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06 Apr 2020 - Stephen Giles
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Hilton Birmingham Metropole & Stride Treglown reveal new NEC Hotel plans

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HENDERSON Park and Stride Treglown last week revealed plans for a new Hampton by Hilton hotel and multi-storey car park at the NEC in Solihull.

The new hotel (7/8 storeys) & MSCP (5 storeys) will be situated within car park 3 and 4 of the Hilton Birmingham Metropole (HBM), on Pendigo Way.

Property investor Henderson Park acquired the 790-room, HBM, from London-based The Tonstate Group back in 2017, along with Hilton London, for approximately £500 million. The deal was the investment firm’s first move into the UK hotel market. 

With the NEC and surrounding areas central to future investment plans, which includes HS2, Birmingham Interchange, International Station, the NEC Masterplan, UK Central, and the 2022 Commonwealth Games, Henderson Park have deemed this the perfect time to expand.

The hotel will deliver 191 standard bedrooms; 12 of which will be accessible rooms. A fitness room, lounge and dining facilities will be facilitated within the new development, as part of a central hub space.

A reception, dining area and back of house areas will be located on the ground floor, with the fitness room located on the sixth floor.

THE DEVELOPMENT

These renderings from Stride Treglown, the architect of record, shows a bold yet simple design. The hotel has been designed to suit the Hampton by Hilton brand. 

The positioning of the building reflects the sites location within the curtilage of HBM, its proximity to Perimeter Road and the pedestrian pathways that connect the NEC buildings to the car parks

The main hotel is separated into three distinct elements; the central body, rear wings and a podium at ground floor level which wraps the main entrance to the public areas.

The extensive use of glazing on the ground floor podium frames the hotel’s main entrance and public areas, providing visibility and active views through the building to the pedestrian footpath that circles the site and the pedestrian route to the NEC.

The central block is partly hidden by the horizontal bookended wings, with chamfered deep window recesses that will allow for this building to be completed by off-site construction methods.

LANDSCAPE

The arrival space has also been designed by Stride Treglown, which aims to provide a seamless connection to the existing Metropole hotel, HBM, MSCP, and beyond.

Clear and direct access, plus wayfinding through the site to the NEC has been thoroughly thought of.

The entrance plaza converges all routes and movements in and out of the site, with colour surfaces implemented to clearly separate car park from pedestrian route. Taxi drop offs will be provided to the front of the hotel with shared block surfaces for pedestrians and hoteliers alike.

New trees will be planted within the entrance plaza; adding visual interest and unquestionably enhancing the surrounding context.

There will be cycle storage too, with approximately 20 secure cycles directly available to the north of the MSCP.

THE MSCP

USE: 440 Standard & 12 accessible = 452 Total Spaces.

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PROJECT TEAM

CLIENT: Henderson Park Capital
ARCHITECTS (& Landscaping): Stride Treglown
PROJECT MANAGER/ QUANTITY SURVEYOR: John Rowan & Partners
M&E CONSULTANT: Silcock Dawson & Partners
STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: Peter Dann

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Words by Stephen Giles. Artists impressions from Stride Treglown.

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THROWBACK: Construction of Three Snow Hill (2016-2020)

Three Snowhill is the largest (420,000 sqft) and most prestigious commercial development outside of London. We've followed construction every step of the way, dating back from 2016, to building completion. Enjoy these throwback pictures!

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Having already completed Snowhill 1 & 2, Three Snowhill was the third and final phase of the Snowhill estate from Irish developer, Ballymore.

The development, funded by M&G Real Estate, and built by BAM Construction, kicked off in late 2016, and when fit-out completes in May 2020, the building will soon house approximately 4,000 workers.

BT have already secured a 283,000 square foot pre-let to be based here.

Enjoy the throwback!

MAY 2016 onwards:

Metrogogo

2017

2018

2019

2020

What a superb development! Pictures & words by Stephen Giles

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13 Mar 2020 - Stephen Giles
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The Construction of Three Arena Central (HMRC) - March 2020

The silver cladding panels on Three Arena Central (HMRC) are now on show. These have started to be fitted from the top of the building.

Workers are now in the process of installing them before peeling off their protective covers to reveal their final look. One to keep an eye on.

 

 

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Peeling off their protective skins to reveal shimmering, silver cladding.

Photos by Stephen Giles

8th March

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13 Mar 2020 - Stephen Giles
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JQ PROJECTS: Alben Works, 1-2 Legge Lane

ONE TO WATCH: In our series of exciting new developments across the Jewellery Quarter, we look closely at 'Alben Works' - a new mixed-use development at 1-2 Legge Lane from Liv Projekt and Sjölander da Cruz Architects.

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Steelwork is taking shape and groundworks are well underway on the site of Alben Works (1-2 Legge Lane), in the Jewellery Quarter.

Liv Projekt - the development company behind Sjölander da Cruz Architects - are developing this plot into a sustainable mixed-use scheme.

The company have been behind many of Birmingham's successful listed-building conversions in recent years. This is their first new build in the city.

ALBEN WORKS

The development will yield nine bespoke lofthouses built around a private courtyard at the rear, with live/ work offices fronting onto Legge Lane.

It has been meticulously designed to respect not only the urban and historical contexts of the area, but also that of the Jewellery Quarter Conservation Area.

This four-storey frontage building will instantly repair the damaged caused by its predecessor by simply reverting back to a shared rhythm of street frontages.

The building will boast a simple elevational grid; a flat roof; a northern roof light; and large floor-to-ceiling windows. 

