Stephen J. Giles

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12 hours ago - Stephen Giles
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APPROVED: Moseley Train Station

The historic redevelopment of Moseley Station has moved closer to reopening after plans were formally approved today (September 24) at Birmingham City Council's Planning Committee.

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The reopening of the historic Camp Hill line - which also includes the approved Kings Heath and Hazelwell Stations - will now see Moseley complete the final piece of the jigsaw that will see the re-introduction of passenger services to the south Birmingham line for the first time since 1941.

Brought forward by Transport for the West Midlands (TfWM) and the West Midlands Rail Executive (WMRE), the team are working with Network Rail and West Midlands Trains, as well as Birmingham City Council, D5 Architects, and Mott Macdonald to lead the exciting development of the new station.

Plans include two 150m long platforms with 50m canopies, seating, pedestrian access from St. Mary's Row, two raised walkways, lifts and stairs to said platforms, ticket vending machines, and a large pedestrian & cyclist walkway forecourt with a circular vehicular drop-off point (see below).

Platforms will be able to accommodate 6 car trains with a standard service provided every 30 minutes. No ticket offices will be delivered but machines will be prominently placed.

Lying within a highly sustainable location in centre of Moseley, ample covered cycle storage provision for 52 bicycles will be situated within a generously sized forecourt.

This will also become a vibrant public space for community uses with the intention to create an attractive new space that best reflects Moseley. 

The reopening of the station allows Kings Norton station to be opened up as an interchange hub, meritoriously connecting Birmingham Moor Street station with areas south of Kings Norton Station ahead of the forecast opening of HS2 (High Speed Rail) - effectively forming part of a fully integrated transport network for the West Midlands.

MOSELEY CONSERVATION AREA

Bound by Woodbridge Road, St Mary's Row, and lying close to designated Grade II listed heritage assets in St Mary's Church and the War Memorial, the site falls within the all-important Moseley Conservation Area.

No building work is anticipated, however, significant levels of infrastructure will be necessary to facilitate the station, including lifts, hard and soft landscaping, and the incorporation of the new roundel junction to increase traffic flow.

The current station site, lying vacant and offering zero contribution to the area, will be positioned adjacent the Grade II listed church and war memorial, but is generally expected to boost the Conservation Area with the reinstatement of the station line, offering a different mode of travel, as well as seeing the retention of the historic Moseley tunnel and wall.

To mitigate against possible issues, conditions with approval include suitable materials being used, landscaping, and noises from the P.A system will address any potential noise concerns.

PARKING PERMITS?

Once the station is up and running, the station will be closely monitored over a 6 month period to determine whether any traffic orders will be required. The same will be introduced to Kings Heath and Hazelwell.

A SECOND PEDESTRIAN ACCESS POINT IN THE FUTURE?

There was a lot of conversation from residents concerning a second pedestrian access point to the site from Woodbridge Road. Although it was agreed that it would certainly improve accessibility, it was deemed not financially viable to proceed with at this moment in time. Watch this space!

Words by Stephen Giles. Artists Impressions from D5 Architects & Mott Macdonald.
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16 Sep 2020 - Stephen Giles
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3 Arena Central: A Striking Centrepiece

Cladding is virtually complete on this striking centrepiece of a building, right at the heart of Arena Central. Due to open in autumn 2021, Stephen takes a closer look at the development, and how the building is already transforming Arena Central.

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Three Arena Central strikes a distinctive figure on the skyline doesn't it?

At 14-storeys tall, reaching upwards of 73 metres, it will soon become a home from home for several government services, including the new regional HQ for HMRC, in autumn 2021.

Sporting a geometric pattern of hexagonal metallic rainscreen panels, the building sits at the very heart of the Arena Central masterplan where it is already forming a strong identity; wrapping itself entirely around each of the facades to resemble a jewel, or maybe even giving a subtle nod to the former TV show Blockbusters.

The cladding has been divided into a standardised beehive-like grid, so that the rainscreen system can be incorporated throughout. The cladding sports a bright metallic sheen finish, which is in stark contrast to its near neighbours - but that's not to say it doesn't fit in.

COMPLIMENTING ITS NEIGHBOURS

MAKE have certainly designed Three Arena Central to be the striking centrepiece of the redevelopment, whilst being fully complimentary of its more established neighbours.

Yes, Arena Central does have an obvious eclectic mix of builds, but they do share, in one form or another, an architectural connection.

Photo by Stephen Giles.

With its angular geometry on full display, there are gentle nods everywhere you look; the double-height pedestrian friendly colonnades highlight this.

Hexagonal in shape, they’re similar in proportion and scale to the nearby Grade-II listed Alpha Tower, and the recently-completed HSBC UK HQ, next door.

Once the building is complete, and it soon will be, they will wrap around three sides of the building and will allow natural light into the recessed first floor, whilst providing an open vista looking outwards onto the new public square.

These hexagonal features have been designed so internal and external views are both the same, which will allow the tessellating pattern to be enjoyed from both perspectives, whilst also delivering areas of floor-to-ceiling glazing.

The building will boast recessed windows; adding depth, whilst the chamfered corners will naturally frame the building.

Photo by Daniel Sturley.

Photo by Stephen Giles.

This not only connects the relationship between them, but it also connects the dots for the impending public realms at Bank Court (adjacent, complete with water feature), and The Terrace - near Holliday Inn Express.

Arena Central Webcam: September 15 2020.

LIGHTING SCHEME

The strategy is quite simple: let the building do the talking! But that’s not to say the building won’t be washed with light.

The ground floor will be internally lit and will be occupied by units. The colonnades will also be uplit, with the metallic finish of the cladding assisting in illuminating the area even further.

The projecting metallic ‘hoods’ will also reflect light to provide a striking view when seen from below. Offices above, subject to operations, will too be lit.

This will undoubtedly create a random pattern of illumination that will complement the facades tessellating pattern, and become an Instagrammers dream.

With external works nearing completion, the internal fit-out - awarded to ISG - will commence in November and will complete in autumn 2021.

Words and pictures from Stephen Giles, with contributions from Daniel Sturley. Artists Impressions are from MAKE Architects.

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14 Sep 2020 - Stephen Giles
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Construction of The Oynx - April 2018- September 2020

The Oynx is in the final stages of completion, with students now moving into the building.

Stephen, Reiss, and Alan have followed this landmark student development every step of the way - dating back to April 2018. For all the images, including details on the project & renders, hit the post below.

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Construction is reaching its climax at The Oynx - a 1,025 bed purpose built student accommodation development located at Lancaster Circus.

Reaching 24 storeys (76m), the development sits on one of the most prominent sites in this area of the city, with close access to both Aston and Birmingham City Universities.

The scheme comprises two separate builds of 9-13 and 24 storeys, with extensive shared spaces available, including common rooms, study zones, health and fitness areas, and a cinema and living room on the 24th floor - offering views over the city.

An external communal amenity space is also provided within a central courtyard area opening out onto the south of the site.

Zero car parking provision has been allocated, however, a dedicated pick-up/drop-off area will be provided on Vesey Street.

In terms of bicycle storage, 256 secure spaces will be located on the lower ground floor.

Artists Impressions from Urban Innovations.

The development is being developed by MRP - the property and investment division of McAleer & Rushe. Urban Innovations are the architect of record, with AIG Global Real Estate forward funding the scheme to the tune of £100m - the largest PBSA deal in the UK, as well as the highest value deal outside of London.

LATEST UPDATE

September 12-13 2020:

Students are now moving into the building. There's still a few more tweaks to go before this one is completed! Also, a large 'To Let' sign hangs on the ground floor which could potentially offer some much needed commercial activity into the area.

