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Stephen Giles Construction & regeneration
29 Apr 2021 - Stephen Giles
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NEW 25 STOREY FOR THE GUN QUARTER GETS THE GREEN LIGHT

Regeneration of the Gun Quarter has taken another major step forward with the approval of a three-block development, with the tallest set to top 25 storeys.

53-68 Princip Street, at the corner of Lancaster Street & Princip Street, will see the creation of 337 rented homes 
on a main thoroughfare into Birmingham City Centre.

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NEW 25 STOREY FOR THE GUN QUARTER GETS THE GREEN LIGHT





Regeneration of the Gun Quarter has taken another major step forward with the approval of a three-block development, with the tallest set to top 25 storeys.

53-68 Princip Street, at the corner of Lancaster Street & Princip Street, will see the creation of 337 rented homes 
on a main thoroughfare into Birmingham City Centre.


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The site is being brought forward by Load Estates Ltd (Taylor Grange), with the aim of delivering a sustainably viable PRS (Private Rented Sector) development in three builds of 6, 11 & 25 storeys.

All three buildings will be grouped around courtyard gardens, providing high-quality landscaped amenity spaces.

Shared communal facilities, totalling 551sqm, will be prominent at ground floor level, each containing a reception area & lounge space; coupled with a games room, ‘WFH’ office space, gym, shared kitchen & dining areas.

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Despite concerns raised that the development would impact heritage assets, they (officers & planning committee) concluded that ‘the public benefits of the scheme outweighed any harm identified.

The present site, which includes vacant unlisted 20th-century industrial premises, a substation, car park & a pair of semi-detached HMO dwellings, can now be safely demolished.

Despite the approval, removal of the vacant former Turner Machine Tools Building, a non-designated heritage asset, caused Historic England to voice deep concerns that the loss would further eliminate the area’s proud heritage. Councillors could not muster up a remark regarding its loss.

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Once developed, apartments will range in size from 40- 80sqm and will see 146 one & 196 two-bedroom homes, created - providing a healthy mix of one, two, three & four-person accommodation.

16 of these apartments (4.7%) will be offered for affordable private rent—this is what the applicant can offer without rendering the development unviable.

To proceed, a S106 legal agreement will need to be agreed to secure these affordable homes into the scheme. 

BLUE-BRICKED 25 STOREY

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The tallest block will feature a curved, blue-bricked 25 storey that will occupy a prominent corner facing onto both Princip Street & Lancaster Street. The others, at 6 & 11 storeys, will be predominately red-bricked.

Each block will provide activity at ground floor level and duplex units to enhance overlooking of the street frontages.

THE CHANGING FACE OF GQ

The cityscape around the area has changed significantly in recent years, helped by the publication of High Places document in 2003, with derelict sites around the canal and along Lancaster Street and Newtown Row continuing to be developed with residential & student accommodation—reaching upwards of 25 storeys.

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All renderings are the property of Glancy Nicholls Architects.

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Stephen Giles Construction & regeneration
28 Apr 2021 - Stephen Giles
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Two Major New Offices for Upper Gough Street

ANOTHER exciting regeneration scheme for Birmingham with the delivery of two new office builds on Upper Gough Street.

The 20,005 sqmscheme, which will further encourage wider regeneration, will provide commercial units, a new public realm, an extension of Chapmans Passage, and a shared car park.

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Two Major New Offices for Upper Gough Street





ANOTHER exciting regeneration scheme for Birmingham with the delivery of two new office builds on Upper Gough Street.

The 20,005 sqmscheme, which will further encourage wider regeneration, will provide commercial units, a new public realm, an extension of Chapmans Passage, and a shared car park.


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The significant development has been brought forward by Lambert Smith Hampton & Holland Lloyd, on belhalf of City Realty.

Designed by Corstorphine + Wright, the site offers a golden opportunity to introduce a landmark office building to the area, whilst integrating Peace Gardens with a new passageway, connecting with the existing Chapmans Passageway.

This new landscaped route, designed by Fira, will dissect both builds and will provide a fluid link from Chapmans Passage, directly to the Peace Gardens, offering landscaping areas and seating for pedestrians and occupants en-route.

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The larger of the two blocks will contain rooftop gardens at the upper level providing occupants with scenic views across the city.

Influenced in its materiality by the historic Grade II listed, Church of St. Thomas, it'll be constructed in buff brindle brick, with concrete faced columns and perforated panels.

