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13 Mar 2020 - Stephen Giles
News & Updates

JQ PROJECTS: Alben Works, 1-2 Legge Lane

ONE TO WATCH: In our series of exciting new developments across the Jewellery Quarter, we look closely at 'Alben Works' - a new mixed-use development at 1-2 Legge Lane from Liv Projekt and Sjölander da Cruz Architects.

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JQ PROJECTS: Alben Works, 1-2 Legge Lane





ONE TO WATCH: In our series of exciting new developments across the Jewellery Quarter, we look closely at 'Alben Works' - a new mixed-use development at 1-2 Legge Lane from Liv Projekt and Sjölander da Cruz Architects.


Steelwork is taking shape and groundworks are well underway on the site of Alben Works (1-2 Legge Lane), in the Jewellery Quarter.

Liv Projekt - the development company behind Sjölander da Cruz Architects - are developing this plot into a sustainable mixed-use scheme.

The company have been behind many of Birmingham's successful listed-building conversions in recent years. This is their first new build in the city.

ALBEN WORKS

The development will yield nine bespoke lofthouses built around a private courtyard at the rear, with live/ work offices fronting onto Legge Lane.

It has been meticulously designed to respect not only the urban and historical contexts of the area, but also that of the Jewellery Quarter Conservation Area.

This four-storey frontage building will instantly repair the damaged caused by its predecessor by simply reverting back to a shared rhythm of street frontages.

The building will boast a simple elevational grid; a flat roof; a northern roof light; and large floor-to-ceiling windows. 

Ground floor will comprise of double-height office units, with its upper floors delivering 1 one-bed and two-bed apartments.

Within the courtyard, 9 townhouses are to be constructed as a wing element to the frontage.

These have been designed to present an elegant modern interpretation of the industrial heritage of the area.

This well-designed sustainable development will see both buildings constructed in a simple palette of materials.

10 car parking spaces will be allocated, with each parking place having the infrastructure for electric car charging.

Whilst the rear pedestrianised courtyard could well be dominated by vehicles, it will however provide a shared amenity space for residents; a number of these units will boast external terrace spaces. Snazzy.

All Artists Impressions by Sjölander da Cruz Architects

'SET BACK'

This site was once home to the Rapid Steel Company that made alben safety razors - hence the name.

However, the former factory had lain empty for several years before the building and a substation were demolished in 2019.

Photo by Liv Property

It's easy to see why the building held a long negative impact on the area, not just economically, but also visually.

It was set back, thus eliminating any kind of shared relationship with its neighbours next door; it basically disrupted the rhythm of builds on Legge Lane. 

As pointed out above, Sjölander Da Cruz have remedied this by bringing the building forward and ensuring the street continues its alignment of curved frontages, whilst being respectful of the listed buildings on the street.

Legge Lane is all the more better with developments like this.

LATEST CONSTRUCTION SHOTS: February to March

Steelwork is taking shape with groundworks continuing at the front of the site, with the mews houses at the rear progressing nicely.

Such a picturesque street.

Photos by Stephen Giles

PROJECT TEAM:

DEVELOPERLiv Projekt
QUANTITY SURVEYORPMP Consultants
STRUCTURAL ENGINEERCouch Consulting Engineers
 

Words & Pictures by Stephen Giles. Artists Impressions from Sjölander da Cruz Architects.

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Construction & regeneration
09 Mar 2020 - Stephen Giles
Gallery

The Construction of the Mercian - March 2020

A double update this time with photos from February and the first week of March. The core is rising visibly onto the skyline; now reaching level 11, with the main floors creeping up and starting to show its impressive bulk.

 

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The Construction of the Mercian - March 2020





A double update this time with photos from February and the first week of March. The core is rising visibly onto the skyline; now reaching level 11, with the main floors creeping up and starting to show its impressive bulk.

 


With the three-storey podium constructed, attention now turns to the residential aspect above.

This will see the erection of a 39-storey residential tower, with a 14-storey shoulder element. Once complete, The Mercian will yield 481 apartments, all exclusively for rent.