September 4-10:

Photos by Stephen Giles.

JulyNew signage up!

May:

Photos by Reiss Gordon-Henry.

February:

Photo by Sherp.

2019

December:

Photos by Stephen Giles.

September:

Photos by Alan Webb.

August:

Photos by Reiss Gordon-Henry.

June:

Photos by Stephen Giles.

March:

Photo by Reiss Gordon-Henry.

February:

Photo by John Egan.

2018

December:

September:

May:

April:

Photos by Reiss Gordon-Henry.

Photos by Stephen Giles.

Words by Stephen Giles, with artists impressions from Urban Innovations.

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09 Sep 2020 - Stephen Giles
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The Construction of Symphony Hall - August & Early September 2020

A superb gallery from Daniel, Elliott and Stephen in this August and early September update, with the project now on the home straight to completion!

Click the post for a new render and some exclusive interior pictures from Galliford Try Construction - many thanks to them for sharing. 

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INTERIOR UPDATE:  

The internal scaffolding has come down to reveal the new extended space that'll feature the new foyer and performance spaces. Take a look around and you'll see some cool new seating in the form of cascading stairs and integrated balconies.

All images the property of Galliford Try Construction.

AND HOW IT'LL LOOK ONCE COMPLETE:

Artist Impressions from Page/Park Architects.

EXTERIOR: 

September 5-7: 

Photos by Stephen Giles.

September 4:

August 29:

August 19: Pouring down with rain..

August 13-16:

Symphony Hall

Symphony Hall

Symphony Hall

Symphony Hall

August 7:

August 1:

Photos by Elliott Brown.

August 7-8:

Photos by Daniel Sturley.

August 3:

Photos by Stephen Giles.

'LET THE MUSIC PLAY'

PROJECT TEAM: 
DEVELOPER: Birmingham Performances Ltd
ARCHITECTS: Page\Park Architects
CONTRACTOR: Galliford Try Construction
PROJECT MANAGER: David Stanley Consulting
COST CONSULTANT: PMP Consultants
CLIENT ADVISOR: Invigour
PRINCIPAL DESIGNER: CDM Scotland
MECHANICAL AND ELECTRICAL: Max Fordham LLP
STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: ARUP
ACOUSTIC: Hoare Lea
WEBSITE: https://making-an-entrance.thsh.co.uk/
Words & pictures from Stephen, with additional photos from Daniel & Elliott.
 
Artists Impressions from Page/Park Architects; Interior images from Galliford Try Construction.
 
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03 Sep 2020 - Stephen Giles
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JQ PROJECTS: The Lamp Works

The Lamp Works, located on Great Hampton Street, has moved to the next stage of development with the formal signing of a Section 106 agreement – paving the way for the redevelopment of a rundown site.

For all renderings and a thorough lowdown on the scheme from Stephen, click 'View full post'.

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Blackswan Property (*Blackswan Developments (Barr Street) Ltd*) are bringing forward plans to construct 129 apartments within Birmingham's famous Jewellery Quarter, after a section 106 agreement was formally agreed this week (September 2020).

Six months on from gaining planning approval, The Lamp Works, bound by Great Hampton Street and Barr Street, will see the retention, conversion and partial demolition of existing, rundown buildings, and the erection of four/five storey new builds.

The development, designed by BPN Architects, will create a total of 129 one, two and three bed apartments, a ground floor commercial unit and inner courtyard; alongside car and cycle spaces.

A total floorspace of 11,852 sqm will be created, with 1,587 sqm primarily for commercial uses.

The residential element will deliver a total of 64 one, 54 two, and 11 three bed apartments – mainly available for rent.

To break this down even further: 14 one bed/one person apartments; 40 one bed/two person; 51 two bed/three person; 13 duplexes (10 one bed/two person & 3 two bed/four person); and 11 three bed/6 person apartments, will be provided.

13 of these (8 one & 5 two beds) will be available for low cost market rent; thereby adding to the accommodation mix.

20 vehicular spaces (15% provision) will serve the development, with an entrance onto Barr Street accommodating a small car park. 5 secure cycle stores providing up to 132 cycle spaces will also be incorporated.

DEMOLITIONS

A series of rundown industrial builds on Great Hampton Street and Barr Street will be demolished, despite protestations from Jewellery Quarter Development Trust (JQDT), and Historic England.

Concerns were duly raised from both, believing demolition would cause significant harm to the fabric of Barr Street, and that the replacement builds were also too overbearing.

They did concede, however, that the Great Hampton Street building demolitions were justified.

In the end, Lamp Works required a careful balancing of the objections to the development against the huge public benefits of allowing the demolition and erection of these replacement builds.

** The site now has a clear route for the regeneration of what is essentially a rundown area, with the introduction of viable new uses, the restoration of historic buildings, the inclusion of courtyards and the construction of high-quality new buildings, in an area badly needing investment.

SO, WHAT’S MAKING WAY?

As outlined below, every building except 30-33 Great Hampton Street - occupied by Blue Nile restaurant - will be consigned to the history books.

These include the 2-3 storey buildings facing onto Great Hampton Street, home to Xtreme Mobiles, Vapour Devil and Mobile Base.

Great Hampton Street: Google Street View

On Barr Street, a line of six 2-3 storey buildings, currently vacant or being used as ad hoc storage will also be demolished.

In the centre of the site, the development team wish to retain a 3-storey skeletal steel frame from one of the buildings to act as the focus for a new courtyard space.

Barr Street: Google Street View

CONVERSION(S)

Blue Nile restaurant at 30 Great Hampton Street, is to be retained and refurbished, with first and second floors converted to provide 2 one bed & 2 two bedroom apartments.

New traditional shop fronts will be installed with new windows, brickwork and roofs fully restored.

The adjoining building at 33 Great Hampton Street is also set to be converted into a unit (usage yet to be decided) of 355 sqm on the ground floor, and one of 324 sqm on the first floor.

NEW BUILDS 

Five new builds of between 4 and 5 storeys will be constructed across the site.

Building A will see a four and five storey structure with a small single storey wing to the rear. It will provide 17 apartments, a ground floor commercial unit & a new internal courtyard.

Directly behind Building A will be three buildings of 4-storeys: B (27 units), C (20 units) and E (2 units).

Each build will be arranged around a central courtyard space which will accommodate the retained open steel frame, as seen below.

Building D (70 apartments) is to be 5 storeys tall and will front out onto Barr Street and the North West side of the courtyard area; it will also accommodate vehicular access into the site.

Buildings B-E will also provide apartment space.

Words by Stephen Giles. Artists Impressions from BPN Architects & Blackswan Property.

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26 Aug 2020 - Stephen Giles
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APPROVED: HS2 Interchange Station & Automated People Mover

HS2 Interchange Station and an Automated People Mover have been formally approved!

The new environmentally-friendly station will seamlessly integrate with Birmingham Airport, International Station, the NEC, and other modes of transport to become the best-connected place in the UK. For full renderings of the new station and its exciting new APM - click the link below.

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HS2 Interchange will be the best-connected place in the UK by rail, air and road with customers able to reach London Euston in a mere 38 minutes.

The Station, designed to focus on open space and landscaping, will deliver two 415 metre long island platforms, offering 4 platform faces, as well as 2 central high speed through lines for non-stop services.

Interchange will be linked to the NEC (National Exhibition Centre), Birmingham International Station and Birmingham Airport via an automated people mover carrying up to 2,100 passengers per hour in each direction, with a link every three minutes along the 2.3km route.

In addition to the APM, the station will be fully integrated with buses, taxis and private vehicle options. 

Net zero carbon in operation, the station will adopt the latest environmentally friendly design and sustainable technologies including harvesting of rainwater and sustainable power generation with solar panels. 