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The smaller block will feature glazed red brick, angled protruding windows and louvred panels - it has been designed to take into consideration the existing 93-99 Holloway Head, which will likely be converted as part of wider redevelopment plans.

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A shared car park will be provided within the basement of the taller block, accessed off Marshall Street. It'll feature a range of lockers and showering facilities, alongside vertical cycle racks, 20 car parking & electric vehicle bays.

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FUTURE REDEVELOPMENT PLOTS:

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All images are the property of Corstorphine + Wright Architects

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Stephen Giles Construction & regeneration
22 Apr 2021 - Stephen Giles
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OCTAGON: World's Tallest Octagonal Skyscraper Set For Approval

Octagon is the world's tallest pure octagonal residential tower - and it's set to dominate the Birmingham skyline!

Plans go to Planning Committee on the 29th of April, at 11 am, with approval recommended.

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OCTAGON: World's Tallest Octagonal Skyscraper Set For Approval





Octagon is the world's tallest pure octagonal residential tower - and it's set to dominate the Birmingham skyline!

Plans go to Planning Committee on the 29th of April, at 11 am, with approval recommended.


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Located within the highly sustainable Paradise Birmingham site, this original build to rent skyscraper will soar to 49 storeys tall (155m/ 510ft) and with it, will set a barometer for healthy, sustainable and quality new homes for the city.

The building will stand tall and proud as a signpost for the city, making the most of its location on the Birmingham ridge - a line of higher ground that stretches from Snow Hill to Five Ways along Colmore Row and Broad Street.

It'll provide 370 high-quality spacious one, two & three-bedroom apartments in a mixture of 218 one-bed (two persons), 144 two-bed (four persons) & 8 three-bedroom (six persons) units, with apartment sizes healthily ranging from 51.3- 115 sqm. 

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PUREST FORM - A WORLD'S FIRST

Designed by Birmingham-based architects, Glenn Howells, with landscaping coming from global landscaping firm, Grant Associates, Octagon will feature eight identical facades - conveying the purest octagonal form, with the building's frame punctuated by large horizontal windows opening up apartments to panoramic views of the city. 

With Council House, Alpha Tower, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery (BMAG), and the Grade-I listed, Town Hall, all within close distance, the 'light champagne' finished exterior will give off a warm tone to reflect its grandiose surroundings, and this will also be echoed in the Octagon's subtle backlit crown, too.

30 affordable rented units are included, equating to just over 8% of the total number of apartments.

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AMENITIES, RETAIL & CYCLES

Profiting from a triple-height glazed base, lower & upper ground floors floorspace will be home to retail, amenity, leisure and residential entrance spaces.

Amenities will comprise dining/ café, lounge areas, live/work meeting space, and wellness hub/gym supporting opportunities for healthy and active lifestyles.

Crucially, the new vibrant space will open up to a landscaped courtyard within Paradise - ultimately driving footfall through the evolving development. 

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Zero car parking spaces will be provided, however, four accessible spaces will be situated at ground level alongside an on-site cycle store containing 225 storage spaces.

A 550-space car park will be provided within the wider Paradise masterplan.

'PUBLIC BENEFITS'

The principle of development has been supported from the getgo, with the belief that Octagon is too good an opportunity to pass up on.

'Furthermore, the public benefits of the scheme demonstrably outweigh the less than substantial harm caused to the setting of nearby heritage assets. It is therefore considered that the development application is acceptable subject to completion of an s106 legal agreement and safeguarding conditions.' - Birmingham City Council Planning Officers.

DEMOLITION

77 Paradise Circus Queensway currently stands in the way of progression - this will be demolished and has been earmarked for a 2021 removal date once a contractor has been formally tendered & announced.

All renderings are the property of Glenn Howells Architects.

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Stephen Giles Construction & regeneration
15 Apr 2021 - Stephen Giles
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Approval For 51 Storey One Eastside

51-storey (525 ft) One Eastside has been approved again—four months after the previous consent was quashed for failing to mention an objection in its original report.

The landmark Court Collaboration development can finally get underway, subject to a Section 106 legal agreement.

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Approval For 51 Storey One Eastside





51-storey (525 ft) One Eastside has been approved again—four months after the previous consent was quashed for failing to mention an objection in its original report.

The landmark Court Collaboration development can finally get underway, subject to a Section 106 legal agreement.


TWITTER: Buildsweare
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One Eastside will deliver three builds containing a 2, 16 (51m) & a 51 storey (155.145m) skyscraper on vacant brownfield land at the corner of Jennens Road and James Watt Queensway, comprising 667 one- and two-bedroom apartments, and a two-storey courtyard pavilion.

