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15 May 2020 - Elliott Brown
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The Library of Birmingham and Baskerville House from 2010 to 2019

The view of the construction of the Library of Birmingham next to Baskerville House from 2010 to 2013. Then some other views in the years until 2019. Watch the cores of the Library rise, then the golden cladding then all the circles. Was even a view from where the Edward VII statue was installed.

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The Library of Birmingham and Baskerville House from 2010 to 2019





The view of the construction of the Library of Birmingham next to Baskerville House from 2010 to 2013. Then some other views in the years until 2019. Watch the cores of the Library rise, then the golden cladding then all the circles. Was even a view from where the Edward VII statue was installed.


Previous Library of Birmingham posts here:

Views of the Library of Birmingham next to Baskerville House. Construction from 2010 to 2013. Opened from September 2013. Views until the end of 2019.

2010

November 2010: views from the bridge on Centenary Way. The restored King Edward VII statue had just been installed in Centenary Square.

December 2010: slighty hazzy conditions at the end of the year.

2011

March 2011: A few more floors had gone up on the Library, up to about Level 3 or 4.

October 2011: The main body of the Library had reached the future home of the Shakespeare Memorial Room, while cladding had gone up to Level 3 or 4.

A perspective of the Library construction with Baskerville House from behind the statue of King Edward VII. Which had been in this spot for almost a year at this point.

December 2011: The rest of the golden cladding and windows goes up to Level 8. And the structure forms around the cylinder at the top where the Shakespeare Memorial Room and Skyline Viewpoint would be on Level 9. Cladding from Level 2 down to the ground floor was complete.

2012

November 2012: Only got a view from near the Alpha Tower towards the Library of Birmingham, Baskerville House and the Hall of Memory. From where I was would one day be part of the Arena Central development site.

2013

January 2013: A few days into the New Year and was these hoardings in front of Baskerville House. Cladding on the Library was complete.

The snow fall from the middle of January 2013. Can hardly see the Hyatt, while snow surrounds the Hall of Memory.

The snow was falling as I went past Baskerville House.

April 2013: From the bridge on Centenary Way. Compare to my earlier views from 2010 and 2011. From here the Library looked complete but wouldn't open for another 5 months. Flower beds were on the bridge over Paradise Circus Queensway.

August 2013: Near the end of the month, the hoards had gone, and the gardens opened up.

This landscaping would only last until about 2017 before Centenary Square was redeveloped again.

Broad Street panoramic including the Library of Birmingham, Baskerville House and Hall of Memory. Hanging flower pots in the middle. This is all now gone for Library Tram Stop.

September 2013: A few days after the Library had opened to the public for the first time, there was long queues as far as Baskerville House. I waited a couple of weeks more before going in for the first time.

I went into the Library of Birmingham for the first couple of times near the end of September 2013. Was still a lot of people around, but the queues were as long as when it first opened.

2014

November 2014: The Library of Birmingham had been open for 14 months and there was some scaffolding up on Baskerville House for some restoration work on the stonework. Poppies up for the annual remembrance commemorations.

2015

May 2015: A long queue on a Saturday morning at 11am to get into of the Library of Birmingham. Just two more years for this paving and the grass before Centenary Square was redeveloped again. Baskerville House shining brightly in the sunshine.

2017

December 2017: Nightshots for when the Library of Birmingham was lit up in all the colours of the rainbow when Birmingham was officially announced as the Host City of the Commonwealth Games 2022. Baskerville House lit up in bright white light. As was the Hall of Memory. Redevelopment of Centenary Square had started by this point.

2018

December 2018: Views of the Library of Birmingham from Bridge Street near the site of 5 Centenary Square at Arena Central (to date it hasn't been built). Formerly called 1 Arena Central. From here you could also see the BT Tower.

2019

December 2019: My last photos of the Library of Birmingham with Baskerville House were taken from Paradise Street, just beyond Town Hall Tram Stop. At the time Ice Skate Birmingham was in Centenary Square. Arena Central with the Alpha Tower and HSBC UK at 1 Centenary Square to the left.