The core slipform is growing in size every couple of days, with the core now sitting pretty on level 10 (March 9th), as seen below.

Image from Moda Reachtimelapse

Construction of the floors are also creeping up quickly, with the main tower approaching level 10 from Tennant Street, and level 9 from Broad Street.

The 14-storey shoulder is, at this moment in time, halfway through completing its 9th floor. Impressive stuff.

6th-8th MARCH:

Photos by Stephen Giles

Photo by John Egan

Photos by Daniel Sturley

8th February:

Photos by Daniel Sturley

Artist Impression from Glenn Howells Architects

Photos by Daniel Sturley, Stephen Giles and John Egan. Words by Stephen.

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09 Mar 2020 - Stephen Giles
News & Updates

JQ PROJECTS: Alben Works, 1-2 Legge Lane

ONE TO WATCH: In our series of exciting new developments across the Jewellery Quarter, we look closely at 'Alben Works' - a new mixed-use development at 1-2 Legge Lane from Liv Projekt and Sjölander da Cruz Architects.

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JQ PROJECTS: Alben Works, 1-2 Legge Lane





ONE TO WATCH: In our series of exciting new developments across the Jewellery Quarter, we look closely at 'Alben Works' - a new mixed-use development at 1-2 Legge Lane from Liv Projekt and Sjölander da Cruz Architects.


Steelwork is now taking shape on the site of 1-2 Legge Lane, otherwise known as Alben Works, in the Jewellery Quarter.

Liv Projekt - the development company behind Sjölander da Cruz Architects - are developing this mixed-use scheme that will see nine bespoke lofthouses around a private courtyard at the rear, with live/ work offices fronting onto Legge Lane.

The four-storey frontage building will boast a flat roof, with a northern roof light, simple elevational grid, and large windows. 1 one-bed and 2 two-bed apartments will be located on the upper floors, with double-height office units based on the ground floor.

Within the courtyard, 9 townhouses will be constructed as a wing element to the frontage building. These will include 7 four-storey, three beds & 2 three-storey, two/three beds.

This well-designed sustainable mixed use development will see both buildings constructed in a simple palette of materials with facing brick the primary material.

The mews houses at the rear will present an elegant modern interpretation of the industrial heritage of the area.

10 car parking spaces will be provided, with each parking place having the infrastructure for electric car charging.

Whilst the rear pedestrianised courtyard will be somewhat dominated by vehicles, it will however provide a shared amenity space for residents; a number of these units will boast external terrace space. 

All Artists Impressions by Sjölander da Cruz Architects

POSITIVE IMPACT

The development has been meticulously designed to respect not only the urban and historical contexts of the area but also that of the Jewellery Quarter Conservation Area.

This site was once home to the Rapid Steel Company that made alben safety razors, hence the name. However the former factory had lain empty for several years, before being put out of its misery and demolished in 2019.

Photo by Liv Property

The building long had a negative impact on the area, not only in a visual sense but also economically.

It was set back, thus eliminating any kind of relationship with its grander neighbours next door; it basically disrupted the shared rhythm of builds on Legge Lane. 

Sjölander Da Cruz's design has remedied that by bringing the building forward and ensuring the street continues its alignment of curved frontages, whilst being respectful of the listed buildings on the street. We love it.

LATEST CONSTRUCTION SHOTS:

Steelwork is taking shape with groundworks continuing at the front of the site, with the mews houses at the rear progressing nicely.

March 6:

Such a picturesque street;

February;

Photos by Stephen Giles

PROJECT TEAM:

DEVELOPER: Liv Projekt
QUANTITY SURVEYOR: PMP Consultants
STRUCTURAL ENGINEERCouch Consulting Engineers

Words & Pictures by Stephen Giles. Artists Impressions from Sjölander da Cruz Architects.

