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



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. All complemented 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.

Octagon, images from Glenn Howells Architects.


Latest Construction Photo - 26th November 2022

Photography by Daniel Sturley.

Construction Timeline (reverse date order):

October 2022

Following a period of intensive activity, a crane installation, and groundworks, Octagon is officially under construction!

July - Construction has commenced on site.

Drone photography by Stephen Giles.


May -

Photography by Daniel Sturley.


Scaffolding went steadily up at 77 Paradise Queensway before it was demolished by JRL Demolition Group - as seen in the above.

Photography by Stephen Giles.

Project dates

13 Oct 2020 - On-going


Construction & regeneration, Modern Architecture


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