Ground floor will comprise of double-height office units, with its upper floors delivering 1 one-bed and two-bed apartments.

Within the courtyard, 9 townhouses are to be constructed as a wing element to the frontage.

These have been designed to present an elegant modern interpretation of the industrial heritage of the area.

This well-designed sustainable development will see both buildings constructed in a simple palette of materials.

10 car parking spaces will be allocated, with each parking place having the infrastructure for electric car charging.

Whilst the rear pedestrianised courtyard could well be dominated by vehicles, it will however provide a shared amenity space for residents; a number of these units will boast external terrace spaces. Snazzy.

All Artists Impressions by Sjölander da Cruz Architects

'SET BACK'

This site was once home to the Rapid Steel Company that made alben safety razors - hence the name.

However, the former factory had lain empty for several years before the building and a substation were demolished in 2019.

Photo by Liv Property

It's easy to see why the building held a long negative impact on the area, not just economically, but also visually.

It was set back, thus eliminating any kind of shared relationship with its neighbours next door; it basically disrupted the rhythm of builds on Legge Lane. 

As pointed out above, Sjölander Da Cruz have remedied this by bringing the building forward and ensuring the street continues its alignment of curved frontages, whilst being respectful of the listed buildings on the street.

Legge Lane is all the more better with developments like this.

LATEST CONSTRUCTION SHOTS: February to March

Steelwork is taking shape with groundworks continuing at the front of the site, with the mews houses at the rear progressing nicely.

Such a picturesque street.

Photos by Stephen Giles

PROJECT TEAM:

DEVELOPERLiv Projekt
QUANTITY SURVEYORPMP Consultants
STRUCTURAL ENGINEERCouch Consulting Engineers
 

Words & Pictures by Stephen Giles. Artists Impressions from Sjölander da Cruz Architects.

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09 Mar 2020 - Stephen Giles
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JQ PROJECTS: Alben Works, 1-2 Legge Lane

ONE TO WATCH: In our series of exciting new developments across the Jewellery Quarter, we look closely at 'Alben Works' - a new mixed-use development at 1-2 Legge Lane from Liv Projekt and Sjölander da Cruz Architects.

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Steelwork is now taking shape on the site of 1-2 Legge Lane, otherwise known as Alben Works, in the Jewellery Quarter.

Liv Projekt - the development company behind Sjölander da Cruz Architects - are developing this mixed-use scheme that will see nine bespoke lofthouses around a private courtyard at the rear, with live/ work offices fronting onto Legge Lane.

The four-storey frontage building will boast a flat roof, with a northern roof light, simple elevational grid, and large windows. 1 one-bed and 2 two-bed apartments will be located on the upper floors, with double-height office units based on the ground floor.

Within the courtyard, 9 townhouses will be constructed as a wing element to the frontage building. These will include 7 four-storey, three beds & 2 three-storey, two/three beds.

This well-designed sustainable mixed use development will see both buildings constructed in a simple palette of materials with facing brick the primary material.

The mews houses at the rear will present an elegant modern interpretation of the industrial heritage of the area.

10 car parking spaces will be provided, with each parking place having the infrastructure for electric car charging.

Whilst the rear pedestrianised courtyard will be somewhat dominated by vehicles, it will however provide a shared amenity space for residents; a number of these units will boast external terrace space. 

All Artists Impressions by Sjölander da Cruz Architects

POSITIVE IMPACT

The development has been meticulously designed to respect not only the urban and historical contexts of the area but also that of the Jewellery Quarter Conservation Area.

This site was once home to the Rapid Steel Company that made alben safety razors, hence the name. However the former factory had lain empty for several years, before being put out of its misery and demolished in 2019.

Photo by Liv Property

The building long had a negative impact on the area, not only in a visual sense but also economically.

It was set back, thus eliminating any kind of relationship with its grander neighbours next door; it basically disrupted the shared rhythm of builds on Legge Lane. 

Sjölander Da Cruz's design has remedied that by bringing the building forward and ensuring the street continues its alignment of curved frontages, whilst being respectful of the listed buildings on the street. We love it.

LATEST CONSTRUCTION SHOTS:

Steelwork is taking shape with groundworks continuing at the front of the site, with the mews houses at the rear progressing nicely.

March 6:

Such a picturesque street;

February;

Photos by Stephen Giles

PROJECT TEAM:

DEVELOPER: Liv Projekt
QUANTITY SURVEYOR: PMP Consultants
STRUCTURAL ENGINEERCouch Consulting Engineers

Words & Pictures by Stephen Giles. Artists Impressions from Sjölander da Cruz Architects.

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The Construction of the Mercian - March 2020

A double update this time with photos from February and the first week of March. The core is rising visibly onto the skyline; now reaching level 11, with the main floors creeping up and starting to show its impressive bulk.

 

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With the three-storey podium constructed, attention now turns to the residential aspect above.

This will see the erection of a 39-storey residential tower, with a 14-storey shoulder element. Once complete, The Mercian will yield 481 apartments, all exclusively for rent.

The core slipform is growing in size every couple of days, with the core now sitting pretty on level 10 (March 9th), as seen below.

Image from Moda Reachtimelapse

Construction of the floors are also creeping up quickly, with the main tower approaching level 10 from Tennant Street, and level 9 from Broad Street.

The 14-storey shoulder is, at this moment in time, halfway through completing its 9th floor. Impressive stuff.

6th-8th MARCH:

Photos by Stephen Giles

Photo by John Egan

Photos by Daniel Sturley

8th February:

Photos by Daniel Sturley

Artist Impression from Glenn Howells Architects

Photos by Daniel Sturley, Stephen Giles and John Egan. Words by Stephen.

