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16 Nov 2020 - Stephen Giles
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Construction of 103 Colmore Row - October & November 2020 photo update

103 Colmore Row is certainly looking superb!

Take our October & November update feature from Daniel and Reiss, contributors at It’s Your Build and Birmingham We Are, and loyal followers of the built environment in Birmingham.

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Construction of 103 Colmore Row - October & November 2020 photo update





103 Colmore Row is certainly looking superb!

Take our October & November update feature from Daniel and Reiss, contributors at It’s Your Build and Birmingham We Are, and loyal followers of the built environment in Birmingham.


NOVEMBER

Photos by Daniel Sturley

Photos by Reiss Gordon-Henry.

OCTOBER

Photos by Daniel Sturley

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15 Nov 2020 - Stephen Giles
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Priory House Resi Conversion Set For Approval

Rainier Developments and Corstorphine + Wright Architects are bringing forward plans for the conversion of Priory House, Southside, into residential usage - which will also see £200K of improvements to the Gay Village.

Plans go to Planning Committee on the 19th of November, at 11 am, with approval recommended.

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Rainier Developments and Corstorphine + Wright Architects are bringing forward plans for the conversion of Priory House, Southside, into residential usage - which will also see £200K of improvements to the Gay Village.

Plans go to Planning Committee on the 19th of November, at 11 am, with approval recommended.


Priory House represents an industrial building of architectural interest.

Built in the 1950s, it was last used as a forensic science lab but has unfortunately lain empty for 8 years, with the previous owner only recently surrendering the lease back in 2019.

THE PROPOSAL

Lying at the junction of Kent Street and Gooch Street North, the proposal seeks to deliver 79 new homes complete with internal and external residents’ amenity spaces, along with secure car and cycle parking areas.

The building will be revitalised to provide a heavy mix of one & two-bedroom homes, in a range of one/two/three/four-person apartments & duplex townhouses. It will also feature a handful of three-bedroom ‘family homes’ - seven of them will be provided.

37 one-bedroom apartments (one & two-person); 35 two-bedroom apartments (three & four-person); and 7 three-bedroom (four-person) apartment units will be delivered overall.

These townhouses will be situated along Kent Street. All three will be double-height duplexes, each with their own individual entrance & stair. 

The exterior of the building itself will be maintained but repaired to retain its character. New windows will be installed along with roof level changes to incorporate a lift overrun.

AMENITIES

A plethora of residents amenities are also on offer, predominately at basement level (98sqm), with additional spaces at ground floor & a 330sqm external courtyard area.

Apartments facing this space will also have the added benefit of private gardens—snazzy!

Given the location, 10 car parking spaces, along with space for 98 cycles will be available at basement level and these will be accessed via Gooch Street North.

SOUTHSIDE IMPROVEMENTS

The application is supported for approval subject to a S106 legal agreement - this includes £200K contributions directed towards public realm improvements in the village, with improved CCTV & enhanced street lighting—with the applicant more than willing to help with this.

As the proposal features the conversion of build and has no new buildings, the scheme isn’t required to make an affordable housing contribution.

Over the years developments have drawn many objections owing to the potential harming and vitality of the Gay Village; Priory House, with a blank wall to licensed premises, is deemed to be of a safe distance away to possess any actual harm, although it will implement suitable noise mitigation measures going forward.

Artists Impressions from Corstorphine+Wright Architects

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13 Nov 2020 - Stephen Giles
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MODA's 722 BTR Scheme at Great Charles Street Set For Approval

Plans for a 722 build-to-rent apartment complex on 'the bomb site' in the Jewellery Quarter have moved closer to being realised, with Great Charles Street recommended for approval.

Plans will go forward to next week’s Planning Committee on November 18th 2020, at 11 am.

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Plans for a 722 build-to-rent apartment complex on 'the bomb site' in the Jewellery Quarter have moved closer to being realised, with Great Charles Street recommended for approval.

Plans will go forward to next week’s Planning Committee on November 18th 2020, at 11 am.


