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Stephen Giles Construction & regeneration
28 Jul 2022 - Stephen Giles
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Approval For 111 Apartments On Upper Gough Street

A car park on Upper Gough Street is to be transformed into 111 apartments, with courtyards, a roof terrace & a pedestrianised public realm.

Approval has now been granted to regenerate the site.

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Approval For 111 Apartments On Upper Gough Street





A car park on Upper Gough Street is to be transformed into 111 apartments, with courtyards, a roof terrace & a pedestrianised public realm.

Approval has now been granted to regenerate the site.


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Long lost to demolition during the mid-20th century when the site once housed dense back-to-backs and terraced housing, the site will re-establish new frontages to both Upper Gough Street and Chapmans Passage for the first time in a generation.

Recognising the emergence of new projects in the area, the I-shaped Corstorphine & Wright design will be spread over five to seven storeys and will be formed around two landscaped courtyards.

Accommodating a wide range of lifestyles, the project includes a hearty array of one- and two-bedroom apartments, together with 5 two-bedroom duplex townhouses - eleven have been assigned affordable, with 25% available as 'First Homes'.

Complementing the living spaces will be a fifth-floor roof terrace offering both exercise spaces & views across the city, spaces for 56 cycles, and private balconies to select apartments.

Brought forward by Upper Gough Street Ltd (Rainier Developments), the development also includes a new pedestrianised thoroughfare to Chapmans Passage, which will go a long way to sewing together the fabric of the street to (ultimately) provide fluid access to the historic Peace Gardens.

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Chapmans Yard, images from Corstorphine&Wright.

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Stephen Giles Construction & regeneration
28 Jul 2022 - Stephen Giles
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Birmingham City Council Backs Methodist Central Hall Restoration

Plans to revamp the Methodist Central Hall on Corporation Street have been given the green-light.

Irish developer Oakmount will now transform the historic grade II* listed gem into a destination hospitality and leisure scheme, anchored by a 155 bedroom 'The Dean' Hotel.

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Plans to revamp the Methodist Central Hall on Corporation Street have been given the green-light.

Irish developer Oakmount will now transform the historic grade II* listed gem into a destination hospitality and leisure scheme, anchored by a 155 bedroom 'The Dean' Hotel.


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The 1904-built grade II* listed building will be fully and unequivocally restored by Irish developer Oakmount and sister leisure company Creative Cedar and will be operated by another of Oakmount's sister companies, Press Up Hospitality.

Known as ‘The Dean’ – a UK first – the building will see a viability-boosting three-storey glazed roof extension to house another UK first: a flagship Sophie’s restaurant and bar, with two terraces affording panoramic views across the city.

The hotel-led destination will also see a full restoration of its Central Hall auditorium into a grand 1,500 capacity event venue, guaranteed to become one of the city's premier destinations, as well as offering basement and ground-level commercial and business units.

These will feature several public bars, eateries, and leisure brands, such as the members-only 'The Dalton' club and cocktail bar, a 'Creative Cedar' gym, meeting rooms, and a classic barber's.

Class!

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The Dean Birmingham, images from TODD Architects. 

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Your Place Your Space - Support Construction & regeneration
27 Jul 2022 - Your Place Your Space - Support
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Birmingham - Place-shaping, place-making and promotion of place

This post will explain how this unique collaboration and partnership with community allows people to share and follow their passion for their place and feel part of Birmingham's future

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Birmingham - Place-shaping, place-making and promotion of place





This post will explain how this unique collaboration and partnership with community allows people to share and follow their passion for their place and feel part of Birmingham's future


Place-shaping, place-making, promotion of place and the continued growth of a digitally engaged community as a legacy of the Commonwealth Games.

Our story

At the time the announcement was made that Birmingham would be hosting the Commonwealth Games, we were convinced about the value of engaging community in a huge collaboration for place-shaping, place-making and the promotion of place. See our video below created back in 2020.

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Select HERE for video.

Interest in collaborating was huge

Interest from community in getting involved in the largest digital collaboration (we believe) of any city was huge and soon we had people sending us content of the places and the Birmingham Passions they were keen to promote.

This content is now contained in 100s of features and displayed on multiple maps.

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Select HERE for Birmingham Gems video.

Promotion of place

Using this map, residents and visitors can explore the City and its Gems.

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Select HERE for Birmingham Gems map.

Making and Shaping of place

Using this map, residents can engage in the development and future of their place.

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Select HERE for Birmingham development map.

Productive place-shaping and creative conversations

This in turn has led to place-making creative conversations exploring the link between creativity, place and community.

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Select HERE for one of our Creative Conversations videos.

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Select HERE for another of our Creative Conversations videos.

More Gems featured by community

It has led to more and more Birmingham Gems being featured with creatives generating considerable interest across Community.

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Select HERE for another of our videos focussed on creativity.

More maps and more trails

The growth in the number of community contributors has led to many maps and trails being created for well-being and a promotion of specific passions.

Here’s one covering Parks and Open Spaces.

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Select HERE for Parks and Open Spaces video.

Over 1.2 million views already

The digital platform we launched last year has now received almost 1,200,000 views, increasing by 15,000 every week.

