Colourful co-living

A vibrant built-to-rent development set in the heart of the UK’s second city

The Lansdowne, Birmingham

The Lansdowne is a vibrant co-living development, located just 20 minutes’ walk from Birmingham’s bustling New Street station.

Project details

In addition to 206 apartments, The Lansdowne provides several distinct amenity areas for residents. Woods Bagot was appointed to carry out the interiors for these spaces, driving forward the client brief to create a series of flexible communal destinations throughout the building, bringing a new level of quality to Birmingham’s build-to-rent (BTR) offer.

Upon first entering the building, residents and visitors approach the ‘The Landing’ reception area where, rather than a formal front desk, there is an open plan lounge setting. This gives the front-of-house staff a place to work together, while still enabling them to be accessible to residents and greet guests when needed.

On the top floor, there is the ‘Cultural Mixer’, a large-scale multi-purpose space designed to accommodate everything from private dinner parties, cooking classes and movie screenings to local markets and festival events.

The interior design inspiration for each space has been taken from the industrial heritage of Birmingham and juxtaposed with bright modern features that appeal to the millennial target market. Raw materials that reflect the local history are layered with softer materials to create authentic experiences and environments.

The Lansdowne has raised the bar for BTR in Birmingham, delivering a successful new approach for this sector that saw leasing soar past expectations in just the first two months after opening.

Birmingham, UK
Way of Life and Long Harbour
Jack Hobhouse

Photography by Jack Hobhouse

“We had an excellent experience working with Woods Bagot to deliver our communal areas at The Lansdowne. Simon and his team were able to bring a global build-to-rent perspective, with knowledge and expertise that enabled us to create spaces that are attractive, useful, and tailored to our target market. The design also takes into consideration the local context, incorporating details inspired by the rich history of Birmingham to make a building which truly responds to its surroundings.”

Rebecca Taylor, Managing Director of BTR, Long Harbour Ltd