BLOC Grand Central

We provided Rights of Light advice for the landmark 23-storey BLOC Grand Central hotel in the heart of Birmingham.

The constrained site for this development required careful consideration. The high-tech design and fit-out of this slender 23 storey hotel development will help realise the City Council’s vision of making the district around New Street Station a vibrant and attractive destination for visitors.

The building is situated at an important gateway site adjacent to New Street Station, John Lewis and the Grand Central shopping centre. In response to the site’s surroundings, a double height entrance lobby and retail provision at ground level will help encourage activity and bring animation to Hill Street.

The area is at the centre of the Big City Plan – a 20-year project to create thousands of jobs and bring £2billion-a-year into Birmingham’s economy.

The plans involve demolition of a largely vacant six-storey 1960s office block. Planning consent was granted unanimously in September 2016


We advised on all aspects of rights of light, party wall and neighbourly matters for the BLOC Grand Central development.

Client : BLOC Hotels

Architect : Glenn Howells Architects

Services : Rights of Light, Party Wall

Sector :  Hotel

Rights to Light Services

Initial Site Appraisal (Legal & Technical)

Strategic reporting

Transferred Rights to Light

Rights to Light negotiation & settlement

Compensation Calculations & Budgets

Light Obstruction Notices (LONs)

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

Also see our recent work at Marble Arch.

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 the contact details of a Rights of Light surveyor local to you, see our BirminghamBristolManchesterNorwichPlymouth Surveyor details.

For the contact details of a rights of light surveyor local to you, see our Birmingham Surveyor details.

For advice on rights of light direct from one of our Birmingham surveyors, please call our Rights of Light Enquiry Line on 0121 667 9902.

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Team members shown:

  • Matt Hensey
  • Stephen Mealings