Plans over the next two weeks during the Commonwealth Games

The Commonwealth Games, we knew would provide the added incentive for people to engage with their place. We have created a digitial space where they can do just this.

We also knew that this would lead to significant social and economic impact and this would reflect the digital reach that could be achieved by all the programmes the CG2022 team and BCC are supporting and funding.

The following shows the flexibility and adaptability of our maps so that Birmingham Gems and Birmingham Passions can be showcased alongside Commonwealth Games community-related events.

Here’s a map showing the baton relay stops and other events.

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Here we have added the passion of public art in and around the city.

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We can add rivers, canals and open spaces.

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We can add History as a passion.

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We can add modern architecture and classic architecture.

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This is the view if we include all passions and places of interest across the city.

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Resulting in .....

... a massive digital legacy for the city and its neighbourhoods following the Commonwealth Games with more people more aware of what the city offers.

..... a digital space populated by community for community.

..... place-making, place-shaping and promotion of place in practice.

Plans for the remainder of 2022

Engaged and connected digital neighbourhoods.

The plan post Commonwealth Games is to roll out digital spaces into the city’s neighbourhoods with the support of people passionate about their city. This could well provide a digital vehicle for volunteers and those people active in supporting the Games.

It will also open up digital skills exchanges whereby young people act as digital ambassadors in their community.

Such a venture will build on the awareness and inspiration created by the Be Bold Be Birmingham campaign.

Together with the help of community, work to show how a digital neighbourhood would look and function has already started and several of Bimingham’s councillors have expressed an interest in finding out how their neighbourhood could be involved.

Let’s connect

We appreciate that time is critical to make the most of the opportunities presented by the Games.

Let’s meet and discuss all the applications of a unique digital space.

Jonathan.Bostock@yourplaceyourspace.com

 

 

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Stephen Giles Construction & regeneration
25 Jul 2022 - Stephen Giles
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Enterprise Wharf Nearing Completion - July 2022

Enterprise Wharf is Birmingham’s first smart-enabled office building, located in the Knowledge Quarter.

The new focal point for the emerging area, which is now seeing the installation of its prominent red panels, is set for a late 2022 completion.

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Enterprise Wharf Nearing Completion - July 2022





Enterprise Wharf is Birmingham’s first smart-enabled office building, located in the Knowledge Quarter.

The new focal point for the emerging area, which is now seeing the installation of its prominent red panels, is set for a late 2022 completion.


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As our drone images show, Enterprise Wharf is looking absolutely magnificent as we enter the closing stages of development – with the prominent external red panels now being installed.

Offering 120,000K SF of high-quality commercial space over ten floors, the £30m building is a brand-new addition to Birmingham Innovation Campus, the UK’s largest dedicated digital tech campus, home to over 170 businesses. But there's so much more.

The building, brought forward by Bruntwood SciTech, and designed by Associated Architects, will be embedded with the latest cutting-edge new technologies, such as ‘Internet of Things’ sensors, which will act as a ‘central nervous system’ for the building to provide its energy use data.

Businesses will be able to harness this data to optimise their heating, lighting, and air quality, helping to reduce emissions, and operational costs while improving occupants' wellbeing.

A whole lot of work is also happening around the periphery of the site, with the planting of new trees rejuvenating the canalside and amenity. Other facilities will include 5G coverage, a large open-plan reception, collaborative spaces, showers, breakout areas, and a roof terrace.

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Drone images from Stephen Giles.

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Enterprise Wharf CGIs from Bruntwood SciTech.

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Stephen Giles Construction & regeneration
22 Jul 2022 - Stephen Giles
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The Construction of Setl - July 2022

Six years ago Steven Spielberg transformed Cornwall House, in the Jewellery Quarter, into McDowell Street, Columbus, Ohio, for his movie Ready Player One.

Fast-forward to the present and the former sixties building, at the junction of Ludgate Hill and Newhall Street, has since been demolished & will now be home to 'Setl'.

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The Construction of Setl - July 2022





Six years ago Steven Spielberg transformed Cornwall House, in the Jewellery Quarter, into McDowell Street, Columbus, Ohio, for his movie Ready Player One.

Fast-forward to the present and the former sixties building, at the junction of Ludgate Hill and Newhall Street, has since been demolished & will now be home to 'Setl'.


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We took to the skies recently to snap the latest progress of Setl, where construction is well underway on the delivery of two residential buildings.

The site will see a new part 6-12 storey to Ludgate Hill & Newhall Street, with a striking tile-clad three-storey cushioned canalside.

102 one- and two-bedroom apartments will be formed, together with two public commercial units that will add to the already thriving commercial street scene on Ludgate Hill.

All of this will be complemented by a rooftop garden on the sixth floor, with workspaces, lounges, a state-of-the-art gymnasium, and an internal courtyard space.

The £32m project is HBD's first foray into Birmingham and, with Jeweller Quarter trendsetters BPN designing the scheme, Setl - when it completes in 2024 - will be externally finished in a dark red & light red orange brick, with bespoke glazed terracotta & decorative detailing, paying homage to Birmingham's architectural past.

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Cornwall House for Ready Player One (Image from Metrogogo, CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons).

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Drone photography from Stephen Giles; CGIs from HBD.

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