CONSTRUCTION

Located within a triangle of land bound by the M42, A45 and A452, the site is already well underway with regards to preparatory work. Modular bridge structures are now being put in place on the site of the station, with a remodelling of the road network set to facilitate new access. Work is now set to ramp up in the coming months ahead.

THE IMAGES: HS2 INTERCHANGE

AUTOMATED PEOPLE MOVER:

NEC stop & over Pendigo Lake:

Birmingham Airport Stop:

 

Interchange Stop:

MAINTENANCE FACILITY:

Words by Stephen Giles; Artists Impressions from HS2 Ltd & ARUP.

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26 Aug 2020 - Stephen Giles
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The Construction of The Mercian - July and August 2020

We've now reached the 27th floor on the main tower, with the main core now sitting pretty on level 29/30. It won’t be long now before it exceeds the 100m mark and saunters above Bank Tower II, adjacent.

Plenty of images here from our trusty team, with images going back to mid-July. Enjoy!

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The Mercian: Moda Reachtimelapse

Works have started in earnest on the 27th floor of this 42-storey development (132m), as seen above, with the core also continuing its upward surge and is almost at the 100m stage.

Facade works on the main tower is noticeably well advanced too; now wrapping itself around level 12, with the already topped-out 14-storey shoulder reaching the penultimate floor. Enjoy the mega update from Daniel, Stephen & Elliott.

17th August:

14-16th August:

2-3rd August:

16-31st July:

Photos by Daniel Sturley

21st July:

Photos by Stephen Giles.

11th August:

The Mercian

The Mercian

31st July:

The Mercian

25th July:

The Mercian

The Mercian

14th July:

The Mercian

The MercianPhotos by Elliott Brown.

Words by Stephen Giles.

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24 Aug 2020 - Stephen Giles
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Construction of Lionel House: June 2019- August 2020

A new residential development is in full swing on Lionel Street. Lionel House, replaces a tired old Multi-storey car park and will, once complete, deliver much needed footfall in an area undergoing change. 

Stephen provides the details regarding the development, with full renderings and update shots from June 2019- to the present day.

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Lionel House is a new 14-storey build-to-rent (BTR) apartment complex project from Lionel House Developments Ltd and Aberdeen Standard Investments (ASI).

The new building, on Lionel Street, replaces a tired looking 10-storey MSCP (Multi-storey car park), with the replacement building design meticulously referencing the materials of the surrounding buildings with its use of angled brickwork and precast stone panels - as seen below.

Landrow Place...

Artists Impressions from Benchmark Architects

Lionel House will comprise 259 one, two and three bedroom managed apartments, with the building delivering a residential mix of 156 one-bed, 90 two-bed and 13 three-bedroom apartments. But that's not all.

11,250 sqft amenity space will be primarily located on the ground floor, with full LED lighting & communal areas that'll feature a fitness room and kitchen, a 17-space car park and cycle storage for every resident.

A landscaped rooftop terrace is also incorporated and has been designed to give residents access to social rooms and an external social space with views over the city. 

NOW DEMOLISHED

Demolished MSCP: Google Street View

Lionel House is scheduled to complete in October 2021. Be sure to keep up to date on this development by following our Twitter account, and our Instagram.

PROGRESS UPDATE (Aug 2019-Aug 2020)

August 2020:

August 24 -

Image: Winvic Reachtimelapse

August 20-

Photo by Metrogogo.

August 18-

Image: Winvic Reachtimelapse

July:

June:

March: 

The structure starts to make an appearance on the skyline, this time from Sandpits:

Photos by Stephen Giles.

Photos by Daniel Sturley.

February:

August 21 2019:

Piling rig in situ.

June 6 2019:

Demolition shots..

Photos by Alan Webb.

Words by Stephen Giles.
Artist Impressions & webcam: Benchmark Architects & Winvic Construction.
 
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17 Aug 2020 - Stephen Giles
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APPROVED: 122 Moseley Street, Digbeth

122 Moseley Street, Digbeth, was approved at Planning Committee on Thursday morning (August 13), with the derelict site free to deliver residential apartments. Click 'View Full Post' for more on redevelopment plans.

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122 Moseley Street: Site plan

After two years of talks, 122 Moseley Street was finally approved 8-4 at planning committee on Thursday (August 13), with the developer, Tindlesouth Ltd, now free to commence work on site.

Designed by Sjölander da Cruz Architects, plans will see the demolition of a vacant, former vehicle workshop, and the construction of a replacement 5-storey building comprising 29 one and two bedroom apartments.

Importantly, the scheme brings back to life a derelict site with a sustainable redevelopment within the emerging Rea Urban Valley Quarter, which will deliver 10 one bed (34%) & 19 two bedroom apartments (66%).

The site will fit the plot fronting Moseley Street and Highgate Park to the rear - as seen in the site plan above.

Apartments will be arranged around a landscaped central courtyard that will be accessed by residents and space for 20 cycles.

Moseley Street elevation

Highgate Park elevation

NEIGHBOURS

The site is flanked by two businesses: Flex Fitness to the west & Cleary Irish Bar to the east, which had caused local residents to initially object to the 2018 scheme.

Residents highlighted potential issues relating to noise, explaining that the (noise) report submitted by the applicant was ‘fundamentally flawed’, as it didn't take into account that Clearys Bar has a 3:30am license to play live music on Fridays and Saturdays, and 2pm- midnight on Sundays.

After two years of talks, plans were thoroughly examined by officers and duly amended; apartments have since been repositioned away from the public house, with various walls in between offering further insulation.

Noise mitigation measures are in place moving forward, with the implementation of ventilation and specific glazing.

"The principle of residential development would accord with development plan policy at this location whilst the potential impact upon the future residential occupiers, as a result of the adjacent pub, has been considered in great detail and with the conditions attached would be mitigated to an acceptable level." - Birmingham City Council.

In terms of materiality, 122 Moseley Street will be constructed in lighter brick tones and darker recessed brick adjoining the windows.

The developer reaffirmed their stance that the policy compliant 35% affordable housing provision wasn't realistic to commence with, and would have made the development unviable; a sum of £58K, however, was previously agreed (August 2018) for the provision of off-site affordable housing.

Words by Stephen Giles.
Drawings by Sjölander da Cruz Architects
 
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04 Aug 2020 - Stephen Giles
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Snow Hill Wharf - July & August Update

Excellent progress is being made on the brickwork across the site, with the tower now progressing to level 14, to the point where it is beginning to make an appearance on the skyline.

Click view full post for another fabulous update from Stephen, with new visuals of The Regent - The Gun Quarters tallest residential tower.

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The final phase of Snowhill Wharf was released this week.

The Regent, as it will be known, will be the Gun Quarters tallest residential tower - standing at 21 storeys tall (220 feet).

It currently resides on floor 14 - as the below pictures will show.

Backing up onto the canal system, The Regent will deliver a total of 108 one- and two-bedroom apartments, and even includes two top floor penthouses.

New visuals have officially been released this week, showing how the project sits within its new surroundings and the draw dropping views residents will have of the skyline.

UPDATE: August 1-4

The Colmore:

The Fazeley:

The Lancaster & The Barker:

From left to right: The Barker, The Lancaster, The Regent, The Colmore.

July 21

Words and photos by Stephen Giles, with artists impressions from Berkeley Group.

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03 Aug 2020 - Stephen Giles
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Construction of 103 Colmore Row - July and August 2020

The structural steelwork has officially been constructed at the top of the building, with the elegant glass facade quickly catching up, and it's looking pristine. However, the best is yet to come!

Click the post for a tremendous gallery of update photos from Daniel, Stephen, and Elliott. 