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The Construction of Snow Hill Wharf - March 2020

Superb progress is being made at one of the city's premier developments: Snow Hill Wharf, with all blocks noticeably well advanced, including the 21-storey tower; currently on floor 5. The concrete pouring of new floors continues across the site, and we've seen commencement of brickwork on one of the builds. Lovely.

 

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Brickwork has also commenced on The Barker building:

AND HOW THE DEVELOPMENT WILL LOOK ONCE COMPLETE IN 2022

Artists Impressions from GRID Architects

At present, Snow Hill Wharf stands at 406 apartments. However, a 2020 Planning application, still yet to be determined, will see SHW increased to 420, with an increase in two and three bedroom apartments, as per the details below.

OVERVIEW:

USE: Erection of a residential-led project comprising 420 residential apartments.

This sees an overall mix of 185 one-bedroom, 215 two-bedroom and 20 three-bedroom apartments, with the tallest build seeing a 21-storey tower overlooking the canal.
 
Snow Hill Wharf will facilitate three landscaped podium gardens and residents-only facilities, including a gymnasium, sauna, steam room, cinema and lounge.
 
143 car parking spaces are provided, including 5 EV, and space for 420 bicycles.
 
DEVELOPER: Berkeley Homes (St. Joseph West Midlands arm)
ARCHITECTS: Carey Jones Chapman Tolcher/ Fira Landscape/ Julia Palmer Interior Design
CONTRACTOR: Foundation Developments

Words & Photos by Stephen Giles

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The Timber Yard in Southside tops out! - Latest gallery update

Timber Yard has reached a construction milestone - it has topped out! The Galliard Homes & Apsley House Capital joint venture has already created a positive impact on the emerging Southside, as this update from Stephen shows.

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Timber Yard is the first development in Birmingham by joint venture partners Galliard Homes and Apsley House Capital.

The two build scheme, designed by Claridge Architects, will yield a total of 379 studio, one, two and three-bedroom apartments, and will also include nine ground floor commercial units.

The builds, ranging from 6-14 storeys, are separated by two pocket gardens and a landscaped internal courtyard. 

On-site amenities include a concierge service, gym, screening room, residents’ club lounge and undercroft car parking for 95, plus space for 358 cycles.

The scheme has been backed by OakNorth and Urban Exposure. Completion is scheduled for October 2021.

LATEST ON SITE

AND HOW IT WILL LOOK ONCE COMPLETE

All artists impressions by Claridge Architects

Photos and words by Stephen Giles

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07 Feb 2020 - Stephen Giles
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IN FOCUS: 211 Broad Street

It's a big week for planning applications in the city this week. We'll be looking closely at the developments set to be decided on Thursday February 13th.

First up is the 36 storey, '211 Broad Street'. 

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PLANNING RECOMMENDATION: Approval subject to safeguarding measures.

Taylor Grange Developments, a Birmingham based property developer, plan to construct a ‘super slender’ 36-storey block of 264 serviced apartments with hotel facilities, on land at 211 Broad Street.

The project goes to Planning Committee on the 13th of February.

It has been designed by Birmingham-based architectural practice, Glancy Nicholls Architects, with Court Collaboration as development manager.

The building will be 9.5m in width, 50.5m long, and whilst the building stands at 36 storeys tall, lift overruns and parapet level/crown feature will see the project reach 116.5m.

The project will see 33 storeys of serviced apartments with three floors of podium space intended for public retail, food and drink outlets, along with a residents' lounge and gym.

Artists Impressions by Glancy Nicholls Architects

FIRST UP: DEMOLITION

Today, the site is occupied by the unlisted Transport House and 117-118 Tennant Street at the rear. Both have been vacant since 2015 and will be not be retained.

Both have been fully assessed, with both concluded as having low importance of evidential value, and not holding any significance worthy of preservation.

Pictures by Graham Young; Birmingham Mail

'SUPER-SLENDER'

The proposal has, over time, evolved from 32 to 36 storeys, with Planning Officers welcoming the design, glass, and of course, the height, with a real belief that the proposal brings out the best out of the site.

And this certainly rings true. The narrow width of the site necessitates an efficient use of the land and represents a unique opportunity for a high density ‘super-slender’ tower to not only maximise the site, but to further enhance the Birmingham skyline.

Artist Impressions from Glancy Nicholls Architects

No parking provision is allocated; deemed acceptable by Planning Officers, due to the Midland Metro Westside Phase 2 tram extension arriving in 2021.

Whilst the potential hotel operator has no requirement for cycle parking, a guest could store one within the luggage area in their apartment, if needed. There will also be space within the back of house areas for the storage of a small number of bikes for staff.

THE FACADE 

A unitised facade system will take pride of place and give the building a glass box effect, thus maximising the views out of the window. It'll ooze simpleness.

No openable windows are proposed, so the architects have once again incorporated a slot vent system into their proposal.

The system allows fresh air in, and fresh air to go out. It will be incorporated into the spandrel panels on the glazing, which has been meticulously designed to minimise the impact on the facade.

EXTERNAL LIGHTING & SIGNAGE

The building will feature an two extra storeys of plant level, featuring potential integrated hotel signage and a crown feature - arguably the most visible element of the entire building.

The glazed middle, however, will not be externally lit but will instead rely on internal lighting from within the apartments. The crown will naturally hide the BMU unit (Building Maintenance Unit) and lift overruns.

This also has the potential to be visually permeable at night. Precedents include 610 Lexington Avenue, in New York City.