MODA Living and Apache Capital Partners’ second development in the city will see a new mixed-use scheme of 722 build-to-rent apartments at Great Charles Street.

Ryder Architecture has meticulously designed the scheme to provide a transition between the Jewellery Quarter Conservation Area and the city core.

It’ll feature three new-build blocks of 5-6 storeys, 6-16, and a signature 39-storey (126.15m) tower. 

The apartment mix will deliver a healthy 372 one, 315 two, and 35 three-bedroom apartments, in a range of types and sizes.

Broken down, this will accommodate 158 one bed (one person) apartments (42- 45sqm); 213 one bed (two-person) apartments (50sqm); 315 two-bed apartments (70- 86sqm); and 35 three-bed units (93- 113sqm).

To keep the development viable, 5% (36 units) of on-site affordable housing provision at a 20% discount will be allocated. These will comprise 18 one-bedroom (two-person) & 18 two-bedroom (four-person) apartments.

HEALTHY LIVING & WIDE-RANGING AMENITIES

MODA actively promote healthy, socially connected living for all of their residents; with an abundance of state-of-the-art amenities on offer across all of their projects, and this one will be no different.

Residents will have access to lounges, health and wellbeing facilities, a cinema room, open-air rooftop terraces, landscaped private and public gardens, 24/7 concierge service, and flexible workspaces.

Away from the building aspect, improvements to the public realm around the site will feature a brand new plaza and arrival space, with upgraded footways, tree planting, and the addition of street furniture.

The setback 39-storey tower will, too, incorporate an amenity area at the foot of the building, and on the 16th floor - with the massing of the building punctuated with this space, as seen in the renderings.

With a top-notch design to boot, MODA has arguably raised the bar for amenities and design in Birmingham, with other developers in the city playing catch up.

ACTIVE COMMERCIAL FRONTAGES

Pivotal. The intention here is to create a vibrant site that not only complements its surroundings, but one that enhances the hustle and bustle (pre and post-Covid) of the surrounding area.

The aim is to turn this site into a go-to destination with public-friendly frontages with an eclectic range of uses.

All units will be on the lower and upper ground floors of the site’s perimeter.

Many boutique bars, retail units and/or independent cafe's and restaurants could well move here - these will come forward later on down the line. Other uses will include health and wellbeing, workspace and leisure units. 

THE BUILDS

Birmingham City Council has long pushed for a strategically placed, well-designed landmark building at the corner of Great Charles Street & Livery Street, as per the framework documents of the Big City Plan (2011) and Snow Hill Masterplan (2015).

The massing of the 6-16 storey building largely helps ingratiate the tower into the development, without being overly excessive to the surrounding area - although some might think otherwise.

MODA had initially opened negotiations with a 55-storey, however, this was deemed too excessive for the area, and rightly so.

So let’s take a brief look at how the site has been set up.

Lionel Street above and below (Block C) has been designed to complement and reflect the fabric of the Jewellery Quarter, with its proportions, fenestration and brickwork.

Again, along Ludgate Hill, we’ll see a transition, with the sympathetically designed builds at the back soon making way for a stepped-up approach as you head towards Great Charles Street Queensway; this is to support the relationship of the emerging Snow Hill District mentioned earlier.

ACCESS & PARKING

Access will be a fluid one, with locations earmarked for the corners of Ludgate Hill/ Lionel Street and Great Charles Street/ Livery Street. It’s here where the site’s reception facilities and MODA staff will be.

The development will, of course, replace a 200+ car park and, given the location of the site, Great Charles Street will provide 41 car parking spaces & 4 EV (electric vehicle charging points).

4 motorcycle bays and 462 secure cycle storage are provided too, with provision for more if needed.

It is acknowledged that there will be an impact on local heritage assets. However, it is widely accepted that the public benefits outweigh these.