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As the pictures show, the steelwork has reached the top floor, with the buildings stylish facade rapidly coming along.

The next phase of development will see the design & manufacturing of the glass facade (Focchi Group) for the top floor lantern restaurant, where restaurateurs will benefit from 8 metre high ceilings & breath-taking 360o views of the city. We cannot wait!

Enjoy the update.

1st August:

Photos by Stephen Giles.

103 Colmore Row

103 Colmore Row

103 Colmore Row

31st July:

103 Colmore Row

103 Colmore Row

29th July:

103 Colmore Row

103 Colmore Row

103 Colmore Row

103 Colmore Row

103 Colmore Row

25th July:

103 Colmore Row

103 Colmore Row

103 Colmore Row

Photos by Elliott Brown.

24th July:

 

 
 
 
 
Photos by Daniel Sturley

21st July

103 Colmore Row

103 Colmore Row

103 Colmore Row

103 Colmore Row

103 Colmore Row

Photos by Elliott Brown.

21st July:

Photos by Stephen Giles.

18 July:

103 Colmore Row

Photos by Elliott Brown.

 
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24 Jul 2020 - Stephen Giles
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The Construction of Symphony Hall - July 2020

Designed to reconnect the city through the world class musical offerings at Symphony Hall, the new development is already a prominent new addition to Centenary Square.

Click 'view full post' for a wonderful set of images showcasing the development, with pictures from Stephen, Elliott and Daniel.

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22nd July:

Photos by Stephen Giles

20th July:

Photos by Daniel Sturley

14th July:

Photos by Elliott Brown

AND HOW THE FRONTAGE WILL LOOK

A new application has surfaced showcasing revised plans for the metal gates/ decorated screens incorporating signage. These can be seen below:

The latest proposed artists impressions from Page/Park Architects.

PROJECT TEAM: 
DEVELOPER: Birmingham Performances Ltd
ARCHITECTS: Page\Park Architects 
CONTRACTOR: Galliford Try Construction
PROJECT MANAGER: David Stanley Consulting
COST CONSULTANT: PMP Consultants
MECHANICAL AND ELECTRICAL: Max Fordham LLP
STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: ARUP
WEBSITE: https://making-an-entrance.thsh.co.uk/
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14 Jul 2020 - Stephen Giles
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Gun Quarter Projects: The Crown Works

If the Jewellery Quarter is the cool-kid, then the Gun Quarter is the dark sheep of the city. We take a look at the latest development to hit the Gun Quarter: The Crown Works. Recommended for approval on July 16th.

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'THE CROWN WORKS'

Recommendation: Approval

Brought forward by Czero Developments, The Crown Works is a BTR (Build to Rent) development of 203 one, two and three bedroom apartments and penthouses designed for modern city living, in an up and coming area of Birmingham.

Historically, the Gun Quarter (aka St. George & St. Chad) was at the heart of the world’s gun-manufacturing industry, and whilst it still creates, nowadays the area is changing in character and density, with new industrial style apartments and student digs.

Located on an unkempt stretch of Hanley Street/Lower Loveday Street, The Crown Works will deliver a sustainable new community that enhances the historic nature of the area, by providing a total of 91 one, 99 two and 13 three bedroom apartments - all exclusively for rent.

20 (10%) of the units are to be provided for low cost market rent at a 20% discount of market rent - comprising of 9 one bed & 11 two bedroom apartments. 

Birmingham Interactive Development Map

The development will range from 4-8 storeys tall and will comprise of shared landscaped gardens, public and private roof terraces, co-working spaces and two flexible ground floor commercial units.

It has been designed by London-based Claridge Architects – the architectural practice behind Timber Yard and Soho Loop.

Their design is contextual and has been formulated to offer a modern, enhanced interpretation of the area.

VIEWS: Looking up Summer Lane

All residents will have undiluted access to the facilities on offer, including: co-working space; an exercise studio; dining & meeting rooms; 970 sq.m of landscaped shared amenity space & a 290 sq.m landscaped roof garden.

19% of the apartments will profit from private amenity space.

This is the site as we know it today:

Summer Lane: Google Street Maps

...and how it'll look;

The above model shows the Summer Lane frontage, as well as the stepped down approach on Lower Loveday Street to the right.

The lower element has been designed to sympathetically reduce the impact on the locally listed building next door on Lower Loveday Street.

VIEWS: Lower Loveday Street looking towards Summer Lane

Here we see the massing increasing from 4 to 6 floors, before the tallest element reaches 8 storeys facing onto Summer Lane. The colour palette will be predominantly red/ brown brick tones.

The below model showcases the Hanley Street block elevation; this is a distinct one in that it introduces pitched roof space, which breaks up the scale of the massing.

It’s been designed to provide a contemporary interpretation of the areas industrial grain.

The pitched building will feature green/grey stock brick. This will go a long way to complimenting the red brick tones of the adjacent block. Decorative glazed ceramic spandrel panels will adorn the upper floors.

QUICK GLANCE: FLOOR BY FLOOR

Lower ground floor:

The scheme provides two flexible commercial spaces, with uses set to be decided by user demand. Access into the site will be located on Summer Lane, but will come with secondary accesses on Hanley Street and Lower Loveday Street.

Vehicular parking will be accessed off Hanley Street, where 29 cars, including 4 accessible spaces and electric charging points will be offered. 2 car parking spaces will be allocated for car sharing schemes. In addition, the proposal provides space for 11 motorcycles.

204 cycle parking spaces, with workshop space, will be included, and these will be split into two enclosed cycle stores. 

Ground floor:

On the ground floor, residents are met with a double height reception lobby with concierge. Services here include a fitness studio, co-working and meeting/dining space, plus the landscaped courtyard.

Upper floors:

Floors 1-5 of The Crown Works are fundamentally alike, with a mix of one, two and three bedroom apartments.

Sixth floor: 

Here, the sixth floor offers duplex apartments and a fabulous array of private amenity space for those lucky enough to be occupying the upper floors. 

Roof terrace:

2017 ISSUES AND THE INTRODUCTION OF ‘CAZ’

The development site encompasses the Birmingham City Council 'Clean Air Zone', which aims to improve air quality through discouraging polluting vehicles from entering the City Centre. This will likely come into play across the city from 2021.

Back in 2017, Xian Developments came forward with an outline application for the site: this was withdrawn, before bursting back onto the scene with a full planning application - this was refused at committee for noise related issues, with objections from nearby companies.

Fast-forward to today and whilst there is a chance residents could complain about noise, it is worth noting that rooms are now located to the quieter courtyard side - making this application vastly different from the 2017 one.

The adjacent factory supplies parts to Jaguar Land Rover; they have now decided to relocate, thus potentially eliminating any obstacle. The factory will linger, however, but with no tenant.

‘CAZ’ is coming into effect: will companies want to pay £50 a day to drive a HGV into the City Centre?

The Crown Works goes to Planning Committee on July 16th at 11am.

Artists Impressions: Claridge Architects
 
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New Digbeth Residential Project: 176-183 Moseley Street

A new 131-bed apartment scheme in Digbeth goes to Planning Committee later this week - and it's recommended for approval. This is 176-183 Moseley Street.

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176-183 MOSELEY STREET

Recommendation: Approval subject to a S106 agreement

Brought forward by Euro Property Investments, 176-183 Moseley Street is a PRS (Private Rental Scheme) development of 131 one, two and duplex apartments in the ever-evolving Digbeth district of Birmingham.

Positioned at the junction of Moseley Street and Alcester Street, the development will see demolition of a rundown industrial site before a part 6, part 7 storey new build can commence.

