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Stephen Giles Construction & regeneration
05 Nov 2022 - Stephen Giles
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The Photographic Works: Facade reveal

The wraps are coming down at Photographic Works, a brand new boutique development of 50 apartments and duplex townhouses, on Camden Street, Jewellery Quarter.

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The Photographic Works: Facade reveal





The wraps are coming down at Photographic Works, a brand new boutique development of 50 apartments and duplex townhouses, on Camden Street, Jewellery Quarter.


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The wraps are slowly coming down to reveal a fabulous new façade at Photographic Works.

Blending history with contemporary style, the façade, with its brick piers reminiscent of film strips, is heavily inspired by the site’s former use as a Photographic Processing Works.

The Photographic Processing Works was once occupied by Munn’s Brothers, a company that developed films for companies, such as Boots.

Its redevelopment, bought forward by Hatchbury, designed by BPN, and built out by mac group, rises to four storeys & will soon offer 43 one and two-bedroom apartments along with five duplex townhouses, all for private sale.

All of this will be complemented by communal gardens, private balconies and gardens to select apartments, lift access, private gated car parking & spaces for up to 48 cycles.

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Words & construction images by Stephen Giles; CGIs from Hatchbury/ BPN Architects.

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Stephen Giles Construction & regeneration
02 Nov 2022 - Stephen Giles
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Ambitious Tower for Solihull Approved

Ambitious plans for a 12-storey gateway building in Solihull have been approved.

The plans from Winston Group will revitalise Station Road with a legible landmark building in between Solihull train station and its centre.

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Ambitious Tower for Solihull Approved





Ambitious plans for a 12-storey gateway building in Solihull have been approved.

The plans from Winston Group will revitalise Station Road with a legible landmark building in between Solihull train station and its centre.


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The Lantern is a 12-storey gateway building at the heart of the Solihull 2036 masterplan.

Replacing a vacant two-storey unit, The Lantern will not only improve the legibility of a gateway site by delivering a distinctive and affordable destination that is both viable and technically deliverable, but it will also bring a permanent community base back into the area.

It will offer a range of 50 one- and two-bedroom apartments across ten floors, in a mixture of 14 one-beds, and 36 two-bedrooms.

Its ground floor will be occupied by a modern flexible commercial unit, while the peak will exhibit a stunning lantern tiara-inspired art installation, complemented by a spacious new roof garden for its residents.

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FURTHER UNLOCKING OF LAND

Future landscaping works around the site are SBC-owned, but work is underway to unlock the land to introduce new public realm greenery.

The row of shops abutting The Lantern is also coming forward for 48 more homes - again from Winston Group (here).

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The Solihull Town Centre Masterplan aims to provide a framework for future investment and development which maximises the opportunities for Solihull, capitalising on its existing assets, and sets out a clear vision for Solihull 2036.

Images from JM Architects, DEP.

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Stephen Giles Construction & regeneration
02 Nov 2022 - Stephen Giles
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2 Snowhill Plaza: Plans In For 48-storey Tower

EXCLUSIVE: Plans for a 48-storey tower at Snow Hill have arrived.

The residential plans have been brought forward by HUB Group, together with pan-European investment group, MARK, with designs coming from Metropolitan Workshop Architects.

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2 Snowhill Plaza: Plans In For 48-storey Tower





EXCLUSIVE: Plans for a 48-storey tower at Snow Hill have arrived.

The residential plans have been brought forward by HUB Group, together with pan-European investment group, MARK, with designs coming from Metropolitan Workshop Architects.


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2 Snow Hill Plaza is a major 48-storey (G, UG + 46fl) build-to-rent (BTR) development comprising 462 one- to three-bedroom homes, on-site shared amenities, ground-floor commercial, and a new public realm.

Modernist-inspired 2 Snowhill Plaza is being developed by HUB Group, in partnership with pan-European investment manager MARK.

Using a lower carbon approach, the scheme will deliver 228 one-bed (1-2 persons), 189 two-bed (3-4 persons), and 45 three-bed apartments (5 persons), complemented by a mixed-use plinth offering on-site communal amenities, as well as a public ground-level commercial unit.

The plinth will incorporate a multi-levelled entrance featuring a lobby, cycle workshop, and co-working spaces. Venturing upwards, chamfered corners will be made at levels 14 & 22, allowing for lounges & pocket gardens. Additional semi-covered space will also be provided on floor 46.

A new east-west public connection, allowing for fluid walkable routes from Snow Hill Queensway to Weaman Street for the first time since the late 19th century, will also be created.

With 2 Snowhill Plaza predominately car-free, 486 cycle spaces will be allocated alongside 2 off-site disabled spaces, 2 off-site motorcycle spaces, and 2 off-site car club spaces.

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Words by Stephen Giles; images from HUB, Metropolitan Workshop.

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Stephen Giles Construction & regeneration
01 Nov 2022 - Stephen Giles
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Gunsmith Quarter Expansion Approved

APPROVED: Consort AH has received consent to transform their existing premises on Lower Loveday Street, in the Gunsmith Quarter. 

The expansion, which also includes a heritage building, will bring the site in line with other developments in and around the site.

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Gunsmith Quarter Expansion Approved





APPROVED: Consort AH has received consent to transform their existing premises on Lower Loveday Street, in the Gunsmith Quarter. 

The expansion, which also includes a heritage building, will bring the site in line with other developments in and around the site.


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Consort Architectural Hardware, a leading manufacturer & supplier of architectural hardware products, located at 28-31 Lower Loveday Street, has been given the nod to transform their premises with a bespoke new low energy, low carbon expansion.

The environmentally conscious scheme is composed of an existing Grade C locally-listed gothic revival building and a set-back warehouse storage unit.

With its gothic arch details, the heritage property will accommodate offices on its lower levels, with an upward extension introducing two duplex apartments to the site. External balconies & a new ‘false façade’ at second-floor level will be created, allowing for maximum resident privacy.

The warehouse will also be expanded in line with other developments next to the site (see below), affording Consort the luxury of additional storage for their products.

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Words by Stephen Giles; images from JAB Design.

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31 Oct 2022 - Stephen Giles
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Approval for Temple Street Office

41-42 Temple Street, a vacant late Georgian three-storey building, is to be demolished (excluding its façade) and a new six-storey rear new build erected.

The project has been approved subject to safeguarding measures to guarantee a high-quality standard of development.

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Approval for Temple Street Office





41-42 Temple Street, a vacant late Georgian three-storey building, is to be demolished (excluding its façade) and a new six-storey rear new build erected.

The project has been approved subject to safeguarding measures to guarantee a high-quality standard of development.


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Built in a classical style with stucco render, with pedimented first-floor windows with a Greek key frieze motif, the building dates back to c1824 and is a rare survivor of Georgian Birmingham.

Its façade and intricate detailings will be retained; however, a much-altered lower quality mid-20th century re-building behind the façade will be removed and replaced with a six-storey new build accommodating five floors of speculative office floorspace (650 sqm).

Synthesising with the existing architecture, the project will be complemented by basement amenities – a cycle store, showers & spaces for office occupiers – & a vibrant ground-level retail/food/beverage unit, adding to the mixture on the street.

The fabric-led approach will see the project aim for a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ score. To achieve this the building's M&E systems will be improved, along with high-performance insulation, solar control, air source heat pumps, and MVHR.

Temple Street will be brought forward by EPIC Ltd, the building's owner.

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Words by Stephen Giles; images from OMI Architects.

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