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Stephen Giles Construction & regeneration
16 Sep 2022 - Stephen Giles
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The Construction of Fountain Lofts, Digbeth - September 2022

Fountain Lofts, a boutique development encompassing the historic 1790s-built The Fountain public house, is making its presence known on the Digbeth skyline.

We got our drone up recently to snap the superb progress being made on site.

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The Construction of Fountain Lofts, Digbeth - September 2022





Fountain Lofts, a boutique development encompassing the historic 1790s-built The Fountain public house, is making its presence known on the Digbeth skyline.

We got our drone up recently to snap the superb progress being made on site.


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The Alcester Street site, brought forward by 10M Group, in conjunction with social impact investor Housing Growth Partnership (HGP), will deliver a mixture of 39 one- and two-bedroom apartments, in two buildings of three and six storeys.

Designed to reflect Digbeth's industrial past whilst providing high-end apartments to meet the needs of today's rental market, Fountain Lofts will feature an attractive internal courtyard, and spaces for 42 cycles, with additional amenities in the form of Highgate Park, a short walk away.

As our images show, the six-storey is already looking prominent, and, with a three-storey set to join the club and face onto Cheapside, the development will nestle nicely alongside its historic neighbour, The Fountain Inn, offering it focal point status - and bustling trade - for years to come.

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And back on the ground:

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All images from Stephen Giles.

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Fountain Lofts, CGIs from 10m Group/ Corstorphine+Wright/ Designbcreative.

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Stephen Giles Construction & regeneration
13 Sep 2022 - Stephen Giles
News & Updates

The Construction of Maker's Yard - July to September 2022

Maker's Yard is transforming Sherlock Street with 551 build-to-rent apartments, commercial units, amenities aplenty, and fluid new pedestrian links.

With the project set to rise, the site is beautifully situated adjacent to the emerging Smithfield & just 500m from Bullring. 

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The Construction of Maker's Yard - July to September 2022





Maker's Yard is transforming Sherlock Street with 551 build-to-rent apartments, commercial units, amenities aplenty, and fluid new pedestrian links.

With the project set to rise, the site is beautifully situated adjacent to the emerging Smithfield & just 500m from Bullring. 


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We've been busy snapping Maker's Yard over the past few months – and it is looking exceptional.

Expanding the city core further outwards, Maker's Yard has been brought forward by Watkin Jones – with Get Living, the UK’s pioneer of large-scale build-to-rent communities, forward funding and operating the project.

Sat adjacent to Smithfield, Maker's will deliver – in addition to the new one-, two- & three-bedroom homes, of which 47 will be made affordable – circa 16,5000K SF of ground floor commercial in builds ranging from five, nine, 10, 11, 13 & 30-storeys.

Amenities will include a 24-hour concierge, wellbeing hub(s), landscaped podiums, spaces for 610 cycles, a gym, and co-working spaces, in addition to a double-height reception & sky lounge.

Complementing all of this will be a new public square that will connect the city centre with the emerging Rea Valley Urban Quarter, with fluid access to the commercial spaces that will further boost the area. Looking good!

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JULY TO AUGUST:

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MAKER'S YARD:

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Drone images from Stephen Giles; original CGIs from Glenn Howells.

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Stephen Giles Construction & regeneration
12 Sep 2022 - Stephen Giles
News & Updates

Affinity Living Lancaster Wharf Moves Closer to Construction

As our images show, the demolition of the former Police Stores Building at 5 Princip Street, has been completed.

The site will soon deliver 'Lancaster Wharf' - a major placemaking build-to-rent (BTR) development comprising 266 homes, within builds ranging from six to 23 storeys.

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Affinity Living Lancaster Wharf Moves Closer to Construction





As our images show, the demolition of the former Police Stores Building at 5 Princip Street, has been completed.

The site will soon deliver 'Lancaster Wharf' - a major placemaking build-to-rent (BTR) development comprising 266 homes, within builds ranging from six to 23 storeys.


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Left standing on site is a historic ornate gateway, which is now being carefully dismantled brick-by-brick before it'll be stored away and reinstalled at a later date.

