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Stephen Giles Construction & regeneration
30 Jan 2023 - Stephen Giles
News & Updates

Drumming for Brum: Plans unveiled for new 200K SF hub

The former John Lewis store is to be reimagined into a major 200K SF modern workspace for up to 2,000 people – and will be rebranded to ‘Drum’.

Formal plans have been lodged and are now officially in.

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The former John Lewis store is to be reimagined into a major 200K SF modern workspace for up to 2,000 people – and will be rebranded to ‘Drum’.

Formal plans have been lodged and are now officially in.


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Enlivening the key gateway site, built on the principles of connectivity, amenities, and sustainability, the rethink reflects Hammerson’s strategy to reinvigorate its estate through new diversyfying uses while maximising the reuse of embodied carbon.

Bringing a new type of workspace to the city that meet the requirements for established and start-up businesses post-pandemic, all four floors will be transformed to facilitate a sweeping, open, communal entrance that widens as it rises.

This will also lead to a rooftop garden lounge and workplace garden, with internal green walls on each level giving the appearance of a garden spilling back down through the building.

Ground floor will become a 40K SF amenity destination with a combined hospitality space including a restaurant, bar and food market. Plans will also see a grocery, gym, wellbeing amenities, and flexible event spaces (eg: VR; live music; gallery space; exhibitions, etc.).

Subject to receiving planning consent, work is expected to begin later in the year, with the potential for completion sometime in 2025.

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Drum Grand Central, images from Make Architects and Macgregor Smith.

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Stephen Giles Construction & regeneration
25 Jan 2023 - Stephen Giles
News & Updates

Plans for Birmingham Smithfield Are Now In!

EXCLUSIVE: Plans for Birmingham Smithfield are now in!

Detailed first phase plans include a new destination market, a state-of-the-art office, a health and wellbeing hub, and 547 new homes tailored for families.

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Plans for Birmingham Smithfield Are Now In!





EXCLUSIVE: Plans for Birmingham Smithfield are now in!

Detailed first phase plans include a new destination market, a state-of-the-art office, a health and wellbeing hub, and 547 new homes tailored for families.


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Here are the exciting plans for Birmingham Smithfield Phase 1, a once-in-a-lifetime £1.9b redevelopment from a Birmingham City Council & Lendlease Joint Venture.

Hybrid plans submitted in early December have now landed (in January!) and contain full detailed planning for Phase 1 and outline plans for future phases. These detailed plans include:

NEW MARKETS (Plots 5ABC) from David Kohn Architects and Eastside Projects

Bringing together the current Indoor and Rag Markets, this destination market will offer 13,301 sqm of spaces for live performances and events, day and night, along with places to eat, drink & socialise within the new dining hall and a landscaped rooftop garden overlooking Festival Square.

Located to the northern most point, the markets will provide maximum visibility for the new market areas from the commercial and retail heart of the city around the Bullring and St Martin’s Church.

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NEW HOMES (Plot 1D) from dRMMIntervention Architecture, Fira.

Borderd by Bradford Street and Barford Street comes the residential element of Smithfield. Tailored towards families, Plot 1D will comprise 405 residential dwellings with flexible retail and commercial floorspace provided at ground floor level.

Adding Plot 4A1 into the equation, a total of 547 homes will be delivered across the first phase of Birmingham Smithfield.

Provision for an additional 3,000 (12% affordability) is to be come forward as part of subsequent applications in the future – with a mixture of studios to four-bedroom dwellings.

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A HEALTH & WELL-BEING HUB (Plot 4A1) from RCKa and Intervention Architecture.

A new mixed-use Health and Wellbeing Hub for everyone!

Situated next to the new markets and connecting to the rest of Smithfield via a new green pedestrian boulevard, ‘The Hub’ will provide 142 residential dwellings, a plethora of amenities, all complemented with retail and food and beverage outlets, including a pub!

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OFFICES (Plot 3) from Minesh Patel ArchitectsHaworth Tompkins and Fira.

Plot 3A will occupy a significant location in the heart of Smithfield.

Integrating with the new public realm Plot 3A will provide 48,883sqm of Grade A office floorspace, complemented by a fourth-floor rooftop garden terrace.

