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Stephen Giles Construction & regeneration
31 Oct 2022 - Stephen Giles
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The Construction of The Octagon - October 2022

After months of groundworks, Octagon, the city's tallest building under construction, is impressively taking shape at ground level.

Foundations and floor slabs at the 49-storey (155m, 510 feet) tower are now visible. Follow the post for a fab October update.

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The Construction of The Octagon - October 2022





After months of groundworks, Octagon, the city's tallest building under construction, is impressively taking shape at ground level.

Foundations and floor slabs at the 49-storey (155m, 510 feet) tower are now visible. Follow the post for a fab October update.


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Drone photography from Stephen Giles (TW: Mo0time).

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Photography from Daniel Sturley (TW: Ikonic_exposure).

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Drone photography from Stephen Giles.

At Itsyourbuild we follow each project from inception to completion. For Octagon, there are now over 200 superb photos of its construction which can be seen in reverse date order in our full gallery here: The Octagon at Paradise.

Also, be sure to check all Birmingham projects via our Development Map here.

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Stephen Giles Construction & regeneration
25 Oct 2022 - Stephen Giles
News & Updates

Application in for MasterChef's Move into Birmingham

The BBC's flagship television show, MasterChef, will move to Digbeth's Banana Warehouse in 2024, the first time the show will be made outside London in more than 20 years.

The historic site forms the first building of the wider Digbeth Loc. Studios.

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Application in for MasterChef's Move into Birmingham





The BBC's flagship television show, MasterChef, will move to Digbeth's Banana Warehouse in 2024, the first time the show will be made outside London in more than 20 years.

The historic site forms the first building of the wider Digbeth Loc. Studios.


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The series, produced by Shine TV, will be made at what will become the first building of the new Digbeth Loc studios, as part of a six-year deal.

This will mean that spinoff shows such as MasterChef: The Professionals, Celebrity MasterChef, and Young MasterChef for BBC Three, as well as any festive editions, will be made in Digbeth.

The canal-side building, a historical gem dating back to 1840, will be refurbished and extended to deliver pre-production, filming, and post-production spaces. This will include a main stage, a contestants' room, critics' dining, offices, and support spaces, e.g. prep-kitchen & meeting rooms.

WIDER DIGBETH LOC. STUDIOS

Becoming the first building within the wider Digbeth Loc. Masterplan, BBC MasterChef will undoubtedly set the tone and aid in promoting the area as a creative media district.

Conceived by Birmingham-born screenwriter and director, Steven Knight, Digbeth Loc. will incorporate film and TV studios, workspaces, a hotel & residential; all of which will be located close to HS2, the new BBC Birmingham HQ at Typhoo Wharf, & the new Creative Cluster at The Bond.

The city is fast becoming a popular filming location for blockbusters & television. The Girl with All The Gifts was filmed here. Grand Central doubled as Abu Dhabi airport for Tom Cruise’s upcoming Mission Impossible film. Citadel, an upcoming Amazon series was also partially shot in the city, while Steven Spielberg shot large portions of Ready Player One here.

Be sure to follow this development here; as well as on our Twitter and Instagram channels.

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Words by Stephen Giles; images from K4 Architects.

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Stephen Giles Construction & regeneration
24 Oct 2022 - Stephen Giles
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Cole Waterhouse completes acquisition of Upper Trinity Street, Digbeth

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Cole Waterhouse completes acquisition of Upper Trinity Street, Digbeth






Investment and development company Cole Waterhouse has completed the acquisition of Upper Trinity Street (UTS), a key development site in Digbeth, paving the way for the £260 million mixed-use scheme to deliver 943 new homes & a new public park for the city.

Cole Waterhouse has entered into an agreement with debt facility provider Ingenious to acquire the land from multiple private owners, with Auxillium Real Estate acting as the debt broker.

The purchase follows hot on the heels after Birmingham City Council granted planning permission in July 2021 for the transformation of the industrial land into a cultural, commercial and residential scheme. It will include the creation of Pump House Park which will sit alongside the canal and the historic lock keepers cottage which will be retained.

Last year Cole Waterhouse signed the first tenants at UTS including the world’s first Museum of Youth Culture, Birmingham Music Archive and Digbeth’s legendary Pat Benson Boxing Academy which together will occupy over 15,000 sq ft of space.