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08 Mar 2020 - Stephen Giles
Gallery

The Construction of Snow Hill Wharf - March 2020

Superb progress is being made at one of the city's premier developments: Snow Hill Wharf, with all blocks noticeably well advanced, including the 21-storey tower; currently on floor 5. The concrete pouring of new floors continues across the site, and we've seen commencement of brickwork on one of the builds. Lovely.

 

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The Construction of Snow Hill Wharf - March 2020





Superb progress is being made at one of the city's premier developments: Snow Hill Wharf, with all blocks noticeably well advanced, including the 21-storey tower; currently on floor 5. The concrete pouring of new floors continues across the site, and we've seen commencement of brickwork on one of the builds. Lovely.

 


Brickwork has also commenced on The Barker building:

AND HOW THE DEVELOPMENT WILL LOOK ONCE COMPLETE IN 2022

Artists Impressions from GRID Architects

At present, Snow Hill Wharf stands at 406 apartments. However, a 2020 Planning application, still yet to be determined, will see SHW increased to 420, with an increase in two and three bedroom apartments, as per the details below.

OVERVIEW:

USE: Erection of a residential-led project comprising 420 residential apartments.

This sees an overall mix of 185 one-bedroom, 215 two-bedroom and 20 three-bedroom apartments, with the tallest build seeing a 21-storey tower overlooking the canal.
 
Snow Hill Wharf will facilitate three landscaped podium gardens and residents-only facilities, including a gymnasium, sauna, steam room, cinema and lounge.
 
143 car parking spaces are provided, including 5 EV, and space for 420 bicycles.
 
DEVELOPER: Berkeley Homes (St. Joseph West Midlands arm)
ARCHITECTS: Carey Jones Chapman Tolcher/ Fira Landscape/ Julia Palmer Interior Design
CONTRACTOR: Foundation Developments

Words & Photos by Stephen Giles

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Squares and public spaces
28 Feb 2020 - Elliott Brown
Inspiration

Centenary Square lit up after dark with the Water Jet fountains

Heading back into town from The BCAG, got these views of Centenary Square around 7pm on Wednesday 26th February 2020. Been wanting to see the Water Jet fountains lit up after it got dark. Was very quiet in Centenary Square. Crossing over Library Tram Stop, as roadworks on Broad Street mean you can't walk down past Symphony Hall. Westside seemed quiet for this time of the evening.

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Centenary Square lit up after dark with the Water Jet fountains





Heading back into town from The BCAG, got these views of Centenary Square around 7pm on Wednesday 26th February 2020. Been wanting to see the Water Jet fountains lit up after it got dark. Was very quiet in Centenary Square. Crossing over Library Tram Stop, as roadworks on Broad Street mean you can't walk down past Symphony Hall. Westside seemed quiet for this time of the evening.


Heading out of Brindleyplace, and back onto Broad Street. I headed to Centenary Square sometime after 7pm, after leaving a Birmingham We Are arts event at The Birmingham Contemporary Art Gallery. Hoardings on Broad Street, means you have to cross over to the side near Regency Wharf and the Hyatt Regency Birmingham Hotel.

Crossing over Library Tram Stop.

The water jets in the Reflective Pool were lit up red at this point while the Library of Birmingham was blue.

The blue lights were making nice reflections here.

The water jets going up giving off an unique blue tint.

Between the Library of Birmingham and HSBC UK. Looks quite complete from here.

View to HSBC UK at 1 Centenary Square with the Municipal Bank and 3 Arena Central.

Tram 23 was heading into Library Tram Stop. Passing the Municipal Bank, future home of a University of Birmingham venue.

Tram 23 comes to a stop at Library Tram Stop. Making a nice reflection from this side.

View towards the Symphony Hall foyer and the Hyatt Regency Birmingham.

Further down as you have the tram on the left and the Library to the right.

Might as well get Baskerville House and the Hall of Memory again while I passed through.

Tram 23 passed the Alpha Tower and HSBC UK as I headed towards Centenary Way, Chamberlain Square and Victoria Square.

Photos taken by Elliott Brown.

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Birmingham We Are People with Passion award winner 2020

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