West Midlands Metro trams can now go past the Library of Birmingham. The extension to Centenary Square opened in December 2019.

For more tram photos in December 2019 at Town Hall Tram Stop see this post: West Midlands Metro tram in and out of Town Hall Tram Stop on the last weekend of the Birmingham FCM (December 2019).

 

Photos taken by Elliott Brown.

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07 May 2020 - Stephen Giles
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PLANNING DECISIONS: 7th May 2020

Here's the lowdown on the BIG planning applications that were decided on this afternoon (May 7th), which included the rejuvenation of a Jewellery Quarter site, and a 178-bed student scheme.

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PLANNING DECISIONS: 7th May 2020





Here's the lowdown on the BIG planning applications that were decided on this afternoon (May 7th), which included the rejuvenation of a Jewellery Quarter site, and a 178-bed student scheme.


These are the main developments going to Planning Committee on May 7th 2020. 

(APPROVED) RESI: Heaton House Lofts, Camden Street, Jewellery Quarter.
(You can read more regarding Heaton House >here<
(APPROVED) STUDENT: 8 Selly Hill Road, Selly Oak.
(APPROVED) FAITH: Harborne - Manresa House, 10 Albert Road.
(APPROVED) LIDL Store, Hamstead, Former GKN Site Land at Old Walsall Road.
(APPROVED) MIXED-USE: Hockley - Community Vocational College.
(APPROVED) RESI: Minworth - Hansons Bridge Road.
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DECISIONS:
 
STUDENT: 8 Selly Hill Road, Selly Oak
(Madison Construction LtdD5 Architects)
Application: 2019/09000/PA
Decision: Approved 8-4.
 
 

The site has today been approved (7/05/2020) and will now see demolition of the existing Selly Oak ex-servicemen's club, as well as 133 Dawlish Road, and the construction of a 178-bed student-led redevelopment.

The new build will vary from three-storeys to five, comprising of 6-10 bed clusters and studios, with shared lounges and kitchens.

A 3-storey frontage will take precedence on Selly Hill Road, however, due to the levels across the site, this will see two lower ground levels. The scheme will see two rear wings which will then drop down to 3 storeys in height at the rear.

To the rear, to go with the bin store & cycle storage, a landscaped communal amenity space is provided, as well as a communal lounge that will open out onto the amenity space. A cinema/games room and gym are also included in the scheme.

Artists Impressions from D5 Architects

FAITH: Harborne - Manresa House, 10 Albert Road

Application: 2020/00222/PA
Decision: Approved 10-0
 
 

Manresa House is a series of connected existing buildings set within large garden spaces to both front and rear. 

The building is owned by the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) and functions as the provincial novitiate for the UK. A novitiate is where novices, or trainees, spend the first two years of their training period, where it can last over 10 years to become brothers or priests within the Society of Jesus. 



The redevelopment, now approved, aims to improve the functionality and accessibility of the site by way of demolition of modern extensions and the subsequent erection of two new 'wing' extensions to provide residential, religious and admin facilities.

A villa dating back to the 1840's will be retained and refurbished.

A total of 24 bedrooms (12 en-suite) will be provided, comprising of 18 bedrooms situated within the two-storey northern wing (12 novice bedrooms & 6 senior bedrooms, including one accessible), along with 7 bedrooms (6 guest beds and one accessible room) located in the southern wing.

Provided within these extensions include a new chapel, a new and improved library, support spaces, meeting rooms, kitchen, dining and laundry facilities. Buildings to be demolished include a 1980's Library building, plus residential wings

Parking provision on the site has not been altered and remains as is, however, it has been moved from the north end of the front garden to the south side.

Artists Impressions from OMI Architects

LIDL Store, Hamstead, Former GKN Site Land at Old Walsall Road

Application: 2019/08290/PA
Decision: Approved 11-0
 

Artists Impressions from Whittam Cox Architects

Construction of a single storey Lidl foodstore on a vacant area of land, sited to the eastern side of Old Walsall Road.

