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09 Sep 2020 - Stephen Giles
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The Construction of Symphony Hall - August & Early September 2020

A superb gallery from Daniel, Elliott and Stephen in this August and early September update, with the project now on the home straight to completion!

Click the post for a new render and some exclusive interior pictures from Galliford Try Construction - many thanks to them for sharing. 

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The Construction of Symphony Hall - August & Early September 2020





A superb gallery from Daniel, Elliott and Stephen in this August and early September update, with the project now on the home straight to completion!

Click the post for a new render and some exclusive interior pictures from Galliford Try Construction - many thanks to them for sharing. 


INTERIOR UPDATE:  

The internal scaffolding has come down to reveal the new extended space that'll feature the new foyer and performance spaces. Take a look around and you'll see some cool new seating in the form of cascading stairs and integrated balconies.

All images the property of Galliford Try Construction.

AND HOW IT'LL LOOK ONCE COMPLETE:

Artist Impressions from Page/Park Architects.

EXTERIOR: 

September 5-7: 

Photos by Stephen Giles.

September 4:

August 29:

August 19: Pouring down with rain..

August 13-16:

August 7:

August 1:

Photos by Elliott Brown.

August 7-8:

Photos by Daniel Sturley.

August 3:

Photos by Stephen Giles.

'LET THE MUSIC PLAY'

PROJECT TEAM: 
DEVELOPER: Birmingham Performances Ltd
ARCHITECTS: Page\Park Architects
CONTRACTOR: Galliford Try Construction
PROJECT MANAGER: David Stanley Consulting
COST CONSULTANT: PMP Consultants
CLIENT ADVISOR: Invigour
PRINCIPAL DESIGNER: CDM Scotland
MECHANICAL AND ELECTRICAL: Max Fordham LLP
STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: ARUP
ACOUSTIC: Hoare Lea
WEBSITE: https://making-an-entrance.thsh.co.uk/
Words & pictures from Stephen, with additional photos from Daniel & Elliott.
 
Artists Impressions from Page/Park Architects; Interior images from Galliford Try Construction.
 
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03 Sep 2020 - Stephen Giles
News & Updates

JQ PROJECTS: The Lamp Works

The Lamp Works, located on Great Hampton Street, has moved to the next stage of development with the formal signing of a Section 106 agreement – paving the way for the redevelopment of a rundown site.

For all renderings and a thorough lowdown on the scheme from Stephen, click 'View full post'.

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JQ PROJECTS: The Lamp Works





The Lamp Works, located on Great Hampton Street, has moved to the next stage of development with the formal signing of a Section 106 agreement – paving the way for the redevelopment of a rundown site.

For all renderings and a thorough lowdown on the scheme from Stephen, click 'View full post'.


Blackswan Property (*Blackswan Developments (Barr Street) Ltd*) are bringing forward plans to construct 129 apartments within Birmingham's famous Jewellery Quarter, after a section 106 agreement was formally agreed this week (September 2020).

Six months on from gaining planning approval, The Lamp Works, bound by Great Hampton Street and Barr Street, will see the retention, conversion and partial demolition of existing, rundown buildings, and the erection of four/five storey new builds.

The development, designed by BPN Architects, will create a total of 129 one, two and three bed apartments, a ground floor commercial unit and inner courtyard; alongside car and cycle spaces.

A total floorspace of 11,852 sqm will be created, with 1,587 sqm primarily for commercial uses.

The residential element will deliver a total of 64 one, 54 two, and 11 three bed apartments – mainly available for rent.

To break this down even further: 14 one bed/one person apartments; 40 one bed/two person; 51 two bed/three person; 13 duplexes (10 one bed/two person & 3 two bed/four person); and 11 three bed/6 person apartments, will be provided.

13 of these (8 one & 5 two beds) will be available for low cost market rent; thereby adding to the accommodation mix.

20 vehicular spaces (15% provision) will serve the development, with an entrance onto Barr Street accommodating a small car park. 5 secure cycle stores providing up to 132 cycle spaces will also be incorporated.

DEMOLITIONS

A series of rundown industrial builds on Great Hampton Street and Barr Street will be demolished, despite protestations from Jewellery Quarter Development Trust (JQDT), and Historic England.

Concerns were duly raised from both, believing demolition would cause significant harm to the fabric of Barr Street, and that the replacement builds were also too overbearing.

They did concede, however, that the Great Hampton Street building demolitions were justified.

In the end, Lamp Works required a careful balancing of the objections to the development against the huge public benefits of allowing the demolition and erection of these replacement builds.

** The site now has a clear route for the regeneration of what is essentially a rundown area, with the introduction of viable new uses, the restoration of historic buildings, the inclusion of courtyards and the construction of high-quality new buildings, in an area badly needing investment.

SO, WHAT’S MAKING WAY?

As outlined below, every building except 30-33 Great Hampton Street - occupied by Blue Nile restaurant - will be consigned to the history books.

These include the 2-3 storey buildings facing onto Great Hampton Street, home to Xtreme Mobiles, Vapour Devil and Mobile Base.

Great Hampton Street: Google Street View

On Barr Street, a line of six 2-3 storey buildings, currently vacant or being used as ad hoc storage will also be demolished.