The development encompasses the emerging Rea Valley Urban Quarter (more below) and will be set around a landscaped internal courtyard, with apartments boasting balconies and open terraces.

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Yeme Architects have designed this contemporary apartment block, with the project framed to maximise the potential of the site by aiding much-needed regeneration.

The mix of apartments will deliver a total of 66 one and 65 two & duplex bedroom units; with the proposal meeting a wide range of housing needs through the addition of larger duplex units, and a range of sizes for the one and two bedroom apartments. 

The new development will repair the damage caused by the current crop of buildings by redefining the street and bringing a much needed visual benefit to the area.

The massing will been subdivided into distinct blocks to help reduce its scale on adjacent streets. It'll wrap entirely around the footprint of the site, allowing for a communal courtyard facility, with balcony space; each unit will have some element of private outdoor space, be it balcony or terrace.

Given the proximity to the Eastside-leg of the Midland Metro Tram - set to kick off in 2021, provision has been made for 188 secure cycle spaces and just 19 vehicles. Both will be situated on the lower ground floor, accessed via Moseley Street.

Two pedestrian access points will be included - the first from Moseley Street via steps, and the second from Alcester Street, where access to the inner courtyard will be provided. Lifts will serve all floor levels.

Interestingly, Birmingham City Council's Transportation Department have requested a S278 agreement requesting a new footway crossing and a redundant one reinstated prior to development being occupied.

AFFORDABILITY

The developer has explained that their return would not be sufficient to support 35% affordable housing, and one that would make the development unviable.

Nevertheless, 13 Low Cost Home Ownership dwellings (8 one & 5 two bed) will be available at 80% of market value – providing a minimum of 10% on site affordable housing.

FIRST UP: DEMOLITION

The existing site contains poor quality buildings and a large forecourt ruled by car parking.

Small wholesale, manufacturing and retail businesses currently operate from these units. Plans will result in the loss/relocation of 6 businesses - a loss of circa.20 jobs.

REA VALLEY URBAN QUARTER 

The Rea Valley Urban Quarter SPD encompasses the front part of this site, and offers a once-in-a-lifetime prospect for the City.

But what is it? 

It's an aspiration that seeks to create a linear park/green leafy space spanning the length of Moseley Street, eventually linking up with the future Smithfield redevelopment & Highgate Park.

It will attempt to eradicate vehicular traffic other than for access to properties along Moseley Street and endorse increased footfall along the route.

The River Rea is a notoriously under-utilised asset in the city and one with the potential to act as a major catalyst for high-quality regeneration schemes.

Aspirations include opening-up the river bank to create an exceptional public space with sustainable new residential and commercial developments either side.

And this is where 176-183 Moseley Street comes in. Due to the location, the design response from Yeme has seen the building set-back to incorporate greenery and, together with balcony spaces facing the street, reflects the future ambitions for the creation of a green and active street.

You can read the draft document here: https://www.birminghambeheard.org.uk/economy/rea-valley-spd/

176-183 Moseley Street goes to Planning Committee on July 16th 2020.

Words by Stephen Giles with artists Impressions from Yeme Architects.

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The Construction of Snow Hill Wharf - June 2020

Update! Fab movement at Snow Hill Wharf - the Gun Quarter’s newest development that will bring a much needed 420 apartments to the area.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣

Superb images once more from Stephen and Reiss - two guys who have been following SHW from the start. For a full June update, with renders and info regarding the development - hit the link below.

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Artists Impression from GRID Architects/ Carey Jones Chapman Tolcher

There's been excellent progress on site since the site recommenced after lockdown. The main tower, which will rise to 21 storeys, is now presiding on its 11th floor.

Three of the four smaller blocks have now officially reached their full height and fabulous new feature roofs are being applied.

Brickwork also continues at a steady pace across the blocks.⁣

⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣LATEST IMAGES

Photos by Stephen Giles

June 17th:

Photos by Reiss Gordon-Henry

PLANS & RENDERS 

Brought forward by prominent developer, Berkeley Homes, Snow Hill Wharf will deliver five new buildings, with a 21-storey tower, comprising 420 one, two and three bedroom apartments; these will yield a total of 185 one, 215 two & 20 three bedrooms.

Snow Hill Wharf will facilitate three landscaped podium gardens and residents-only facilities, featuring a gymnasium, sauna, steam room, cinema and lounge. 143 car parking spaces are provided, including 5 EV, and space for 420 bicycles.

Artists Impressions from GRID Architects & Carey Jones Chapman Tolcher

Snow Hill Wharf is scheduled to complete in early 2022.

Words by Stephen Giles. Pictures by Stephen & Reiss Gordon-Henry

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Construction of Symphony Hall - June 2020

A new milestone has been achieved at Symphony Hall with the installation of glass. For a full June update with pictures from Stephen, Daniel and new updated proposals from Page/Park Architects, click the full post below.

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26th/27th June:

Photos by Stephen Giles

June 14th:

Photos by Daniel Sturley

AND HOW THE FRONTAGE WILL LOOK

A new application has surfaced showcasing revised plans for the metal gates/ decorated screens incorporating signage. These can be seen below:

The latest proposed artists impressions from Page/Park Architects.


PROJECT TEAM: 
DEVELOPER: Birmingham Performances Ltd
ARCHITECTS: Page\Park Architects 
CONTRACTOR: Galliford Try Construction
PROJECT MANAGER: David Stanley Consulting
COST CONSULTANT: PMP Consultants
MECHANICAL AND ELECTRICAL: Max Fordham
STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: ARUP
WEBSITE: https://making-an-entrance.thsh.co.uk/
 
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The Construction of 103 Colmore Row - Our early June 2020 Update

The steel structure has now reached the top end of the core and is almost at the stage of topping out. Elsewhere, the two outer 'slabs' are now at full height.

Take our article for over 40 fantastic photos of this amazing new build.

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"Over the next two weekends (weather permitting) we bid a fond farewell to Tower Crane A. Another big milestone in the project as we enter the final 12 months of construction" - SPV

Staircase frame is reminiscent of New York's Vessel.

Here's how work has progressed throughout end May through early June.

 

8th june

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#BLMBIRMINGHAM

Stand up Birmingham! Thousands peacefully gathered in the city yesterday from all different communities and backgrounds to show solidarity with those fighting for justice and black lives everywhere.

#BLMBirmingham

 

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APPROVED: A Scientific Research Facility & a new University Rail Station!

Approval has been granted today for two major developments over at the University of Birmingham.

Exciting times for the city, and for the region as a whole.

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RAIL: UNIVERSITY STATION - UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM
Decision: Approved

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The new station comes when the existing station currently struggles with over capacity.

It was built in the 1970s as part of the introduction of the Cross-City Line and was designed for accommodate 400,000 passengers per year and, except for some modifications in the 1990s during electrification, it has remained fairly untouched since.

Today, the station is used by approximately 3.48 million passengers per year, with numbers expected to top 7 million passengers by 2043.

To significantly accommodate and meet these increased capacity requirements, a new station is needed, which will now deliver:

  • Enhanced passenger facilities & improved connectivity for pedestrians and cyclists;
  • A new footbridge over the canal linking University of Birmingham campus to the new station;
  • Improved & upgraded amenities (changing rooms/retail etc) and more efficient operation, reducing over-crowding;
  • Wider platforms with longer canopies, lift access & heated waiting rooms;
  • Large public open space improving the approach to the station;
  • A spacious new public realm area linking the existing station to the new entrance which includes pick up/drop off and cycle storage facilities.

The existing station building will not be totally demolished, the exit will be refurbished and incorporated into the project and used to facilitate a safe, fluid passenger flow across the site, as seen below.

No passenger car parking is included in these plans, however, four spaces for staff (including 1 accessible) will be provided and located adjacent to the main entrance.