Artists Impression by Foster and Partners

ISSUES 

MODA and Cumberland House have expressed some issues to the project. Whilst there are no objections to the principle of development, they are concerned with a number of things:  

LIGHT: MODA & Cumberland House have objected on the basis that residents will suffer from a lack of it; a residents 'right to light'.

Cumberland consider that the unobstructed daylight enjoyed by Cumberland House for over 55 years is material to the hotel guest experience and constitutes a prescriptive right for their hoteliers.

Analysis provided indicates that 95% of The Mercian rooms with windows facing 211 pass the Average Daylight Factor test, with only 20 combined living rooms and kitchens falling short, but these have been assessed as kitchens.

PODIUM OVERSHADOWING:

"With the development of the 211 site, a large area of the podium does not receive more than 2 hours sunlight on the assessment date of 21 March. The additional effect of the current application proposal is a small area in the north eastern corner of the podium. Whilst there would be a loss of direct sunlight to the podium this would be mitigated by the improved wind microclimate as a result of 211 Broad Street. On balance, therefore I consider that there would be no significant adverse impact on the outdoor podium amenity area." - Planning Officer.

WIND:

A wind study has been meticulously conducted, with the conclusion that without 211, or the recently approved, 61-storey, 100 Broad Street, the Mercian podium is suitable for short periods of standing/sitting or strolling only. The introduction of 211 to the Mercian podium, would improve the wind environment, with only the introduction of 100 Broad Street having a minor impact.

"Furthermore the impact of 211 Broad Street building on the wind microclimate in its vicinity is low and pedestrian wind comfort should not be an issue. No mitigation measures are therefore needed." - Planning Officer.

BUILDABILITY:

Both Moda and Cumberland House have also objected on grounds that the confined size of the site would generate significant challenges to build. Solicitors acting for Moda and Cumberland House have since confirmed that they will not allow any cranes, equipment or materials to oversail their land, and as such the proposed development is not deliverable.

The applicants argue that buildability is not a material planning consideration for the purpose of determining this application. Nevertheless they have suggested that it would be possible for the crane to be located within the core, which will raise itself up as the core is constructed.

CONCLUSION

"The location of the development is suitable for a tall building and the proposed super slender tower would contribute to a cluster of building of well-designed tall buildings that would enhance the Westside quarter of the city centre and raise the quality of this section of Broad Street.

Moreover, the public benefits of the scheme outweigh any “less than substantial harm” to heritage assets. Whilst concerns of Moda and Cumberland House have been noted, the Planning Officer considers that the supporting technical studies are robust and that the proposed development would not have such significant adverse impacts to justify refusal.

Therefore, the development is acceptable subject to safeguarding conditions."

Recommendation: Approve subject to safeguarding conditions

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Upper Trinity Street, Digbeth: Plans revealed!

Huge plans have today surfaced for Upper Trininity Street in Digbeth

Click the link below for all the images for this new vibrant, creative, commercial and residential neighbourhood, which plays a vital part of Digbeth's wider regeneration.

 

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Developer Cole Waterhouse and Corstorphine+Wright Architects have today released their vision for a new cultural, commercial and residential neighbourhood at Upper Trinity Street in Digbeth.

This vision is in direct response to Birmingham City Council's Curzon HS2 Masterplan - which can be viewed here - and the emerging Digbeth Masterplan, which sets out to work closely with the Council to compliment other changes coming to the area.

THE VISION

900 new homes in heights of up to 31 storeys, new creative, cultural and commercial spaces will be formed alongside a new public park, with artwork. Ambitious stuff!

ENRICHING DIGBETH

With Digbeth already a unique place to work, attention turns to turning it into an established place to live AND work. With its edginess, creative community, eclectic venues all within close proximity, this is what makes Digbeth cool!

Importantly, Cole Waterhouse and co have sought to capture all of this in their plans, and uncover the many historical layers that this area has to offer. 

To their almighty credit, the developer plans to bring these layers to the surface, with these long forgotten historical buildings now set to become the main focal point of this new development.

"Our vision for Upper Trinity Street taps into the uniqueness of Digbeth, creating a 24/7 community that harnesses the characteristics of ‘Digbethness’ and creates an attractive cultural-led neighbourhood to live, work and visit.

We want Upper Trinity Street to once again play its part in a vibrant Digbeth, delivering spaces for people to live, work, create and enjoy whilst respecting the existing built heritage of such as the Lock Keeper’s Cottage, Bowyer Street Pumping Station, Upper Trinity Street Supply Station, Dead Wax and the Clements Arms." - Cole Waterhouse.

PLANS

ADDERLEY YARD

This new dynamic, pedestrian friendly new urban space will provide a venue for leisure, events, eating and drinking. 

MAKERS YARD & PUMP HOUSE PASSAGE

The Makers Yard will become a place for working surrounded by flexible employment spaces.

Pump House Passage will provide a fluid pedestrian link connecting Adderley Yard and Pump House Park which itself will connect through to the canal network and connectivity from Liverpool Street to Bowyer Street.

PUMP HOUSE PARK

Not only is the Lock Keeper's Cottage and Pump House being retained, it has been meticulously planned to make it a prominent focal point of the new development.

Steeped in history, the area is to become a new urban public park and will deliver circa. 4,000 square metres of public realm.

SKYPARK

A forward thinking one this.

Running along Upper Trinity Street, the Skypark will naturally form a southern anchor for 'The Brummie Highline', a proposal being brought forward and led by the City Council in the years to come, with the aim of transforming Digbeth and of course, Birmingham.