The vision is to deliver an exciting new workplace offer, with a design that celebrates its adjacency to Festival Square and its connection to Central Boulevard.

The building has been designed to celebrate its functionality and to be adaptable so it can respond to future working trends.

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Be sure to follow us on Twitter: @Buildsweare, and Instagram: Itsyourbirmingham, as we'll update all of this information, including renderings, as the application evolves over the coming months.

Images from Lendlease and the above architects.

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Daniel Sturley Construction & regeneration
22 Jan 2023 - Daniel Sturley
Gallery

Five Years of Birmingham City Centre Construction Cranes - 2017 to 2022

Five Years of Birmingham City Centre Construction Cranes - 2017 to 2022

I find that cranes can be quite photogenic and discovered this as part of covering the construction of several Birmingham buildings over the last five years. Here is a gallery of my favourites...

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Five Years of Birmingham City Centre Construction Cranes - 2017 to 2022





Five Years of Birmingham City Centre Construction Cranes - 2017 to 2022

I find that cranes can be quite photogenic and discovered this as part of covering the construction of several Birmingham buildings over the last five years. Here is a gallery of my favourites...


2017

Cranes all lined up in the wind at the dormant construction of the Midland Metropolitan Hospital in Smethwick.

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Cranes at the early part of the construction of Three Snow Hill.

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The installation of the crane for Bank Birmingham Tower Two.

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The installation of the crane for Bank Birmingham Tower Two.

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The installation of the crane for Bank Birmingham Tower Two.

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The installation of the crane for One Chamberlain Square.

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Construction Crane over the Unite Union HQ in the Eastside.

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A great cluster of cranes.

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2018

Crane at sunrise over One Centenary Sqaure at Arena Central.

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Crane at Paradise Birmingham for the construction of One Chamberlain Square.

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Cranes at Arena Central.

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Cranes at Arena Central with a full moon.

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The Full Moon Tests the Strength of a Crane at Arena Central.

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Crane and rainbow.

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Cranes at Arena Central for the construction od Three Arena Central.

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2019

Cranes at Arena Central.

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Cranes at Paradise Birmingham.

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Cranes at Paradise and 103 Colmore Row.

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Moon Rises Behind a Crane at Arena Central.

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A great cluster of cranes in the Westside from Digbeth.

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Crane at 103 Colmore Row.

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Crane Dismantles its Sibling at Three Snow Hill.

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Crane at the Paradise Development from the Library.

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Crane Reflected in the Hyatt Regency Hotel.

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Cranes at St Martins Place.

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Crane Dismantles its Sibling at Three Arena Central.

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Crane Dismantles its Sibling at Three Arena Central.

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Cranes at the Paradise Development.

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The full moon at Arena Central.

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Cranes at The Mercian.

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The Construction of 103 Colmore Row.

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Full Moon Over Arena Central.

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Trio of Cranes at Lancaster Gate.

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The Construction of 103 Colmore Row.

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Crane at the Paradise Development.

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The Construction of 103 Colmore Row.

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The Construction of 103 Colmore Row.

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The Construction of 103 Colmore Row.

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The Construction of 103 Colmore Row

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Crane in Ladywood at Sunset.

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2020

The Construction of Three Arena Central.

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Crane and the Full Moon at 103 Colmore Row.

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Crane at Lionel House.

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Cranes in Aston.

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Cranes at 103 Colmore Row.

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Crane at Arena Central.

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Cranes at the Mercian.

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The Construction of 103 Colmore Row.

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The Construction of The Mercian.

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The Construction of 103 Colmore Row.

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The Construction of 103 Colmore Row.

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The Construction of The Mercian.

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The Construction of One Centenary Way.

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The Construction of One Centenary Way.

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The Construction of One Centenary Way.

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The Construction of One Centenary Way

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The Construction of One Centenary Way.

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The Construction of One Centenary Way.

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The Construction of The Mercian.

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Crane at One Centenary Way.

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Crane in Ladywood.

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Crane at One Centenary Way.

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Cranes at Paradise.