27 trees will have to be removed as part of plans; to mitigate their loss, 18 are scheduled to be planted within the landscaped public space, with a potential 60 planted to the rear of Platform 2, as seen below. 

EDU: UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM - MOLECULAR SCIENCES, PHASE 1
(University of BirminghamAssociated Architects)
Decision: Approved subject to a section 106 agreement
 
 

Also approved!

This 12,790 sqm modular sciences academic building will comprise of a world class research facility.

The development forms the first phase by the University of Birmingham to create a flagship facility for world class scientific research, with this project specifically delivering flexible science space, with a focus on thematic research.

Part 6/7 storeys tall, the new building will accommodate up to 500-600 people and will primarily focus on chemical, environmental and biomolecular sciences within post-graduate and academic research. 

The School of Chemistry, a team of environmental scientists from the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences (GEES), and a postgraduate research student centre will relocate to the site.

A range of specialist lab spaces for Chemistry & GEES research will be incorporated;

  • Synthetic chemistry – fume cupboard intense primary labs;
  • Specialist labs including NMR & MRI, Mass Spec & Chromatography, Laser Labs, Cell Biology etc;
  • Academic and open-plan offices, meeting rooms;
  • Post-Graduate Research Hub

The building will also comprise of lecture, tutorial and research rooms, breakout spaces, Skype rooms, plus waste and containment rooms.

Outside, a new landscaped plaza will be created with significant new tree planting. A new cycle route is also proposed with new covered spaces for a minimum 23 cycles. Three accessible parking bays will be included.

Words by Stephen Giles, with exclusive artists impressions from Associated Architects

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The Square: A new 110m tall for Broad Street

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Plans will see the delivery of three new buildings comprising of a 3*, 8-storey Hotel of up to 231 rooms and 440 build to rent (BTR) apartments across two adjoined residential blocks of 35 (110.85m) and 6 storeys.

The redevelopment is being brought forward by 2020 Living Ltd, otherwise known as Taylor Grange Developments, and has been designed by Corstorphine+Wright.

The Square will be introduced into the emerging Broad Street cluster and will provide a new yardstick for community living in the city

A multitude of amenities will be on offer here as part of the BTR package, with secure unprecedented access to top-of-the-range internal and external amenity offerings totalling 1185.8 sqm.

The Hotel will also feature flexible commercial usages, which will likely contain a bar or restaurant on the ground floor.

For residents, however, both residential builds will be adjoined via a shared podium, as seen above and below; amenities will feature a 200m running track within the courtyard, wellbeing facilities, gym & café space, cinema/party room, dining and lounge areas, a crèche, plus work and meeting spaces.

An inner courtyard will provide external green space offering different zones to either work or play. It will become a place to promote wellbeing and healthy activity, whether through exercise regimes or just a place to chill out and relax in the outdoor seating areas.

Fitness stations will be located on the perimeter for those with regimes to maintain. As the project evolves, there will most certainly be opportunities for enhanced fitness offerings here.

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Additional private amenity space will be provided within the crown of the 35-storey. It will offer a continuous 6m cantilevered brick colonnade framing a 360-degree roof terrace that will be lit up at night.

WHAT ABOUT THE RESIDENTIAL MIX?

The residential mix will see a total of 46.4% one-bedroom apartments and 53.6% two-bedroom apartments. The entire mix currently includes 204 one (102 1B1P/ 102 1B2P) and 236 two bed (192 2B3P/ 44 2B4P) - totalling 440.

PARKING & ACCESS

Given the sustainable location of the site, only four EV (electric vehicle) bays will be designated for residents. These will be accessed via the hotels under croft.

168 cycle spaces will be available within Building A, where a dedicated cycle workshop will also be provided.

Access into the residential part of the site will be from Ryland Street, with an area of public realm on the corner providing a clear entrance to the ground floor reception.

Access into the Hotel will be directly off Grosvenor Street West with a clear through route linking into the courtyard for shared amenities between residents and guests. 

Designated lay-by space for drop offs will be accessed on Grosvenor Street West.

A total of 7 trees will also be removed to facilitate the development, with 4 being retained. 40 new trees will be planted as part of these new plans.

WHY THIS SITE?

The principle of residential for the site was established back in 2017 through a prior approval application; fortunately, a change of use from offices never materialised, hence this proposal.

Occupied in some quarters, all builds are around 3-4 storeys and are now deemed unsuitable for commercial tenants. These will be demolished should planning consent be granted.

Before & After:

The Public Consultation Period for this proposal ends on July 2nd 2020. Be sure to comment on the application

Words by Stephen Giles, with exclusive artists impressions from Corstorphine+Wright.

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Paradise: Transformation of the Public Realm

Earlier in the week we posted a little update on our Instagram showcasing the current progress acoss the civic heart of Birmingham: Chamberlain Square.

Public realm works continue across the site and it is of the highest quality!

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New lighting has appeared on Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery (BMAG), with new paving continuing near the Town Hall.

Next on the agenda will see the restoration and refurbishment of the Joseph Chamberlain Memorial.

Photos by Reiss Gordon-Henry (IYB)

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DIGBETH: Upper Trinity Street Regeneration Plans

Upper Trinity Street is one of the most anticipated developments of the year that will deliver almost 6,000sqm of mixed creative, retail, leisure and workspace, a 133 bed hotel and a mammoth 936 new homes across nine new buildings, ranging from 5 to 32 storeys.

The development is phaseable and will likely be completed by 2029.

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Cole Waterhouse and Corstorphine+Wright plan to redevelop this rundown site into a new cultural, commercial and residential neighbourhood built around a new public park, artworks and a network of exciting new yards and squares. 

All creative, cultural and commercial spaces will be provided at ground floor level; providing a new, diverse and creative new community for the city.

Plans will see demolition works throughout, with the exception of the historic Lock Keepers Cottage and Pump House, with nine new replacement buildings comprising of 936 apartments (affordable BTR/Private sale), a funky 8-storey hotel, 63,000 sq ft of commercial spaces, all in builds ranging from 5 to 32 storeys (101.5m).

Phasing Plan:

Phase 1: A, B & C
Phase 2: E, F & G
Phase 3: H
Phase 4: J
Phase 5: D (dependent upon operator demand)

Phase 1: Blocks A, B & C (Makers Yard, Passage & UTS)

Three linear buildings varying from 15-16 storeys tall will be built, connected by 2/3 storey level shoulder elements to Upper Trinity Street - to align with the viaduct opposite. The shoulder blocks to the passage total 6/7 levels. The massing of these builds reflect and respond to their context.

The builds will include a main reception and amenity space at the base of Block B with entrances off the Yards. At levels 1-6, residents will be provided with roof gardens, with apartments at these levels also enjoying the added benefit of their own private roof terrace.

The two Makers' Yards that lie within this phase will become the beating heart of the new neighbourhood at Upper Trinity Street. The Yards will be fronted by ground floor creative units, workspace and residential facilities.

Around these Yards will be some of the most vibrant amenity offerings in the scheme, allowing users to collaborate, work and socialise.

Pump House Passage will provide a key pedestrian route through the site. It will connect Adderley Yard and Pump House Park, which itself will connect through to the canal network, providing connectivity from Liverpool Street to Bowyer Street and beyond.

Residential mix:
Block A: 16 storeys tall; 24,100 sq ft commercial space & 151 apartments (one, two and three beds)

Block B: 15 storeys; 13,810 sq ft of commercial space & 127 apartments (one, two and three beds)

Block C: 15 storeys; 98 apartments (one and two beds)

Phase 2: Blocks E, F & G and Bowyer Yard

Live/work units will offer a different typology here, and will almost certainly be suited to artists, makers or anyone who wants small studio space and a place to reside closeby.