Designed by Corstorphine & Wright, UTS will deliver a blend of rentable and open market sales homes, some with live-work space and roof gardens, a 133-bedroom hotel, 60,000 sq ft of flexible commercial space, car parking and large new areas of public realm across a network of landscaped yards, squares and hidden spaces.

The development of UTS is expected to create 600 jobs during the construction phase, deliver £229.5m GVA to the local economy and will create up to 313 additional jobs once built.

Phase one (below) will see the development of a portion of the residential element of the scheme comprising build-to-rent housing, spread over three buildings of fifteen to sixteen storeys.

Speaking about the acquisition, Damian Flood, CEO at Cole Waterhouse commented: “With the land now successfully acquired, we look forward to the delivery of this major mixed-use scheme. Over the course of the next few months, we will be tendering the construction contract for phase one, and aim to start on site by Q3 next year. We will also be appointing a real estate adviser to support us with marketing the residential offer both locally and internationally.

“There has been a huge collaborative effort from the stakeholders including the City Council, the local community of Digbeth, the Canal & River Trust and our project team and I would like to thank everyone for supporting our vision and for their unwavering commitment to the delivery of UTS.”

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UTS, images from Cole Waterhouse, Corstorphine+Wright.

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Stephen Giles Construction & regeneration
21 Oct 2022 - Stephen Giles
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New 17-storey Student Tower for Edgbaston

EXCLUSIVE: These are the first images for the proposed 17 storey student development on Bristol Road, Edgbaston.

The plans are being brought forward by Fusion Students, together with investment partners Cain International, and Corstorphine+Wright Architects.

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New 17-storey Student Tower for Edgbaston





EXCLUSIVE: These are the first images for the proposed 17 storey student development on Bristol Road, Edgbaston.

The plans are being brought forward by Fusion Students, together with investment partners Cain International, and Corstorphine+Wright Architects.


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Fusion Students' new £1.5bn joint venture with Cain International seeks to regenerate this derelict Bristol Road site with a c. 620-bed student accommodation scheme.

Aiming for an October 2023 start date, the redevelopment of The Tree sites, a former public house, proposes c. 620 apartments within four new linked buildings, with the tallest rising to 17 storeys fronting onto Bristol Road and Belgrave Middleway.

The other buildings, designed by Corstorphine+Wright, remain subservient to the taller block and these will rise to 8, 10 & 11 storeys.

Accommodation includes a range of 3-4 room clusters with a shared kitchen/living space; social studios; twodios; larger studio rooms; and standard one-bedroom apartments.

With a key focus on well-being to ensure happy and healthy living, students will be spoilt for choice. Facilities include a 24-hour concierge, a central courtyard, study spaces, an auditorium/cinema, a karaoke TV room, a games room, laundry, lounges, dining rooms, and a gym & basketball court.

The main source of transport will be the 162 cycles provided within a secure double-stacked system, with the potential for 80 more adjacent to the existing cycle highway.

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Words by Stephen Giles; images from Corstorphine+Wright.

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12 Oct 2022 - Stephen Giles
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Lockside Wharf, October 2022 Update

Lockside Wharf is a bespoke canal-side development of 61 high-end one to three-bedroom apartments and duplexes, blending old-world with new.

Located on Scotland Street, Lockside Wharf is progressing beautifully, as seen in our update.

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Lockside Wharf, October 2022 Update





Lockside Wharf is a bespoke canal-side development of 61 high-end one to three-bedroom apartments and duplexes, blending old-world with new.

Located on Scotland Street, Lockside Wharf is progressing beautifully, as seen in our update.


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Already sold out, the project involves the preservation, refurbishment and extension of ‘Scotland Works’, a significant Victorian workshop dating back to 1889, into 16 new homes providing a reclaimed aesthetic.

Maximising its footprint, steelwork is now taking shape on the former car park site that will offer a further 45 contemporary living spaces and balconies within a new six storey building, one that complements the existing Victorian architecture.

Once it completes in Q2/3 2023, Lockside Wharf will offer an intimate and high quality rental community within an accessible and desirable location.

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