Plans will include a connection between the site and the canal network, with vital pedestrian and cycle routes into the City Centre.

WHAT NEXT?

The developer, architects and Planning Officers at Birmingham City Council will discuss the plans, a few tweaks will inevitably take place, before a Full Planning application is submitted in the very near future.

As ever, we'll be sure to keep you in the loop every step of the way.


Words by Stephen Giles. Artists Impressions from Corstorphine+Wright Architects

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Upper Trinity Street, Digbeth: Plans revealed!

Huge plans have today surfaced for Upper Trinity Street in Digbeth

Click 'View full post' below for all the images for this new vibrant, creative, commercial and residential neighbourhood, which will play a vital part of Digbeth's wider regeneration.

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Developer Cole Waterhouse and Corstorphine+Wright Architects have today released their vision for a new cultural, commercial and residential neighbourhood at Upper Trinity Street in Digbeth.

This vision is in direct response to Birmingham City Council's Curzon HS2 Masterplan - which can be viewed here - and the emerging Digbeth Masterplan, which sets out to work closely with the Council to compliment other changes coming to the area.

THE VISION

900 new homes in heights of up to 31 storeys, new creative, cultural and commercial spaces will be formed alongside a new public park, with artwork. Ambitious stuff!

ENRICHING DIGBETH

With Digbeth already a unique place to work, attention turns to turning it into an established place to live AND work. With its edginess, creative community, eclectic venues all within close proximity, this is what makes Digbeth cool!

Importantly, Cole Waterhouse and co have sought to capture all of this in their plans, and uncover the many historical layers that this area has to offer. 

To their almighty credit, the developer plans to bring these layers to the surface, with these long forgotten historical buildings now set to become the main focal point of this new development.

"Our vision for Upper Trinity Street taps into the uniqueness of Digbeth, creating a 24/7 community that harnesses the characteristics of ‘Digbethness’ and creates an attractive cultural-led neighbourhood to live, work and visit.

We want Upper Trinity Street to once again play its part in a vibrant Digbeth, delivering spaces for people to live, work, create and enjoy whilst respecting the existing built heritage of such as the Lock Keeper’s Cottage, Bowyer Street Pumping Station, Upper Trinity Street Supply Station, Dead Wax and the Clements Arms." - Cole Waterhouse.

PLANS

ADDERLEY YARD

This new dynamic, pedestrian friendly new urban space will provide a venue for leisure, events, eating and drinking. 

MAKERS YARD & PUMP HOUSE PASSAGE

The Makers Yard will become a place for working surrounded by flexible employment spaces.

Pump House Passage will provide a fluid pedestrian link connecting Adderley Yard and Pump House Park which itself will connect through to the canal network and connectivity from Liverpool Street to Bowyer Street.

PUMP HOUSE PARK

Not only is the Lock Keeper's Cottage and Pump House being retained, it has been meticulously planned to make it a prominent focal point of the new development.

Steeped in history, the area is to become a new urban public park and will deliver circa. 4,000 square metres of public realm.

SKYPARK

A forward thinking one this.

Running along Upper Trinity Street, the Skypark will naturally form a southern anchor for 'The Brummie Highline', a proposal being brought forward and led by the City Council in the years to come, with the aim of transforming Digbeth and of course, Birmingham.

Plans will include a connection between the site and the canal network, with vital pedestrian and cycle routes into the City Centre.

WHAT NEXT?

The developer, architects and Planning Officers at Birmingham City Council will discuss the plans, a few tweaks will inevitably take place, before a Full Planning application is submitted in the very near future.

As ever, we'll be sure to keep you in the loop every step of the way.


Words by Stephen Giles. Artists Impressions from Corstorphine+Wright Architects

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What's happening at 103 Colmore Row - take our January 2020 update

Take this post for a superb picture update of 103 Colmore Row from Birmingham's People with Passion Daniel, Tom & Karl. Steelwork continues its upward trajectory to the ninth floor, plus an exclusive first glimpse at the glass cladding, which was delivered a week ago. Update by our follower of construction Mr Stephen Giles.

 

 

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Work has re-commenced on site soon after the well-earned Christmas and New Year break.

Steelwork is back on the rise, now reaching levels 8 & 9, but without doubt the biggest news saw the first batch delivery of glass panels delivered on Wednesday (January 15th).

Having arrived from Italy, the panels have been designed by the Italian firm, Focchi; a specialist in window and curtain walling systems. 

This latest update shows the fantastic progress being made on site, but also shows an exclusive first glimpse of the cladding.

Enjoy!

Photo by BobB1

Photos by Tom Grunt

Photo by Karl Newton

Photos by Daniel Sturley

Photo credit to Sterling Property Ventures

Words by Stephen Giles

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The Construction of One Centenary Way - December 2019

Following several months of extensive site clearance and enabling works, construction of One Centenary Way is now officially underway.

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A piling rig is now busy on site.

Basement construction works will ramp up in 2020, followed by the frame construction, with a targeted completion date of autumn/winter 2021. 

Photo by Reiss Gordon Henry

Photos by Daniel Sturley

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One Centenary Way, Paradise, Birmingham Phase 2

One Centenary Way is now underway. In doing so, it represents the official start of Paradise, Birmingham, Phase Two.

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Rising to thirteen storeys above ground floor level, the building is being built speculatively, and once complete, will provide up to 280,000 square foot of prime city centre office space, with retail space on the ground floor.

OCW will also house Birmingham's first major cycle hub, catering for up to 500 cycles for hire & servicing, with showers and locker rooms included.