The development is therefore recommended for approval subject to a Section 111 Agreement to secure: 36 on-site affordable apartments; £960K public realm; repaving of pavements in Staffordshire blue brick and repaving of Great Charles Street to a value of £605,000; a contribution of £30,000 towards improvements to and/or maintenance of the Great Charles Street subway; provision of CCTV; and the creation of service lay-bys/ taxi drop off/ signage/ street furniture to a value of £210,000. Exciting stuff!

PROJECT TEAM:
DeveloperMODA Living
PartnersApache Capital Partners
ArchitectsRyder ArchitectureOobe Landscape
Project ManagerRPS Group
Structural EngineerWSP
MEP EngineerTate Consulting
Quantity SurveyorArcadis

Words by Stephen Giles with artists' Impressions from Ryder Architecture & Oobe Landscape

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13 Nov 2020 - Daniel Sturley
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The Construction of The Mercian, Birmingham - November 2020 photography update

The concrete core is now showing 'Floor 38' below the slip-form, 4 to go!

Take our feature for a selection of superb photography of this build from Elliott and Daniel, contributors at It's Your Build and Birmingham We Are and followers of the built environment in Birmingham.

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The Construction of The Mercian, Birmingham - November 2020 photography update





The concrete core is now showing 'Floor 38' below the slip-form, 4 to go!

Take our feature for a selection of superb photography of this build from Elliott and Daniel, contributors at It's Your Build and Birmingham We Are and followers of the built environment in Birmingham.


Here is a selection of photography of The Mercian taken by Elliott and Daniel during October and early in November 2020.

Elliott Brown:

25th October

2nd November

10th November

Photos taken by Elliott Brown.

Daniel Sturley:

4th October

11th October

25th October

26th October

27th October

2nd November

3rd November

4th November

5th November

6th November

 

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12 Nov 2020 - Stephen Giles
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Prosperity's 58-66 Darwin Street Set For Approval

Prosperity Developments and K4 Architects are bringing forward plans for a residential scheme of 116 apartments on land at 58-66 Darwin Street, Highgate.

Plans go to Planning Committee on the 18th of November, at 11 am, with approval recommended.

 

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Prosperity Developments and K4 Architects are bringing forward plans for a residential scheme of 116 apartments on land at 58-66 Darwin Street, Highgate.

Plans go to Planning Committee on the 18th of November, at 11 am, with approval recommended.

 


Lying on a very steep Darwin Street in the Highgate area of the city, the scheme resides within the recently adopted Rea Valley Urban Quarter boundary.

116 one and two-bedroom apartments are proposed here; providing 45 one-bed, 67 two-bed & 4 three-bedroom apartments–in a range one person to four-person properties.

Several will also benefit from private terrace spaces.

Residents’ outdoor amenity will lie amply within two areas of the development; one to the rear, and a roof terrace area on the Darwin Street frontage. These have been meticulously devised to avoid the threat of overlooking and overshadowing on neighbouring properties.

Also, off-site amenities include that of Highgate Park, a mere stone’s throw away.

The apartment block itself is broken into three separate elements and has been formed in response to the falling topography of the area.

At its peak, the building reaches up to seven floors before dropping and varying between 5 and 6 storeys when observed from Darwin Street as the ground-level falls.

Ground floor level will see a series of walls and rails providing defensible space along with a recessed two-storey dark brick base which will be beneath the upper floors. Those upper floors will be clad in dark corrugated metal cladding or vertical zinc standing seam cladding - these are likely to be secured by condition.

24 car-parking spaces & disabled bays will be allocated on-site, representing a 21% provision.

This has sparked a 13 signature petition from residents who believe the street is already the subject of high parking pressure, with Calthorpe Academy and a residential estate adjacent.

Regarding cycle parking, a full 100% provision is included and will be positioned within the basement of the scheme.

The proposal will also contain 12 'affordable' apartments in the form of low-cost-market housing with a discount of 25% on market value.

With a strong industrial past, the site has recently in the last year undergone demolition works as the full planning application evolved behind the scenes with planning officers. 

Plans are recommended for approval subject to the prior completion of a Section 106 legal agreement to secure the 12 affordable dwellings.

*All renderings are the property of K4 Architects.

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