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Stephen Giles Construction & regeneration
28 Nov 2022 - Stephen Giles
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Octagon at Paradise - November 2022 Update

Underpinned by a 2,000 cubic metre concrete slab, the foundations continue to look majestic at ground level. There are now 77 reinforced concrete piles in place, each one 65 feet deep and weighing a combined 500 tonnes.

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Octagon at Paradise - November 2022 Update





Underpinned by a 2,000 cubic metre concrete slab, the foundations continue to look majestic at ground level. There are now 77 reinforced concrete piles in place, each one 65 feet deep and weighing a combined 500 tonnes.


8th October

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29th October

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Photography by Daniel Sturley

October 30th

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Photography by Stephen Giles

5th November

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9th November

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12th November

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23rd November

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25th November

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26th November

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Photography by Daniel Sturley

There are nearly 300 photos of the construction of this building in the Octagon Full Construction Photo Gallery

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Stephen Giles Construction & regeneration
24 Nov 2022 - Stephen Giles
News & Updates

Plans in for BBC Birmingham's move to the Typhoo Building

A planning application for the BBC's relocation into Typhoo Wharf has arrived.

The building will become an 84K SF, custom-built broadcast centre, positively reinvigorating Digbeth.

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Plans in for BBC Birmingham's move to the Typhoo Building





A planning application for the BBC's relocation into Typhoo Wharf has arrived.

The building will become an 84K SF, custom-built broadcast centre, positively reinvigorating Digbeth.


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The BBC will move out from its current home at The Mailbox into a custom-built 84K SF broadcast centre in 2026.

The 1929-built landmark, famous for its production of Typhoo Tea, will become one of Birmingham’s first net zero carbon in construction office buildings. It is on target to achieve a BREEAM ‘outstanding’ rating and an energy performance certificate (EPC) of ‘A’.

The building will be conserved and will house several BBC editorial teams, including The Archers, BBC Newsbeat, BBC Asian Network, BBC Radio WM and Midlands Today. 

The move presents a golden opportunity to catalyse on reinvigorating the wider area and kick-starting investment in Digbeth’s built environment and transport connections.

DEMOLITION:

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Over the next decade, there are also plans to deliver up to 800K SF of new residential, office and hospitality accommodation around the new BBC site.

The wider scheme will see more than 10 acres of land around Typhoo Wharf and the adjoining canal basin transformed into a new mixed-use neighbourhood, including public spaces.

Grant Associates is designing the new landscape and urban realm, which will create a new canalside quarter, and the new public square will be delivered in time for the first BBC staff to arrive in 2026.

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PARTNERS: Stoford, Benacre 2022 LLP (The Gooch Estate)
ARCHITECTS: Glenn Howells Architects, Grant Associates
QS, PM: Arcadis
PRINCIPAL DESIGNER: Anstey Home
CIVIL & STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: BWB
M&E, SUSTAINABILITY: ESC
CONTRACTOR: ISG
AIR QUALITY, TRANSPORT: BWB
FIRE CONSULTANT: Jensen Hughes
AGENT: Savills & Wallis Real Estate
PLANNING CONSULTANT: Turley
PLANNING APPLICATION NUMBER: 2022/08628/PA

Typhoo Wharf, images from Glenn Howells Architects & BBC.

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Stephen Giles Construction & regeneration
21 Nov 2022 - Stephen Giles
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Three Builds of 44, 48 & 56-storeys Earmarked for Smallbrook Queensway

The 1960s-built The Ringway Centre is to be reimagined with a three phase residential-led, mixed-use development comprising up to 1750 new homes in buildings ranging from 44 to 56-storeys.

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Three Builds of 44, 48 & 56-storeys Earmarked for Smallbrook Queensway





The 1960s-built The Ringway Centre is to be reimagined with a three phase residential-led, mixed-use development comprising up to 1750 new homes in buildings ranging from 44 to 56-storeys.


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Brought forward by CEG on behalf of Dooba Investments II Ltd, hybrid plans have been lodged (full & outline) that will see the site fully redeveloped to breathe new life into a vital part of Birmingham city centre.

A modernist favourite, the tired buildings however are widely seen as a physical barrier between two vibrant parts of the ever-evolving city.