The new building will open out onto Centenary Way; the pedestrian walkway linking Victoria, Chamberlain and Centenary Squares, and will unquestionably provide a visually prominent gateway, with its exposed structural steel façade, as seen in the pictures below.

It is perhaps the most complex of all the buildings so far on the Paradise site, as the A38 Queensway tunnel runs directly underneath the site, with the design subsequently reflecting these constraints.

The A38 will remain in operation throughout the construction process, with piling works very much underway. 

 

Artists Impressions from Glenn Howells Architects

Words by Stephen Giles

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29 Dec 2019 - Stephen Giles
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St Martin's Place - top of the range apartments in Birmingham city centre

St Martin's Place is very close topping out. From Seven Capital, it will soon become Birmingham’s first luxury hotel-serviced living residences offering a lifestyle option very rarely seen outside of the capital.

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In a booming city with a growing demand for top of the range city centre spec apartments, St Martin's Place goes above and beyond.

Brought forward by Seven Capital, designed by Building Design Group (BDG) and financed by Urban Exposure, St Martin's Place is exclusively aimed at the business professional.

Located between Broad Street and Tennant Street, the development sits close to key business locations of Brindleyplace, Arena Central and the Paradise redevelopment.

City centre living is rapidly on the rise, which goes hand in hand with how well Birmingham is performing. A big upturn in people desiring to live and play within the city centre has risen sharply, buoyed by new transport links, easy walking distances to their workplace & a plethora of amenities at their immediate disposal.

Standards of living are rising tenfold, interiors are being meticulously designed and apartments are becoming more and more spacious, and can actually lay claim to being called “luxurious”.

STEP FORWARD, ST MARTIN'S PLACE

Artist Impression by BDG Architects

Rising to 17 storeys, the building is very close to topping out, with internal works already underway.

Check these latest images from December 2019:

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Photo by Stephen Giles

& the latest from December 22nd & the 23rd:

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Photos by Daniel Sturley

Once complete in 2021, St Martin's Place will feature 228 one, two and three-bedroom apartments, with a penthouse suite; all of which will benefit from full use of hotel services (spa, apartment cleaning, bar and restaurant) provided by the neighbouring four-star Park Regis Hotel.

Services within St. Martins will exclusively offer 24-hour concierge, bed-turning, dry cleaning & ironing services, with food and beverages able to be ordered via an exclusive hotel application. Snazzy.

Artist Impression by BDG Architects

Artist Impression by BDG Architects

Artist Impression by BDG Architects

There’s a private gym, communal WiFi lounge, cinema & a courtyard garden at podium level, providing an oasis of calm in an otherwise bustling, evolving city.

Artist Impression by BDG Architects

Artist Impression by BDG Architects

Artist Impression by BDG Architects

The development is scheduled for completion in and around Quarter 2, 2021.

For the busy business professional, St Martin’s Place will most certainly bring a welcome peace of mind to residents.

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The Construction of Three Arena Central - December 2019 Update

Take our gallery for an amazing December update from Birmingham's People with Passion of the amazingThree Arena Central in Birmingham.  

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Construction of Snow Hill Wharf - December 2019 update

Take a look at how the development at Snow Hill Wharf has taken shape during 2019.  Great gallery of photography from the It's Your Build Community and people with passion for Birmingham. 

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PROGRESS SHOTS:

How it looked in April 2019.

How things were shaping up in October.

Photos by Tom Grunt

And now how it looks in December.

AND HOW THE DEVELOPMENT WILL LOOK ONCE FULLY COMPLETE IN 2022

OVERVIEW:

DEVELOPER: Berkeley Homes

ARCHITECTS: GRID Architects/ Carey Jones Chapman Tolcher/ Fira Landscape

CONTRACTOR: Foundation Developments

Erection of a residential-led project comprising 420 one, two and three bed apartments.

There will be three landscaped podium gardens, concierge service, gymnasium and cinema room alongside parking for 139 cars, including five charging points for electric vehicles, plus space for 408 bikes.

Photos by Stephen Giles

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St Martin's Place, Birmingham - November 2019 update from It's Your Build

Seven Capital's 'St Martin's Place' continues to rise on Broad Street. With interesting construction methods, the development has largely been manufactured off-site. Check Stephen's latest picture update and check the phenomenal progress over the past few months.

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Building works here have rapidly blossomed in the space of six months or so. Whilst other developments take time to get out of the ground, St. Martin's Place is already close to topping out.

HOW?

Thanks to pre-cast offsite manufacturing being back in fashion and new technology being implemented, the pre-cast exterior is being designed, manufactured and assembled offsite by Creagh Concrete, who are using their popular fast-track building method called 'Rapidres', before assembling on-site. It's almost lego-esque.

These include the external sandwich panels you see today, which feature both a smooth and a brick finish, along with internal walls, stairs, lift shaft and flooring.

It's an ideal method for multi-storey projects where the layout is replicated across each floor, with the same method used at 'Aston Place' at Arena Central & The Lansdowne on Hagley Road.

With this method in mind, take a look at the difference five months makes.

APRIL 19 2019:

Photos by Stephen Giles

JUNE 1: 

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THIS WEEK - NOVEMBER 11+

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Photos by Tom Grunt

The project is being developed by Seven Capital, has been designed by BDG Architects, and is being built by Colmore Tang Construction.

Once complete, it'll sit at 17-storeys, and will feature a total of 
228 residential apartments - comprising 118 one, 105 two and 5 three beds.

These 'super deluxe apartments' will also include shared facilities with the adjacent Park Regis Hotel, including a state-of-the-art gym, cafe, private cinema and 24-hour on-site concierge service.