A total of 152 car parking spaces are included here, including 8 disabled bays and 9 parent and child spaces. A provisional 10 cycle storage racks are also provided.

MIXED-USE: Hockley - Community Vocational College, Former Muhammad Ali Centre

Decision: Approved 10-0
 
 

The site will now see demolition of an existing fire damaged building and the erection of a 300-space Community Vocational College for 14-25 year olds.

The development will focus on empowering local people with skills in the hospitality, health and social care and business sectors, providing employment placement opportunities by engaging them with local businesses.

Students between the ages of 14 to 29 will attend for both short and longer term courses, in some cases as part of apprenticeship arrangements with local businesses.

In close relation to the community vocational college an ‘enterprise employment hub’ (exhibition and meetings area) and 7 enterprise units will also be erected within the site and will be available on short-term leases.

On-site accommodation above the enterprise employment hub and units will provide 52 one and 11 two bedroom flats (63 bedrooms in total) targeted at older current students and graduates.

A central open square will act as a communal focus. 30 on-site car parking spaces will be provided when the site is not required for events.

The community sports building, the Muhammad Centre, is due for demolition. The building was the subject of a fire in 2002 and has remained derelict ever since.

Artists Impressions from Hodson Architects

RESI: Minworth - Hansons Bridge Road

Decision: Approved 10-0
 
 
Outline application with all matters reserved for the redevelopment of a brownfield land with the erection of 20 residential dwellings.

The site is set to deliver 8 one bedroom apartments; 6 two bedroom and 6 three bedroom houses. All units (100%) will be affordable housing; providing 7 for shared ownership & 13 for rent. 35 car parking spaces are to be included.
Indicative site layout from BM3 Architects
 
The next Planning Committee hearing will take place on May 21st 2020.
 
Words by Stephen Giles.
Artists Impressions from: BM3 Architects/ D5 Architects/ Hodson Architects/ Whittam Cox Architects & OMI Architects.

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06 May 2020 - Stephen Giles
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The Construction of The Mercian - May 2020

Work is well underway on the facade installation, and it's looking good! The core has now reached level 15, with the 14-storey shoulder very close to topping out, with all floors edging upwards on a daily basis and showing its impressive bulk!

Another superb picture update from Daniel, Reiss and our legion of passionate contributors.

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The Construction of The Mercian - May 2020





Work is well underway on the facade installation, and it's looking good! The core has now reached level 15, with the 14-storey shoulder very close to topping out, with all floors edging upwards on a daily basis and showing its impressive bulk!

Another superb picture update from Daniel, Reiss and our legion of passionate contributors.


May 4th: Moda Timelapse Webcam

The big news this month is of course, the installation of the facade. Interestingly, the side facade on the shoulder element (facing camera) will see all solid panels; this is to avoid overlooking onto the upcoming 211 Broad Street slender skyscraper development - which can be viewed here

Enjoy this late March to present day update from Daniel and Reiss, with positive contributions from others. 

LATEST: May 3rd & 4th

John Gilbert

Photos by Reiss Gordon-Henry

29th April:

Photos by Daniel Sturley

27th April:

Photos by Reiss Gordon-Henry

April 23rd:

SteveOC

April 20th:

April 17th:

April 12th:

April 12th:

April 9th:

April 8th:

April 7th:

April 4th:

March 26th:

March 20th:

Photos by Daniel Sturley; Many more photos in the Full Gallery

PROJECT OVERVIEW: THE MERCIAN
The Mercian is a 42-storey (132m) skyscraper at the heart of Broad Street, in Birmingham. The building comprises of a 3-storey podium space, with a 200-metre running track, 35,000 sq ft of retail and leisure space and 30,000 sq ft of other communal facilities. On top of the podium are two cores - one for a 39-storey tower, with the other seeing a 14-storey shoulder - totaling 481 one, two and three bedroom apartments, all exclusively for rent.
 