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Cranes at Paradise.

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Crane at 103 Colmore Row.

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Construction of One Centenary Way.

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Cranes at One Centenary Way.

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Cranes at One Centenary Way.

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Crane with a Nest.

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The City Skyline from Egg Hill in Frankley at Night.

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The Construction of 103 Colmore Row.

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2021

Cranes at One Centenary Way.

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Cranes at One Centenary Way.

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Crane at One Centenary Way with the Half Moon.

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The Construction of The Mercian.

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The Construction of One Centenary Way.

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The Construction of One Centenary Way.

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The Construction of One Centenary Way.

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Crane at Arena Central.

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A Crane Exchange Square.

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2022

Crane at The Square on Broad Street.

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Crane at The Square on Broad Street.

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Cranes at One Centenary Way and Exchange Square.

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Crane at Exchange Square.

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Cranes at Exchange Square.

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Crane in Handsworth.

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Metropolitan House at Five Ways.

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Crane at The Octagon.

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View from the Library ‘Secret Garden’ twards Sandwell

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Crane at The Square on Broad Street.

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The Construction of South Central.

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Crane at The Octagon.

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The Construction of New Garden Square.

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A few bonus photos from January 2023:

The Construction of The Square on Broad Street.

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The Construction of The Octagon.

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The Construction of The Octagon.

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The Construction of The Square on Broad Street.

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All photography by Daniel Sturley.

 

Please see the full construction crane gallery here: Crane and Plant photography

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Stephen Giles Construction & regeneration
22 Dec 2022 - Stephen Giles
News & Updates

Approval for Villa Park's Redevelopment

Birmingham City Council has approved Aston Villa’s £100m stadium revamp plans this morning (22/12/22).

Villa Park will see its capacity increased to 50,065, creating a world-class sporting venue and a vibrant community hub for the city.

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Approval for Villa Park's Redevelopment





Birmingham City Council has approved Aston Villa’s £100m stadium revamp plans this morning (22/12/22).

Villa Park will see its capacity increased to 50,065, creating a world-class sporting venue and a vibrant community hub for the city.


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The £100m investment will see first phase improvements to Villa Park and to the wider community, with works starting in late 2023 before completing by the end of 2025.

Driven by spectator demand, Villa Park will accommodate approximately 7,400 new seats to a brand-new North Stand, which will wrap into a hospitality-enhanced Trinity Stand.

Bringing capacity up to 50,065, there is scope to uplift Villa Park even further through refurbishments to the Holte End and Doug Ellis stands in the future.

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Outside, ‘Villa Live’ will become a standalone multi-use entertainment, community, and retail destination that promises all-year round events for the local community.

It will house the club shop, food and drink outlets, plus areas dedicated to showcasing the club’s proud heritage and history.

The venue will accommodate between 200 and 2,000 people and will host everything from match day meet ups, televised away games, cultural gigs and festivals, student nights, e-gaming, and corporate and exhibition nights.

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7,000sqm of public realm improvements will also be made to the Witton Lane entrance around the North Stand, providing a safe and vibrant space accessible for all.

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The redevelopment also opens the door for improvements in terms of transport links to both Witton and Aston train stations, with more space for pedestrians and cars.

Tantalisingly, when it completes in 2025, Villa Park would also be eligible to host major national and international tournament games, including the UK and Ireland’s bid to host Euro 2028.

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Aston Villa expansion, images from Aston Villa.

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The Construction of One Centenary Way - December 2022 Update

The exterior of the building is having finishing touches applied with the bright reflective panels at the top helping to easily locate it visually from some distance.

This gallery is of photos from October , November and December.

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The Construction of One Centenary Way - December 2022 Update





The exterior of the building is having finishing touches applied with the bright reflective panels at the top helping to easily locate it visually from some distance.

This gallery is of photos from October , November and December.


1st October 2022

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8th October 2022

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15th October 2022

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6th November 2022

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12th November 2022

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10th December 2022

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17th December 2022

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Photography by Daniel Sturley

There are now over 850 photos of the construction of this building and can be seen in reverse date order in the full gallery here: One Centenary Way Full Construction Gallery

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