Six commercial units are proposed at ground floor level. A landscaped courtyard, sat above the car park, sits on the upper floors and will provide a beacon of peace and quiet in an otherwise bustling city.

& HOW IT'LL LOOK ONCE COMPLETE:

Artists Impressions by B|D|G Architects

Words by Stephen Giles

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103 Colmore Row - Steel up to 4th floor! - See our Nov 2019 update

Lots more progress on the lower steel structure on this build, which has now reached the fourth floor! Take the link for a our thorough weekly picture update from Daniel, Stephen & Tom.

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Work progresses at pace at The Mercian, Broad Street, Birmingham - see our November 2019 update

Take our post for an early November update of the construction work at The Mercian including some great photography. 

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Both cores have risen considerably since the last update, with the main core now sitting pretty at level 4. Just a mere 38 to go!

The pumping of concrete continues, as does the construction of new floors, as seen below.

Picture from MODA Reachtimelapse webcam

On the left hand side nearest the camera sits the only patch of land on site yet to see a floor. However, the vultures are quickly closing in.

A new floor is sweeping across from Tennant Street towards Broad Street at a quick rate, and given the frenzied nature of works here, it's only a matter of time before the whole site is officially filled in and 'The Mercian' can rise as one.

As stated in the last update, the main core will feature three public lifts, including a goods lift and a stairwell. This will allow access up to floor 42.

The secondary core, which you can see directly behind the main one, will service up to floor 14.

Photos by Daniel Sturley & words by Stephen Giles

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A real hive of activity at Birmingham's future tallest building - latest gallery update for The Mercian

A real hive of activity at Birmingham's (soon to be) tallest building. Pouring of concrete continues throughout, new floors are also being prepped, plus a concrete pump now sits tantalisingly close to the main core! Check the link for the latest Mercian update.

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The first floor podium has seen a concrete pouring on the Broad Street elevation, with work again commencing on the Tennant Street side. As you can see from the pictures, the podium level almost sits level with the Lee Longlands building next door.

With progress showing zero signs of slowing down, a concrete pump also now sits tantalisingly close to the main core. 

Hopefully not too long until we see this one rise into the Birmingham sky!

Photos by Daniel Sturley

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The Construction of Three Arena Central - October 2019 Update

Here's the latest ItsYourBuild photo gallery for Three Arena Central (HMRC). The sub-cladding is complete and the silver final panels will start to appear soon. The building looks very black and dark at the moment but makes for some interesting photos.

Take the post for a great gallery of photography.

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With the curtain walling more or less complete up to level 13, attention since our last update has quickly turned to the installation of pressure plates.

All this is in preperaton for the eagerly-awaited rainscreen cladding, which should start to appear in time for our next update.

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The Construction of 103 Colmore Row - October 2019

Significant progress has been made on the lower steel structure for 103 Colmore Row with the vertical setbacks now clearly visible on the Newhall Street side of the build and the large overhang at street level visible on Colmore Row.

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New to this update on the progress at 103 Colmore Row is the installation of four new 20 metre tall columns overlooking Colmore Row.

Weighing up to 20 tonnes, the structure will soon form the entrance to the new winter garden, the main architectural feature of the new development, as seen in the above render.

LATEST PHOTOGRAPHY TAKEN 14 - 20 OCTOBER:

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The Construction of The Mercian - October 2019

The construction of the podium at The Mercian on Broad Street is now well advanced, with concrete pouring commencing across the site. Both cores are progressing well and are almost ready for lift off. A cladding sample has also appeared on site. Exciting times!

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The main core will comprise of three lifts, a goods lift, refuse chute and a stairwell. This will provide direct access to floor 42.

A secondary core is also going up, as seen behind the main one. This will provide two additional lifts and provide access up to level 14, where the development will see a shoulder extension.

PHOTO UPDATE OF THE MERCIAN (14 - 20 OCTOBER 2019)

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A cladding sample is now taking pride of place on site.

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100 Broad Street - a new 61 storey addition planned for the Broad Street cluster

Birmingham is a city experiencing huge change. In the City's Westside, we are calling it the 'Broad Street Cluster' with some massive skyscrapers either planned or already under construction.

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A new 61-storey skyscraper is the next big building on the horizon for Broad Street after plans were revealed recently.

100 Broad Street, brought forward by Yardley-based, Euro Property Investments, will comprise 503 one-and two-bedroom apartments, with a 60th floor Sky Lounge, amenities and commercial units.

Located at the junction of Broad Street and Ryland Street, Centennial House, a disused office building owned by the applicant, will need to be demolished.

Rising to a mammoth 193 metres (633 feet), it's been designed by Jewellery Quarter-based practice, Glancy Nicholls Architects.

Birmingham City Council Planning Officers have intimated that a significant landmark building will be supported on site, subject to design, as the site lies within a location designated for taller ambitions.

No parking provision will be allocated, given that the Midland Metro Tram will service the area in 2021. Secure storage for 250 bikes will be made available instead.

While the design has been inspired by other talls, this proposal is unique for Birmingham - and crucially, it seems the numbers add up!

It's the tallest proposal the city has ever seen, and one which should set a precedent and inspire a new generation of tall buildings and architecture within the city centre.

As pointed out above, the Metro Tram will service the area, an extension that is already paying dividends to the regeneration, not only on Broad Street, but throughout the city, with its cleaner air and vastly improved accessibility.

It supports population and economic growth by linking jobs and people.

It also has the opportunity to perhaps kickstart the first phase of Ladywood's wider redevelopment plan due in the next few years.