PROJECT TEAM:
DEVELOPMENT PARTNERS: Moda Living/ Apache Capital
FUNDING: Harrison Street/ NFU Mutual/ Goldman Sachs
ARCHITECTS: Glenn Howells Architects/ Oobe Landscape
INTERIORS: Naomi Cleaver
PRINCIPAL CONTRACTOR: John Sisk & Son

PLANNING CONSULTANT: Turley Planning
 

Artists Impression from Glenn Howells Architects

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06 May 2020 - Stephen Giles
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JQ PROJECTS: Heaton House Lofts, Camden Street

Heaton House Lofts includes the rejuvenation of a neglected site in the Jewellery Quarter. Featuring new builds apartments, townhouses and commercial uses, the jewel in the crown is a 19th Century villa from 1795 - Heaton House. 

Plans will see it restored, converted and made the crowning centrepiece of this exciting new development.

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JQ PROJECTS: Heaton House Lofts, Camden Street





Heaton House Lofts includes the rejuvenation of a neglected site in the Jewellery Quarter. Featuring new builds apartments, townhouses and commercial uses, the jewel in the crown is a 19th Century villa from 1795 - Heaton House. 

Plans will see it restored, converted and made the crowning centrepiece of this exciting new development.


ONE of the most eagerly anticipated developments of the year goes to Planning Committee on Thursday (May 7) with the developer seeking to transform a neglected 19th Century Jewellery Quarter site.

Heaton House Lofts, on Camden Street and Powell Street, is being brought forward by Elevate Property Group, with ambitious plans to transform the site by way of demolition, conversion and the erection of four new builds; delivering 42 apartments, 14 townhouses and 3,500 sq ft of commercial space.

Elevate are seeking to breath new life into the site, having owned the site for two-and-a-half-years now, and having gone through a rigorous application process. D5 Architects have designed the scheme.

UNEARTHED 19TH CENTURY GEM

The development will unearth and revive a true hidden gem within the site: 1795-built Heaton House, with plans to restore the Georgian villa into a four-bedroom (3,362 sq ft) dwelling house, with its own garden, rooftop terrace and garage.

The villa was once a middle-class dwelling house in the 19th century, before being swallowed up by the industrialisation of the Jewellery Quarter. All original features on the house will be reinstated, with only modern additions being removed.

The building will undergo sensitive cleaning and repair works to its brickwork; installation of a new slate roof; repairing/recreating the original stone; installation of new windows; and the installation of a new portico entrance & staircase - as you can see below.

Directly around Heaton House, the hardscaping here represents the footprint design of the original landscape the villa once sat in - a nice gentle nod to the past; these can be seen on historical maps of the site.

Heaton House will soon become the centrepiece of the new development, with all new contemporary builds strategically formed around the villa.

SITE PLAN WITH NEW BUILDS

The site will be thoroughly demolished before work can commence here.

Plans will see the construction of four new builds; three of which will be residential builds located on Camden Street (Block A, B & C); one commercial building (Block D) on Powell Street; with Block C and D seeing three-storey rear wings that enclose the site boundaries.

Stephen Giles: Birmingham Interactive Development Map

The residential mix of accommodation will comprise of 20 one bed (one person apartment); 10 one bed (two person apartment); 12 two bed apartments; 12 three bedroom townhouses; 2 four bedroom townhouses; and Heaton House will provide 1 four bedroom villa. 6 (10%) apartments are to be provided as low cost units with a 25% discount on market sale values.

All builds facing out onto their respective streets will reach four storeys tall.

Block D will be a commercial build with ground floor residents entrance lobby and access to the commercial spaces on the upper three floors. Uses here are expected to see offices or leisure/gym use. Residents will be free to be walk through and out onto the internal courtyard to the three-storey winged townhouses and parking/cycle areas.

On Camden Street, two of the blocks will rise to five storeys as you venture into the site; by virtue of accommodation proposed within the pitched roofs.

Given the gradient of the street, the Camden Street frontage naturally steps down before the builds are interjected by the main entrance; thus ensuring Heaton House gets the last laugh with a new prominent frontage.

A cycle store of 57 will be provided within Block B, with vehicular access provided under Block A, where a courtyard space will cater for 15 cars.

