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port loop

a waterside quarter featuring shedkm’s house typology

Port Loop is a residential-led scheme situated at the heart of the Icknield Port Loop (IPL) Masterplan in Birmingham. The new waterside quarter provides a vibrant mix, new public parks and canal side squares, as well as 207 new mmc homes from shedkm’s Town House typology. Later phases feature other typologies, including Row House, a modern take on a classic mews home, and Mansion House, a tenement-style apartment block.

Each house offers a unique relationship to the designed landscape and responds to the varying conditions of the Port Loop site, be it roadside, park side or canal side living.

Homes range from one-bedroom up to five-bedrooms and will be set in high-quality landscaping, with a combination of publicly accessible open spaces and private residents’ courtyards.

Many homes benefit from direct access to the water, whilst public spaces of different scales and characters are located at points along the canals. Views and glimpses of the water are created deep within the masterplan, establishing a constant awareness of the fact this is an island.

Generous gardens sit within plots, shared by the residents who live around them. A village green is at the centre of the development, whilst a large, landscaped park is proposed, intended for use by the wider community and visitors. The vision is to provide meaningful play and recreational space that ranges from private to public in nature.

The site is uniquely located around an island in Birmingham’s canal network, in easy reach of the amenities of the city, creating a distinctive identity and character within the city as a place to live, work and visit.


Urban Splash




  • 43-acres

Contract value:

£70 million approx




Won: 2021 Housing Design Award, 2020 Residential Property Awards, 2019 Golden Pineapple
Shortlisted: Planning Award, Residential Property Awards


acre waterside neighbourhood

a mix of 365 houses and apartments, alongside a new 1-acre public park

“society is on the cusp of revolutions in personal transport, modular housing and flexible working – we need a revolution in the design of neighbourhoods, too.”

Mark Latham, Regeneration Director, Urban Splash