With other developments coming forward, all linked via a tram route, the city should become an even more exciting place to live.

THE BUILDING

The building comprises an initial 55 storeys of apartments, with the rest earmarked for amenity, dining & commercial units.

The building will no doubt provide an attractive proposition for those wanting to live in the city.

Indeed, demand for city-centre housing is soaring; roared on by young professionals, and those who fancy a change of lifestyle.

The mix of units will see 224 one and 279 two-bedrooms, with all units available for sale on the open market, with accommodation sizes varying from 55.6 sqm to 80.8 sqm.

THE PAVILION

A two-storey (11m) pavilion will be incorporated into the rear of the site.

With a green roof proposed, it's been designed in a way to respond sympathetically to the nearby housing stock of Ryland Street.

A plethora of amenity offerings will be on offer here, including a gym, work space areas, games room, cinema, and a residents’ lounge with roof terrace – the latter will be accessed through a glazed link bridge.

A designated cycle storage area will be located here and will span both levels.

The materials will, like the tower, be made with an unitised facade system, mixing transparent and opaque panels.

ACTIVE FRONTAGES

The ground floor will boast a triple height lobby that'll be occupied by two commercial units (5,500 sqft) with mezzanine levels. Their entrances will be wholly independent to the residential aspect (see below).

Crucial really, as not only will they complement similar other uses along Broad Street, but they will also offer active frontages that will see the building blend into its surroundings, and enhance the vibrant street furthermore.

'THE CROWN'

Located on the 58th-60th floors lies the jewel in the crown (no pun intended) - the 'Sky Lounge'.

It'll be a publicly accessible bar and restaurant space, with the architect already promoting it as the largest highest-altitude dining experience anywhere in the country.

Gas masks at the ready!

It’ll be accessible from the ground floor lift, right up to the 58th entrance lobby, with the 59th floor offering a full-height bar & the 60th providing space for public and private dining.

EXTERNAL LIGHTING

Birmingham City Council's 'High Places SPD (2003)' requires that tall buildings should be lit by well-designed lighting schemes, and should add to the skyline of the city.

Given that the main pedestrian footpath leads onto a main arterial route, the path will be naturally be illuminated via street lighting, with the added hues of nearby entertainment venues.

The main entrance will be uplit with LED luminaires.

No building mounted feature lighting is currently proposed, but this is subject to change.

Due to the height, an aviation warning lights strategy will also need to be developed in conjunction with Birmingham Airport - a consultee in pre-planning talks.

All external lighting will be dimmable and controllable via photocell and time scheduling.

At the very top, the crown will be illuminated to a low level of ambient lighting which will emit through the open sides.

FACADE

The facade has been inspired by existing builds within the city and others further afield. Each facet of the design has taken a subtle nod from each.

A unitised facade system with titanium frames will take pride of place here, mixing transparent and opaque frosted glass panels. It'll ooze simpleness.

No openable windows are forecast, so the architects have once again incorporated a slot ventilation system into their proposal.

The system allows fresh air in, and fresh air to go out. It will be incorporated into the spandrel panels on the glazing, which have been meticulously designed to minimise the impact on the facade.

Historically, the site was once a well-known brass-works, so the architects will emphasise this with a slim linear articulation design that references the filigree patterns often found in brass-working. 

LANDSCAPING

The site lies immediately adjacent to the proposed ‘Five Ways’ Midland Metro tram
stop - seen below.

Many new trees will be planted and a high-quality public realm implemented, which will, once complete, respond positively to the stop, whilst integrating the scheme into its surroundings.

Eight or so new trees are proposed along the front of the building along Broad Street, with further trees within the external seating area, and off Ryland Street.

EVOLUTION OF THE SCHEME

Through pre-planning discussions, 100 Broad Street has evolved from three buildings, with a pinnacle 40 storey tower, to a 61-storey landmark skyscraper.

The massing of the tower now responds to the relationship between the existing buildings along Broad Street.

It's more simple in form, has more of an impact, with both masses sliding against each other, thus giving the development a more slender appearance - as seen below.

You'll notice that the positioning of the tower has also been delicately positioned. This is to give some enclosure to the adjacent houses on Ryland Street, whilst giving Broad Street an exclusive frontage.

DEMOLITION

All glitzy stuff, but before any of this can materialise, Charter & Centennial House, 34,000 sqft of disused office space, owned by the applicant, will need to be demolished.

All buildings and structures falling within the site have been credited as having no significant heritage value.

Images from Euro Property Investments

SO, WHO ARE EURO PROPERTY INVESTMENTS?

Euro Property Investments Ltd (Epil) operate an extensive property portfolio, with a wide range of glamorous projects undertaken within the UAE and beyond.

On U.K. shores, they've extensive experience in re-purposing and redeveloping sites in urban areas. Within Brum, the company are currently renovating Louisa Ryland House, on Newhall Street, for WeWork.

They are armed to the teeth with affluent Middle Eastern investors, but how this will translate back to the U.K. market and into the regions is anyone's guess.

Given Birmingham's unprecedented investment and construction records, will EPIL's investors make that seamless transition into the U.K. market? Only time will tell.

WHAT NEXT?

The building will go to planning committee soon, possibly towards the end of 2019, with demolition commencing in 2020, before construction in 2021, with a 2024 completion.

Given the exhaustive pre-planning process, this should fly through with approval.

The development will also be subject to a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) sum of over £3.7 million that will be put towards improving key infrastructure within the city.

For the time being, we'll have to play the waiting game.

All images in this article belong to Glancy Nicholls Architects

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