SUBTLE NOD: The gates here are in the original position as they were in the 19th century. 

THREE-STOREY WINGS

These three-storey wings will be subdivided to provide 14 townhouses, with the intention of enclosing the western and southern site boundaries.

The periphery of the site will include amenity spaces in the form of courtyard spaces of various sizes, and the incorporation of private terraces to the rear of said dwellings.

DEMOLITION 

Before all this can materialise however, the site will need to be demolished. 

Today, the site is bringing down the tone of the Conservation Area; sitting forlornly, occupied by vacant un-listed two and three storey industrial builds, with many in a poor state of no return.

Objections to these demolitions have been raised by The Victorian Society, Historic England and Jewellery Quarter Development Trust (JQDT), who all share the same concerns: the loss of the back-to-back housing and the original Coach House to Heaton House. 

SITE: Back to Backs, Camden Street, Google Street View

Elevate - a company who have sensitively renovated many historic build over the years, pointed out that these buildings have been left to deteriorate over the years, whilst interiorly, they have been stripped back and altered so much, that no original character remains.

SITE: Camden Street, Google Street View

'BENEFITS OF REDEVELOPMENT OUTWEIGH THEIR LOSS'

The Conservation officer accepts their loss by admitting that the conditions of these builds were too far gone, with the back-to-backs the only one offering any modicum of significance; albeit medium, but admitted that it would be difficult to implement them into the scheme.

SITE: Summer Hill Road, Google Street View

SITE: Powell Street, Google Street View

Heaton House Lofts has been recommended for APPROVAL.

Words by Stephen Giles
Artists Impressions are the property of Elevate Property Group/ D5 Architects.
 
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03 May 2020 - Stephen Giles
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Big Projects Approved During Covid-19

The world is pretty much running in slow motion at the moment but this isn't stopping the applications.

A number of monumental developments have been approved recently, including the mammoth Curzon Street Station HS2, and the 51-storey ONE Eastside development, and that's not all.

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Big Projects Approved During Covid-19





The world is pretty much running in slow motion at the moment but this isn't stopping the applications.

A number of monumental developments have been approved recently, including the mammoth Curzon Street Station HS2, and the 51-storey ONE Eastside development, and that's not all.


Updated: May 2nd: BIG Birmingham developments that have been formally approved in the last month during Covid-19.  

HS2 Curzon Street Station & Public Realm.
RESI: 51fl: ONE Eastside - James Watt Queensway, Coleshill Street.
11fl OFFICES: Enterprise Wharf - Innovation Birmingham Campus
OFFICES: 5 St. Phillip's Place, Refurbishment
OFFICES: Regency Wharf, Rum Runner Works - Gas Street Basin.
RESI: Digbeth One 2 - Bradford Street, Lombard Street, Cheapside.
RESI: Branston Court - Branston Street, Jewellery Quarter.
OFFICES: 53 Regent Place - Jewellery Quarter.
OFFICES: Sapcote's Yard - Rear of 89 -95 Camden Street, JQ.
OFFICES: Interchange Place - 151-165 Edmund Street.
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HS2 Curzon Street Station & Public Realm
Station: 2020/00602/PA
Public Realm: 2020/00601/PA2020/00610/PA

The applications were formally rubber-stamped by Birmingham City Council's Planning Committee on April 23rd 2020. We were the first to break the news, as seen here.

Curzon Street HS2 will now connect up with London Euston via Birmingham Interchange and Old Oak Common (West London).

The station will soon become the first intercity terminus built in Britain since the 19th century; it will also become the ’most environmentally friendly railway station in the world’.

The new station will provide a world-class gateway into the ever-evolving Birmingham City Centre. 

The station has been designed to provide fluid access across the site, with a new landscaped public realm space; a Midland Metro Tram stop; ample cycling provision; office space; lifts; and taxi pick up/drop off points all within the site.

The new station itself will deliver 7 new platforms; a western & eastern concourse; a plethora of retail provision; and a beautifully designed signature roof that harks back to traditional train station architecture.