Bowyer Yard is formed by the blocks and is a quiet space for residents; providing a space with its own individual character that relates specifically to the uses around its perimeter. 

202 apartments will be delivered across all three, with apartments and live/work units delivering one and two bedroomed homes.

Residential mix:

Block E: 10 storeys; 3,724 sq ft commercial space & 67 apartments (One & two bed).

Block F: 7 storeys; 57 apartments (One & two bed).

Block G: 5-7 storeys; 2,195 sq ft commercial & 67 apartments (one & two bed)

Phases 3 and 4 (Blocks H & J)

Blocks H and J are the two tallest buildings proposed for the development (32 and 19 storeys). Once these get underway UTS will be a totally different animal.

The 32 storey (101.5m) Block H will deliver 234 one, two and duplex apartments, with 8,998 sq ft of commercial space, a plethora of amenities, and a gym that will open to a covered terrace space, with links to a 7th floor roof garden. A first floor amenity garden is also incorporated.

Block J will top out at 19 storeys, delivering 124 apartments, 5,253 sq ft of commercial space & a level 7 amenity space.

A bustling new public space will be created in between these two builds: Adderley Yard.

It'll become the key gateway into the site, and the first port of call for visitors. It will be created around the retained Dead Wax pub and Electric Supply Station - both of which are locally listed.

The area will become a dynamic new space whilst providing potential event space, with painted mural artworks and Digbeth-esque artworks creating a vibrant sense of place. 

Block D (Hotel & Pump House Park)

While it is easy to look at the buildings set for demolition, it is important to realise that the prominent existing heritage elements currently on site will be fully utilised to reshape the redevelopment, with the in-situ lock-keepers cottage, canal pump house and culvert all incorporated into the Pump House Park.

These are being retained, preserved and celebrated. The Cottage is likely to be re-purposed for community use, with its own community garden.

Pump House Park will deliver 4,000 sqm of public realm through a neighbourhood park. It'll become a centrepiece for the scheme but will also act as a stepping stone to unlocking regeneration in the surrounding vicinity, aka Duddeston Viaduct Skypark.

A new 8-storey hotel will occupy a key location overlooking the Skypark and Pump House Park, named after the former Victorian Pump House - a vital piece of canal infrastructure and the inspiration for a large new industrial art installation.

The hotel will deliver a total of 133 bedrooms and 266 sqm of flexible commercial space. It will be brought forward once there is occupier demand to.

The new ‘Ghost Structure’ around the Pump House mimics the former Victorian Pump House and chimney, its form and location have been meticulously researched by the use of historic maps and photos

The original brick Pump House and chimney stood on site 200 years ago. Unfortunately, this isn't on site anymore. To remedy this, the developer, architects et all are proposing a reintroduction of the missing structure, and giving a sense of scale to the park.

Original Pump House:

PROJECT TEAM

DEVELOPERCole Waterhouse
PROJECT MANAGER/ COST CONSULTANTHenry Riley LLP
PLANNING CONSULTANTBarton Willmore
STRUCTURAL ENGINEERRenaissance Associates
MECHANICAL & ELECTRICAL (M&E)Novo Integration
FUNDING PARTNERS: TBC
CONTRACTOR: TBC
TARGETED COMPLETION: 2029

Words by Stephen Giles; Artists Impressions from Corstorphine+Wright & Exterior Architecture

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PLANNING DECISIONS: 7th May 2020

Here's the lowdown on the BIG planning applications that were decided on this afternoon (May 7th), which included the rejuvenation of a Jewellery Quarter site, and a 178-bed student scheme.

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These are the main developments going to Planning Committee on May 7th 2020. 

(APPROVED) RESI: Heaton House Lofts, Camden Street, Jewellery Quarter.
(You can read more regarding Heaton House >here<
(APPROVED) STUDENT: 8 Selly Hill Road, Selly Oak.
(APPROVED) FAITH: Harborne - Manresa House, 10 Albert Road.
(APPROVED) LIDL Store, Hamstead, Former GKN Site Land at Old Walsall Road.
(APPROVED) MIXED-USE: Hockley - Community Vocational College.
(APPROVED) RESI: Minworth - Hansons Bridge Road.
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DECISIONS:
 
STUDENT: 8 Selly Hill Road, Selly Oak
(Madison Construction LtdD5 Architects)
Application: 2019/09000/PA
Decision: Approved 8-4.
 
 

The site has today been approved (7/05/2020) and will now see demolition of the existing Selly Oak ex-servicemen's club, as well as 133 Dawlish Road, and the construction of a 178-bed student-led redevelopment.

The new build will vary from three-storeys to five, comprising of 6-10 bed clusters and studios, with shared lounges and kitchens.

A 3-storey frontage will take precedence on Selly Hill Road, however, due to the levels across the site, this will see two lower ground levels. The scheme will see two rear wings which will then drop down to 3 storeys in height at the rear.

To the rear, to go with the bin store & cycle storage, a landscaped communal amenity space is provided, as well as a communal lounge that will open out onto the amenity space. A cinema/games room and gym are also included in the scheme.

Artists Impressions from D5 Architects

FAITH: Harborne - Manresa House, 10 Albert Road

Application: 2020/00222/PA
Decision: Approved 10-0
 
 

Manresa House is a series of connected existing buildings set within large garden spaces to both front and rear. 

The building is owned by the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) and functions as the provincial novitiate for the UK. A novitiate is where novices, or trainees, spend the first two years of their training period, where it can last over 10 years to become brothers or priests within the Society of Jesus. 



The redevelopment, now approved, aims to improve the functionality and accessibility of the site by way of demolition of modern extensions and the subsequent erection of two new 'wing' extensions to provide residential, religious and admin facilities.

A villa dating back to the 1840's will be retained and refurbished.

A total of 24 bedrooms (12 en-suite) will be provided, comprising of 18 bedrooms situated within the two-storey northern wing (12 novice bedrooms & 6 senior bedrooms, including one accessible), along with 7 bedrooms (6 guest beds and one accessible room) located in the southern wing.

Provided within these extensions include a new chapel, a new and improved library, support spaces, meeting rooms, kitchen, dining and laundry facilities. Buildings to be demolished include a 1980's Library building, plus residential wings

Parking provision on the site has not been altered and remains as is, however, it has been moved from the north end of the front garden to the south side.

Artists Impressions from OMI Architects

LIDL Store, Hamstead, Former GKN Site Land at Old Walsall Road

Application: 2019/08290/PA
Decision: Approved 11-0
 

Artists Impressions from Whittam Cox Architects

Construction of a single storey Lidl foodstore on a vacant area of land, sited to the eastern side of Old Walsall Road.

A total of 152 car parking spaces are included here, including 8 disabled bays and 9 parent and child spaces. A provisional 10 cycle storage racks are also provided.

MIXED-USE: Hockley - Community Vocational College, Former Muhammad Ali Centre

Decision: Approved 10-0
 
 

The site will now see demolition of an existing fire damaged building and the erection of a 300-space Community Vocational College for 14-25 year olds.

The development will focus on empowering local people with skills in the hospitality, health and social care and business sectors, providing employment placement opportunities by engaging them with local businesses.

Students between the ages of 14 to 29 will attend for both short and longer term courses, in some cases as part of apprenticeship arrangements with local businesses.

In close relation to the community vocational college an ‘enterprise employment hub’ (exhibition and meetings area) and 7 enterprise units will also be erected within the site and will be available on short-term leases.

On-site accommodation above the enterprise employment hub and units will provide 52 one and 11 two bedroom flats (63 bedrooms in total) targeted at older current students and graduates.