SBQ aims to fully reinvent and reconnect itself with the city by delivering the demand for new city centre 1-3 bed apartments and unlocking existing disconnected areas with the provision of new vibrant ground-level uses.

A comprehensive public realm strategy will also be implemented, helping to green the city's core and enhance ties with the nearby Chinese Quarter, Gay Village, the emerging Smithfield district, and unlock development sites next door.

THE PLANS:

Phase 1 (closest to Bullring): Full plans include a 48-storey building accommodating 571 Build to Rent (BTR) apartments, sat above an eclectic array of lower-level retail, commercial, and leisure uses.

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Subsequent phases: Two further buildings of 44 (SBQ1) & 56-storeys (SBQ2) are also earmarked, coupled with demolition works, and are being brought forward under outline plans. Both will accommodate well over 1000 new homes, complemented by high quality commercial & leisure uses.

An all-electric affair that will incorporate renewable sources to achieve high standards of energy efficiency, SBQ will undoubtedly act as a catalyst for future development and investment in the area, providing a more aesthetic environment.

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Words by Stephen Giles; all images are the property of Corstorphine+Wright.

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2014 image from Mac McCreery.

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09 Nov 2022 - Stephen Giles
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The Construction of Holloway Head - November 2022

Holloway Head is being re-energised with the creation of a new residential community, bringing up to 485 new homes to the area.

Four new buildings will go up over the next few years, with Phase 1 shaping up nicely

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The Construction of Holloway Head - November 2022





Holloway Head is being re-energised with the creation of a new residential community, bringing up to 485 new homes to the area.

Four new buildings will go up over the next few years, with Phase 1 shaping up nicely


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49-51 Holloway Head had stood derelict for over 25 long years.

In the last decade – at least – the site, which had become a target for vandalism, had threatened to be developed, but any optimism soon vanished when the site kept being sold on.

In 2019, Invesco Real Estate took a punt on the area – and Holloway Head is now rising!

We will see four new buildings: two in phase 1; and two in phase 2.

The re-energised site will deliver a new community of up to 485 homes (PRS), in buildings ranging from 10 to 16 storeys, complemented by a host of amenities and a 3,600K SF commercial unit, bringing more vitality to an ever-changing area.

Residents will benefit from landscaped courtyards, lounges, co-working areas, dining spaces, a gymnasium, and roof terraces.

Phase 1 is in full flow and progressing nicely – and is well on course for a 2024 completion.

Phase 2, expected to commence in late 2024/ early 2025, will then see the relocation of the Girl Guides HQ from their current Trefoil House building on Blucher Street, into the new building, enabling the final two buildings to be completed by Winvic.

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Words & pictures by Stephen Giles; CGIs from Corstorphine+Wright. 

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06 Nov 2022 - Stephen Giles
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The Construction of South Central - November (Part 1) 2022

South Central is blossoming and has reached the 16th floor.

Rising to 30-storey's and set to accommodate 166 new homes, the building, to the corner of Essex Street, continues its upward ascent - and again, we've snapped its progress from the air.

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The Construction of South Central - November (Part 1) 2022





South Central is blossoming and has reached the 16th floor.

Rising to 30-storey's and set to accommodate 166 new homes, the building, to the corner of Essex Street, continues its upward ascent - and again, we've snapped its progress from the air.


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With a clear aspiration for a necklace of well-designed talls extending from Belgrave Middleway up to Holloway Head island, South Central will become the first of many.

Designed with a curved tram-inspired terracotta façade, South Central will offer an eclectic selection of one to three-bedroom apartments to cater to every need, including eight First Homes & Low-Cost Home Ownership units.

Residents will benefit from an array of amenities, including a Bristol Street-facing commercial unit, a lobby lounge, a concierge, a multi-media community room, co-working areas, and secure storage for up to 76 bicycles.

The crowning feature, however, will be its sky garden; a rooftop space that will offer up a cozy space for the likes of an outdoor cinema, to socialise, exercise, or just simply a place to take in the ever-changing views - which, from these images alone, will be pretty stunning!

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Drone photography from Stephen Giles (TW); CGIs from Glancy Nicholls Architects.

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