Station Square and Paternoster Place will become a generous public space that will be used as a destination and a meeting space; offering public transport, pedestrian routes and cycling links into the heart of Digbeth and beyond.

The new square will also feature the new 'Station Clock' sculpture from Turner Prize-winning Susan Philipsz - as seen here.

Lets not forget the old Curzon Street building either! It'll be at the forefront of the new development, with enhanced connectively linking it from the new eastern concourse at New Canal Street. The old station will soon become a cafe and office space.

Artists Impressions from Grimshaw Architects

WHAT NEXT?

We're not expecting station construction to commence in Birmingham until 2021 at the very earliest, but we are expecting HS2 Ltd to appoint contractors for both Curzon Street & Interchange HS2 Stations later in the year.

51fl ONE Eastside
Full Planning: 2020/00602/PA
 
Artists Impression from Glancy Nicholls Architects

Approved: 10-1 on April 23rd 2020. Update: S106 Agreement Signed on 30th April.

Approved on the 5th of December 2019, it went back to Committee on April 23rd as Historic England's comments were belatedly received. Although they never formally objected to the principle of development, they did raise concerns about the way in which the impact on heritage assets was assessed.

So, back to committee it went. Their comments were officially noted and Committee went with their previous resolution for the application: 10-1 in favour of approval.

The site will now see two residential builds of 51 (155.1m) and 15 storeys (51m) comprising of 667 one and two bedroom apartments alongside a host of residential amenity spaces, including: 24/7 pavilion gym, cafe, residents lounge, cinema, games rooms, rooftop bar, sky lounge & terraces.

The scheme will provide 357 one bed (54%) and 310 two bed (46%) apartments, of which 527 are to be accommodated in Tower A (51fl) and 140 in Tower B (15fl).

A 2-3 storey pavilion will be situated in the western corner of the site facing James Watt Queensway and will provide a gateway entrance & a community gym facility for residents - all available to use 24/7. 132 covered cycle spaces for bikes will be available.

Here's to seeing One Eastside get underway before 2020 is up.

11fl OFFICES: Enterprise Wharf - Innovation Birmingham Campus
Full Planning: 2019/10607/PA
 

Bruntwood owns the largest portfolio of science and technology assets in the UK, including Innovation Birmingham campus. Its joint venture with L&G, has set itself the target of adding 5m sq ft of science and technology space in UK cities in the next 10 years.

The site will see the expansion of Innovation Birmingham Campus, with a new build 11-storey, 120,000 sq ft office development.

The building will provide ten commercial floors of circa 12,000 sq ft, each divisible into four that would be ideal to accommodate larger companies. The primary target customers for the building are digital technology companies in the technology/ media/ telecom sector.

Ground floor will accommodate arrival & reception space, with back office, business lounges and shower/ changing facilities. Vehicular access will be provided for 195 to the rear of iCentrum, which will also provide access to five disabled spaces and a cycle store for 60 bikes. 

Artists Impressions from Associated Architects
 
OFFICES: 5 St . Phillip's Place, Refurbishment
 
Application: 2020/01287/PA
 
The site: Clay Street Property Consultants
 
* Refurbishment works are limited to the offices only and do not include the banking and retail units fronting Colmore Row.
 
Works here will see thorough external and internal refurbishments, with the creation of a first floor terrace (82 sqm) and a rooftop amenity terrace; an increase of 850mm in size, with glazed balustrade providing outdoor amenity space for staff (265 sqm).
 
Steps, ramps, railings and the buildings entrance canopy will be removed, with new fully accessible level access, and the installation of new doors. The building will also see a recladding of the roof plant enclosure to metal mesh or similar, as seen here:

Other internal works will see an enlarged double height reception, replacement of all M&E installations, with new cores and lifts, plus the inclusion of showers and changing room facilities.

Artists Impressions from 5plus Architects


OFFICES: Regency Wharf (South Block) - Rum Runner Works
Full Planning: 2019/09452/PA

Picton won planning consent this month for the conversion and extension of the Gas Street Basin elevation of Regency Wharf. The build will see a change of use from restaurant/cafe use to 1864 sqm of open-plan office space. 

