Benmore is a former council housing estate on the southern fringes of Birmingham city centre, England. The estate is bounded by the Bristol Road to the west and Pershore Road to the east, creating a long tract of land on a north-south axis.

Originally named the Calthorpe Project and the Calthorpe Park RDA, it was approved and constructed over 3 phases on the site of bomb-damaged semi-detached housing. For the first phase, consisting of four 11 storey tower blocks was approved in 1963 and was built by DL. The second phase was also approved in 1963 and included the 16 storey Ottawa Tower. It was constructed by Laing. The third and final phase was approved in 1965 and completed the following year by DL. The estate was a combination of tower blocks, low rise blocks of flats and blocks of maisonettes.

The estate was owned by Birmingham City Council until the late 1990s when residents voted in favour of transferring the housing stock into the control of Optima Housing Association, a not-for-profit social landlord. Over the years, the housing association has undertaken extensive renovation works on the estate including the refurbishment of the tallest tower block on the estate, the demolition of other tower blocks and the refurbishment of the remainder of the buildings and public realm.


All the named tower blocks on the estate took reference from Canadian cities.

A group of four storey blocks were named by Optima Housing Association during the estate's renovation

  • Clearwater House - formerly 48 Benmore Avenue, a long block of maisonettes
  • Careen House - formerly 44 Benmore Avenue, a square block of maisonettes
  • Keeley House - formerly 42 Benmore Avenue, a square block of maisonettes