aviation Authority has imposed a maximum height limit at 242m. Prospects of building between 130m to 175m would normally require consultation with Birmingham Airport. Skyscraper proposals with heights between 175m to 242m would require consultation with the CAA. It is not known why these restrictions are in place considering the fact that Birmingham City Centre is not on the approach path to Birmingham Airport.
There are currently 2 skyscrapers with a height of 100 metres (328 ft) or more, and 191 high-rise buildings with a height of at least 35 metres (115 ft) ore more.
This list ranks externally complete Birmingham buildings and free-standing structures that stand more than 50 metres (164 ft) tall, based on standard height measurement. This includes spires and architectural details but does not include antenna masts. An equals sign (=) following a rank indicates the same height between two or more buildings. The "Year" column indicates the year in which a building was completed. Buildings that have been demolished are not included.
This lists proposals for the construction of buildings in Birmingham that were planned to rise at least 100 metres (328 ft), for which planning permission was rejected or which were otherwise withdrawn.
The Arena Central project was originally masterplanned by HOK International in 1998. The plan called for a landmark 50-storey tower of around 245 metres (805 feet) in height, always intended to be built as one of the latter phases of the scheme. In the aftermath of the World Trade Center attack and after considering market forces, the developers removed 15-storeys from the planned tower.
The Pinnacle was proposed as Europe's first vertical theme park. It would have provided a range of theme park rides, an observation deck, restaurants, shops, bars and leisure facilities. Superseded by VTP200.
Bull Ring Tower
Developed by London and Edinburgh Trust and designed by Chapman Taylor were plans that surfaced continuously between 1987 and 1990 for the redevelopment of the Bull Ring Shopping Centre in Birmingham and the demolition of the Rotunda.
In the place of the Rotunda was to stand a 160 metre tall office block, a Post Modern design with Art Deco hints of a similar manner to One Liberty Place in Philadelphia. The recession at the start of the 1990s however saw the plans fail to come to fruition and the Rotunda was later listed and restored.
1 Snow Hill Plaza was to be constructed on the site of the Kennedy Tower, however these proposals were dropped following the collapse of the developer, Kenmore. The building that stands on the site has now been renovated and turned into a new Holiday Inn Express indicating that the proposal for a new office building is permanently dead.