With the casual dining market seeing a great deal of change, even before Covid-19, Picton have addressed this impact by proposing a scheme that they believe will help see the area making a positive contribution again.

Work will now see internal and external refurbishment works and the construction of a two-storey extension, including the creation of a new double height glazed entrance; a timber deck open-air terrace; raised floors; LED lighting; air conditioning; showers; new 24-hour access; multiple private roof terraces; and a central courtyard for events.

Digbeth One 2: Bradford Street/ Lombard Street/ Cheapside
Full Planning: 2019/07304/PA

This site was under construction before ESRG Developments fell into administration. St. Modwen picked up the pieces and immediately set about improving the scheme.

Firstly, they amended the colour palette from a blue brick to a traditional red, and plonked on an additional 24 apartments, which included the omission of a commercial unit, but adding a new dimension to the project: A new rooftop extension with Juliet balconies.

The site will now deliver 194 apartments in a mix of ranges and sizes that will comprise 14 studios; 129 one;, 50 two; and 1 three bedroom apartment.

Two gym areas will be openly available for residents, with ground floor courtyard for some units, and private communal amenities in the form of roof terraces available for those on the upper floors. 36 car parking spaces are provided (inc 2 disabled). Two secure cycle stores are incorporated, providing one space per unit, totalling 194 spaces (100% provision).


 

53 Regent Place, Jewellery Quarter
Full Planning: 2020/00542/PA

Google Street View

This is BSAC's UK HQ (British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy). The three-storey, Grade II listed HQ office has recently been given the go-ahead to undergo internal and external refurbishment works.

Works will see the demolition of partitions, with new wheelchair access, raised ground floor area, new furniture, electrical fittings and new black framed partitions.

Break out spaces will be provided, with communal tables, kitchen with bar, library, and an outdoor amenity area. New meeting and waiting rooms, quiet rooms, built-in screens, storage lockers, reception desk, toilets, a moss wall and a washroom will all be facilitated into newly upgraded surroundings.

Externally, the building will undergo window repairs and will also see the installation of a new ventilation system.

Sapcote Yard, Rear of 89 -95 Camden Street, Jewellery Quarter
Full Planning: 2018/06214/PA
 

The application has been amended since originally submitted to exclude a larger part of the courtyard space and site frontage to Camden Street where 12 town houses and an apartment were proposed. These are now subject to further pre application discussions. We'll share the information once we have it.

This recently approved application, however, will see the retention and refurbishment of three existing Victorian buildings, demolition of a one-storey garage block, with the construction of a replacement three-storey office block, as seen above.

The three builds set for refurbishment are vacant late Victorian two-storey structures which were used as offices and storage. These are of traditional brick build with pitched roofs and still have their original features.

All modern alterations are to be removed. Brilliant news!

Branston Court, Branston Street, Jewellery Quarter
Permitted Development Changes: 2020/01898/PA
 

The development will see 29 new residential units formed by the conversion of two existing buildings; Block 1 and Block 2: Branston Court. 15 car parking spaces and 30 cycle parking spaces will be provided.

OFFICES: Interchange Place - 151-165 Edmund Street
Full Planning: 2020/01509/PA

Interchange Place received planning consent for the remodelling of the buildings entrance.

Recladding works to the lower level of the building facade to Edmund and part of Livery Street will soon get underway.

The current entrance to the existing office will be re-clad and the pass door relocated. The brick slip cladding located on either side of the existing entrance will be removed and replaced with glazing.

A new entrance will be created at the Livery Street elevation with new internally illuminated spandrel panels above the entrance. The facade will be enhanced with new PPC metal work elements and new glazing.

Words by Stephen Giles
Artists Impressions from: Glancy Nicholls Architects/ Associated Architects/ 5plus Architects/  Child Graddon Lewis Architects/Lawray Architects/ The Space* Studio/ St. Paul's Associates/ Hutchison Kivotos Architects

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