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With its minimalist white fluted appearance, complete with deep reveals & modern yet classic grid design, Glancy Nicholls’ One Eastside design will immediately become the largest structure in the city, conquering top spot and knocking BT Tower (151m) - who’s held that mantle for over fifty years - off its perch and into second.

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357 PRS one & 310 two-bedroom open-plan apartments will be provided, with sizes ranging from 38.2-71.36 sqm. Twenty apartments will be allocated for ‘affordable housing’ and these will be available at 20 per cent below local market value in perpetuity.

All three buildings, including the pavilion, will feature a high quality range of residential amenity in the form of co-working spaces, cafe/retail areas, meeting rooms, lounges, roof terrace, residents’ lounge, games room and private dining areas.

An expansive 3,200 square metre landscaped courtyard garden will be positioned between both towers, supporting yet more amenity space.

No car parking provision has been allocated given the location of the development; however, this will be mitigated with 132 secure cycle spaces.

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The development was not without its objections. LaSalle Investment & The Victorian Society, once again, objected on the basis that the site would diminish key heritage buildings such as Curzon Street station, Methodist Central Hall and Victoria Law Courts - despite the former funding a building next door that dwarfs most of these.

Planning officers, recommending the scheme for approval before the committee meeting, accepted that, yes, a 51 storey would naturally harm one's surroundings but, with full objections & worries fully assessed, the substantial wider public benefits were considered to outweigh the harm from any such impacts.

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One Eastside was approved 12-0.

All images are the property of Glancy Nicholls Architects & Fira Landscape.

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Stephen Giles Construction & regeneration
15 Apr 2021 - Stephen Giles
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Birmingham Health Innovation Campus Approved

Birmingham Health Innovation Campus (BHIC) is set to become a world-leading life sciences campus after a hybrid application was approved by Birmingham City Council.

Full Planning was comprehensively granted for No.1 BHIC, together with outline consent for upcoming plots 2-5.

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Birmingham Health Innovation Campus Approved





Birmingham Health Innovation Campus (BHIC) is set to become a world-leading life sciences campus after a hybrid application was approved by Birmingham City Council.

Full Planning was comprehensively granted for No.1 BHIC, together with outline consent for upcoming plots 2-5.


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Opening in 2023, the first phase will see the delivery of a 130,000 sq ft state-of-the-art office & research development building–positioned to the east of Aston Webb Boulevard and the west of the Worcester & Birmingham Canal–providing a high-quality cluster for health excellence, including biopharma, medtech, precision medicine and genomics.

Designed around the notion of an 'ordered bookshelf, it will become home to the University of Birmingham's Precision Health Technologies Accelerator (PHTA) for start-ups, providing incubation space, wet and dry labs, clean rooms, prototyping and maker space.

This will offer close, direct access to the University's clinical trials ecosystem and research capabilities, and will provide a flawless setting to scale ground-breaking innovations for rapid adoption into the healthcare system.

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Support facilities will see a ground floor café space, events and meeting spaces, with a central green parkland & pond, a temporary surface level car park for 258, motorcycle parking for five & outdoor spaces for 60+ cycles.

Pedestrian & cycle links will, too, be formed, alongside the formation of a new spine road connection to the Queen Elizabeth Island roundabout.

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BIRMINGHAM HEALTH INNOVATION CAMPUS

The 10-year masterplan is being brought forward between the University of Birmingham, as landowner, and Bruntwood SciTech, in partnership with Birmingham Health Partners (University of Birmingham, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust & Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust). 

BHIC will become the regions only dedicated health and life sciences park, providing pioneering facilities within the heart of a cluster of healthcare excellence, bringing together researchers, clinicians, policy makers and industry to rapidly translate scientific and clinical insights into patient benefit and economic growth.

It is projected that up to 10,000 new jobs will be created, alongside the delivery of an extra (Plots 2-5) 700,000 sq ft state-of-the-art lab, office and incubation space acting as a catalyst for the growth of the Midlands’ life sciences sector.

PHASES 2-5

Five new buildings of up to eight storeys are reserved for future phases, with a 1333 space multi-storey car park (MSCP) integrated for good measure.

These builds could well see innovative health and life sciences businesses take up pre-lets or co-locate at the heart of the BHP ecosystem. The potential is enormous.

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All images are the property of Sheppard Robson.

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