A central open square will act as a communal focus. 30 on-site car parking spaces will be provided when the site is not required for events.

The community sports building, the Muhammad Centre, is due for demolition. The building was the subject of a fire in 2002 and has remained derelict ever since.

Artists Impressions from Hodson Architects

RESI: Minworth - Hansons Bridge Road

Decision: Approved 10-0
 
 
Outline application with all matters reserved for the redevelopment of a brownfield land with the erection of 20 residential dwellings.

The site is set to deliver 8 one bedroom apartments; 6 two bedroom and 6 three bedroom houses. All units (100%) will be affordable housing; providing 7 for shared ownership & 13 for rent. 35 car parking spaces are to be included.
Indicative site layout from BM3 Architects
 
The next Planning Committee hearing will take place on May 21st 2020.
 
Words by Stephen Giles.
Artists Impressions from: BM3 Architects/ D5 Architects/ Hodson Architects/ Whittam Cox Architects & OMI Architects.

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JQ PROJECTS: Heaton House Lofts, Camden Street

Heaton House Lofts includes the rejuvenation of a neglected site in the Jewellery Quarter. Featuring new builds apartments, townhouses and commercial uses, the jewel in the crown is a 19th Century villa from 1795 - Heaton House. 

Plans will see it restored, converted and made the crowning centrepiece of this exciting new development.

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ONE of the most eagerly anticipated developments of the year goes to Planning Committee on Thursday (May 7) with the developer seeking to transform a neglected 19th Century Jewellery Quarter site.

Heaton House Lofts, on Camden Street and Powell Street, is being brought forward by Elevate Property Group, with ambitious plans to transform the site by way of demolition, conversion and the erection of four new builds; delivering 42 apartments, 14 townhouses and 3,500 sq ft of commercial space.

Elevate are seeking to breath new life into the site, having owned the site for two-and-a-half-years now, and having gone through a rigorous application process. D5 Architects have designed the scheme.

UNEARTHED 19TH CENTURY GEM

The development will unearth and revive a true hidden gem within the site: 1795-built Heaton House, with plans to restore the Georgian villa into a four-bedroom (3,362 sq ft) dwelling house, with its own garden, rooftop terrace and garage.

The villa was once a middle-class dwelling house in the 19th century, before being swallowed up by the industrialisation of the Jewellery Quarter. All original features on the house will be reinstated, with only modern additions being removed.

The building will undergo sensitive cleaning and repair works to its brickwork; installation of a new slate roof; repairing/recreating the original stone; installation of new windows; and the installation of a new portico entrance & staircase - as you can see below.

Directly around Heaton House, the hardscaping here represents the footprint design of the original landscape the villa once sat in - a nice gentle nod to the past; these can be seen on historical maps of the site.

Heaton House will soon become the centrepiece of the new development, with all new contemporary builds strategically formed around the villa.

SITE PLAN WITH NEW BUILDS

The site will be thoroughly demolished before work can commence here.

Plans will see the construction of four new builds; three of which will be residential builds located on Camden Street (Block A, B & C); one commercial building (Block D) on Powell Street; with Block C and D seeing three-storey rear wings that enclose the site boundaries.

Stephen Giles: Birmingham Interactive Development Map

The residential mix of accommodation will comprise of 20 one bed (one person apartment); 10 one bed (two person apartment); 12 two bed apartments; 12 three bedroom townhouses; 2 four bedroom townhouses; and Heaton House will provide 1 four bedroom villa. 6 (10%) apartments are to be provided as low cost units with a 25% discount on market sale values.

All builds facing out onto their respective streets will reach four storeys tall.

Block D will be a commercial build with ground floor residents entrance lobby and access to the commercial spaces on the upper three floors. Uses here are expected to see offices or leisure/gym use. Residents will be free to be walk through and out onto the internal courtyard to the three-storey winged townhouses and parking/cycle areas.

On Camden Street, two of the blocks will rise to five storeys as you venture into the site; by virtue of accommodation proposed within the pitched roofs.

Given the gradient of the street, the Camden Street frontage naturally steps down before the builds are interjected by the main entrance; thus ensuring Heaton House gets the last laugh with a new prominent frontage.

A cycle store of 57 will be provided within Block B, with vehicular access provided under Block A, where a courtyard space will cater for 15 cars.

SUBTLE NOD: The gates here are in the original position as they were in the 19th century. 

THREE-STOREY WINGS

These three-storey wings will be subdivided to provide 14 townhouses, with the intention of enclosing the western and southern site boundaries.

The periphery of the site will include amenity spaces in the form of courtyard spaces of various sizes, and the incorporation of private terraces to the rear of said dwellings.

DEMOLITION 

Before all this can materialise however, the site will need to be demolished. 

Today, the site is bringing down the tone of the Conservation Area; sitting forlornly, occupied by vacant un-listed two and three storey industrial builds, with many in a poor state of no return.

Objections to these demolitions have been raised by The Victorian Society, Historic England and Jewellery Quarter Development Trust (JQDT), who all share the same concerns: the loss of the back-to-back housing and the original Coach House to Heaton House. 

SITE: Back to Backs, Camden Street, Google Street View

Elevate - a company who have sensitively renovated many historic build over the years, pointed out that these buildings have been left to deteriorate over the years, whilst interiorly, they have been stripped back and altered so much, that no original character remains.

SITE: Camden Street, Google Street View

'BENEFITS OF REDEVELOPMENT OUTWEIGH THEIR LOSS'

The Conservation officer accepts their loss by admitting that the conditions of these builds were too far gone, with the back-to-backs the only one offering any modicum of significance; albeit medium, but admitted that it would be difficult to implement them into the scheme.

SITE: Summer Hill Road, Google Street View

SITE: Powell Street, Google Street View

Heaton House Lofts has been recommended for APPROVAL.

Words by Stephen Giles
Artists Impressions are the property of Elevate Property Group/ D5 Architects.
 
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The Construction of The Mercian - May 2020

Work is well underway on the facade installation, and it's looking good! The core has now reached level 15, with the 14-storey shoulder very close to topping out, with all floors edging upwards on a daily basis and showing its impressive bulk!

Another superb picture update from Daniel, Reiss and our legion of passionate contributors.

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May 4th: Moda Timelapse Webcam

The big news this month is of course, the installation of the facade. Interestingly, the side facade on the shoulder element (facing camera) will see all solid panels; this is to avoid overlooking onto the upcoming 211 Broad Street slender skyscraper development - which can be viewed here

Enjoy this late March to present day update from Daniel and Reiss, with positive contributions from others. 

LATEST: May 3rd & 4th

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Photos by Reiss Gordon-Henry

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Photos by Daniel Sturley; Many more photos in the Full Gallery

PROJECT OVERVIEW: THE MERCIAN
The Mercian is a 42-storey (132m) skyscraper at the heart of Broad Street, in Birmingham. The building comprises of a 3-storey podium space, with a 200-metre running track, 35,000 sq ft of retail and leisure space and 30,000 sq ft of other communal facilities. On top of the podium are two cores - one for a 39-storey tower, with the other seeing a 14-storey shoulder - totaling 481 one, two and three bedroom apartments, all exclusively for rent.
 
PROJECT TEAM:
DEVELOPMENT PARTNERS: Moda Living/ Apache Capital
FUNDING: Harrison Street/ NFU Mutual/ Goldman Sachs
ARCHITECTS: Glenn Howells Architects/ Oobe Landscape
INTERIORS: Naomi Cleaver
PRINCIPAL CONTRACTOR: John Sisk & Son

PLANNING CONSULTANT: Turley Planning
 

Artists Impression from Glenn Howells Architects

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