In the centre of the site, the development team wish to retain a 3-storey skeletal steel frame from one of the buildings to act as the focus for a new courtyard space.

Barr Street: Google Street View

CONVERSION(S)

Blue Nile restaurant at 30 Great Hampton Street, is to be retained and refurbished, with first and second floors converted to provide 2 one bed & 2 two bedroom apartments.

New traditional shop fronts will be installed with new windows, brickwork and roofs fully restored.

The adjoining building at 33 Great Hampton Street is also set to be converted into a unit (usage yet to be decided) of 355 sqm on the ground floor, and one of 324 sqm on the first floor.

NEW BUILDS 

Five new builds of between 4 and 5 storeys will be constructed across the site.

Building A will see a four and five storey structure with a small single storey wing to the rear. It will provide 17 apartments, a ground floor commercial unit & a new internal courtyard.

Directly behind Building A will be three buildings of 4-storeys: B (27 units), C (20 units) and E (2 units).

Each build will be arranged around a central courtyard space which will accommodate the retained open steel frame, as seen below.

Building D (70 apartments) is to be 5 storeys tall and will front out onto Barr Street and the North West side of the courtyard area; it will also accommodate vehicular access into the site.

Buildings B-E will also provide apartment space.

Words by Stephen Giles. Artists Impressions from BPN Architects & Blackswan Property.

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28 Aug 2020 - Daniel Sturley
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Birmingham, Cranes Across the City - Summer Update

Here's the latest crane photography gallery covering June, July and August, including the extension of the cranes at the Mercian and the installation of the crane at One Centenary Way amoungst others.

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Birmingham, Cranes Across the City - Summer Update





Here's the latest crane photography gallery covering June, July and August, including the extension of the cranes at the Mercian and the installation of the crane at One Centenary Way amoungst others.


Photos by Daniel Sturley

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26 Aug 2020 - Stephen Giles
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APPROVED: HS2 Interchange Station & Automated People Mover

HS2 Interchange Station and an Automated People Mover have been formally approved!

The new environmentally-friendly station will seamlessly integrate with Birmingham Airport, International Station, the NEC, and other modes of transport to become the best-connected place in the UK. For full renderings of the new station and its exciting new APM - click the link below.

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APPROVED: HS2 Interchange Station & Automated People Mover





HS2 Interchange Station and an Automated People Mover have been formally approved!

The new environmentally-friendly station will seamlessly integrate with Birmingham Airport, International Station, the NEC, and other modes of transport to become the best-connected place in the UK. For full renderings of the new station and its exciting new APM - click the link below.


HS2 Interchange will be the best-connected place in the UK by rail, air and road with customers able to reach London Euston in a mere 38 minutes.

The Station, designed to focus on open space and landscaping, will deliver two 415 metre long island platforms, offering 4 platform faces, as well as 2 central high speed through lines for non-stop services.

Interchange will be linked to the NEC (National Exhibition Centre), Birmingham International Station and Birmingham Airport via an automated people mover carrying up to 2,100 passengers per hour in each direction, with a link every three minutes along the 2.3km route.

In addition to the APM, the station will be fully integrated with buses, taxis and private vehicle options. 

Net zero carbon in operation, the station will adopt the latest environmentally friendly design and sustainable technologies including harvesting of rainwater and sustainable power generation with solar panels. 

CONSTRUCTION

Located within a triangle of land bound by the M42, A45 and A452, the site is already well underway with regards to preparatory work. Modular bridge structures are now being put in place on the site of the station, with a remodelling of the road network set to facilitate new access. Work is now set to ramp up in the coming months ahead.

THE IMAGES: HS2 INTERCHANGE

AUTOMATED PEOPLE MOVER:

NEC stop & over Pendigo Lake:

Birmingham Airport Stop:

 

Interchange Stop:

MAINTENANCE FACILITY:

Words by Stephen Giles; Artists Impressions from HS2 Ltd & ARUP.

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26 Aug 2020 - Stephen Giles
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The Construction of The Mercian - July and August 2020

We've now reached the 27th floor on the main tower, with the main core now sitting pretty on level 29/30. It won’t be long now before it exceeds the 100m mark and saunters above Bank Tower II, adjacent.

Plenty of images here from our trusty team, with images going back to mid-July. Enjoy!

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The Construction of The Mercian - July and August 2020





We've now reached the 27th floor on the main tower, with the main core now sitting pretty on level 29/30. It won’t be long now before it exceeds the 100m mark and saunters above Bank Tower II, adjacent.

Plenty of images here from our trusty team, with images going back to mid-July. Enjoy!


The Mercian: Moda Reachtimelapse

Works have started in earnest on the 27th floor of this 42-storey development (132m), as seen above, with the core also continuing its upward surge and is almost at the 100m stage.

Facade works on the main tower is noticeably well advanced too; now wrapping itself around level 12, with the already topped-out 14-storey shoulder reaching the penultimate floor. Enjoy the mega update from Daniel, Stephen & Elliott.

17th August:

14-16th August:

2-3rd August:

16-31st July:

Photos by Daniel Sturley

21st July:

Photos by Stephen Giles.

11th August:

31st July:

25th July:

14th July:

Photos by Elliott Brown.

Words by Stephen Giles.

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