Once the site is cleared, a major build-to-rent (BTR) development will be built from Select Property Group's Affinity Living brand, offering 266 new homes.

A series of linked buildings of six to 23-storeys will be built around a reactivated canal side to cater to the demands of the Birmingham rental market.

Offering large, contemporary living spaces, with new hybrid ways of living and working, Lancaster Wharf will feature floor-to-ceiling windows and fully integrated high-spec kitchens, in addition to a multitude of amenities.

These include a state-of-the-art gymnasium, an internal and external sixth-floor terrace area, basement cycle storage, co-working spaces, residents and TV lounge, and a spacious waterfront garden courtyard.

With a contractor already appointed be sure to watch our socials (Twitter & Instagram) for more updates on this project

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Drone images from Stephen Giles; CGIs from Select Property Group.

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Stephen Giles Construction & regeneration
07 Sep 2022 - Stephen Giles
News & Updates

Typhoo Wharf - BBC Birmingham & The Wider Site

A public consultation is now live for the future of Typhoo Wharf and its wider site.

The historic Typhoo Tea Factory is set to become home to BBC Birmingham in 2026, with the wider site potentially seeing up to 800K SF of new residential, offices, and hospitality uses.

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Typhoo Wharf - BBC Birmingham & The Wider Site





A public consultation is now live for the future of Typhoo Wharf and its wider site.

The historic Typhoo Tea Factory is set to become home to BBC Birmingham in 2026, with the wider site potentially seeing up to 800K SF of new residential, offices, and hospitality uses.


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Birmingham’s own Glenn Howells Architects is working on a transformative masterplan (IYB map) that could see over 10 acres of underutilised land, around Typhoo Wharf in Digbeth, developed to house the BBC, along with new residential, offices, and hospitality uses.

The first phase will include the revival of the historic Typhoo Tea factory into a net-zero BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ broadcast centre for BBC Birmingham, who has agreed to move into the building, along with BBC Asian Network, BBC Newsbeat, as well as Midlands Today and BBC WM, in 2026.

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Looking further afield – five to 10 years – there is a comprehensive vision in place to regenerate the wider site, including the creation of a new canal side quarter centred around the unique and historic canal network, delivering a ‘green and healthy, walkable / cyclable city’, complemented by new residential, offices, and commercial uses.

All of this is to be integrated into the area’s transport infrastructure, including the Midland Metro tram, which will have a stop next to the site and will provide fluid connectivity to the forthcoming HS2 Curzon Street station – set to get underway in February 2023.

Other developing cultural and economic infrastructure just outside the confines of Typhoo Wharf include Stephen Knight’s Loc Studios, BBC’s new MasterChef studio, the Creative Content Hub, animation studios, and Birmingham Midland Academy – all a stone’s throw away.

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A public consultation is in its early stages – but it is now live for your consideration. It will run until Thursday 22 September 2022 and should Birmingham City Council give it the go ahead, construction is expected to start on site in spring 2023, ready for occupation by the BBC in 2026.

Typhoo Wharf, images from Glenn Howells Architects & BBC.

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Stephen Giles Construction & regeneration
30 Aug 2022 - Stephen Giles
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The Construction of Cortland Broad Street - August 2022 Update

Great progress is being made on Cortland Broad Street, a part 6, part 35-storey build-to-rent development for US giant, Cortland Group.

The six-storey element is already topped out, with the tower now up to the 17th floor and counting. An excellent update with impressive viewpoints from Daniel and Stephen.

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The Construction of Cortland Broad Street - August 2022 Update





Great progress is being made on Cortland Broad Street, a part 6, part 35-storey build-to-rent development for US giant, Cortland Group.

The six-storey element is already topped out, with the tower now up to the 17th floor and counting. An excellent update with impressive viewpoints from Daniel and Stephen.


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Photography by Stephen Giles.

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The 'butterfly effect' cladding briefly made an appearance, before being stripped off in its entirety a few days later..

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Photography by Daniel Sturley.

There are now over 300+ photos of Cortland's construction, which can be viewed here. And then there's Birmingham's first ever map of developments, which can be viewed here.

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