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17 Jul 2020 - Daniel Sturley
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The Construction of 103 Colmore Row - July 2020

103 Colmore Row is so close to structural completion now with one of the last beams being installed on 17th July. Here are various views of 103 Colmore Row in July 2020. Did you know that it is in direct line of sight of Castle Bromwich Hall? Ellliott has returned to the City Centre for the first time in over 100 days of lockdown and has got some close up views while in town. 

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The Construction of 103 Colmore Row - July 2020





103 Colmore Row is so close to structural completion now with one of the last beams being installed on 17th July. Here are various views of 103 Colmore Row in July 2020. Did you know that it is in direct line of sight of Castle Bromwich Hall? Ellliott has returned to the City Centre for the first time in over 100 days of lockdown and has got some close up views while in town. 


 

 

10th July 2020 from Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens

103 Colmore Row can be seen directly down the hill from Castle Bromwich Hall.

There is also a field on Colebridge Way in Castle Bromwich which had this view (below).

13th July 2020 from Cathedral Square and Colmore Row

My first time back in the City in over 100 plus days of lockdown.

14th July 2020 (Bastille Day in the France) - From Centenary Way with Big Brum.

Liberté, égalité, fraternité , Vive la France. BM & AG is still closed for the foreseeable future.

16th July 2020 from Colmore Square

The square unusually quiet at lunchtime, with most office workers yet to go back to work. Colmore Gate was looking taller than 103 Colmore Row here. Just the odd person on a bicycle.

Photos above by Elliott Brown.

 

17th July 2020

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Photos by Daniel Sturley

Don't forget that there are many more photos of this build in the full 103 Colmore Row Gallery

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14 Jul 2020 - Stephen Giles
News & Updates

New Digbeth Residential Project: 176-183 Moseley Street

A new 131-bed apartment scheme in Digbeth goes to Planning Committee later this week - and it's recommended for approval. This is 176-183 Moseley Street.

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New Digbeth Residential Project: 176-183 Moseley Street





A new 131-bed apartment scheme in Digbeth goes to Planning Committee later this week - and it's recommended for approval. This is 176-183 Moseley Street.


176-183 MOSELEY STREET

Recommendation: Approval subject to a S106 agreement

Brought forward by Euro Property Investments, 176-183 Moseley Street is a PRS (Private Rental Scheme) development of 131 one, two and duplex apartments in the ever-evolving Digbeth district of Birmingham.

Positioned at the junction of Moseley Street and Alcester Street, the development will see demolition of a rundown industrial site before a part 6, part 7 storey new build can commence.

The development encompasses the emerging Rea Valley Urban Quarter (more below) and will be set around a landscaped internal courtyard, with apartments boasting balconies and open terraces.

Birmingham Interactive Development Map

Yeme Architects have designed this contemporary apartment block, with the project framed to maximise the potential of the site by aiding much-needed regeneration.

The mix of apartments will deliver a total of 66 one and 65 two & duplex bedroom units; with the proposal meeting a wide range of housing needs through the addition of larger duplex units, and a range of sizes for the one and two bedroom apartments. 

The new development will repair the damage caused by the current crop of buildings by redefining the street and bringing a much needed visual benefit to the area.

The massing will been subdivided into distinct blocks to help reduce its scale on adjacent streets. It'll wrap entirely around the footprint of the site, allowing for a communal courtyard facility, with balcony space; each unit will have some element of private outdoor space, be it balcony or terrace.

Given the proximity to the Eastside-leg of the Midland Metro Tram - set to kick off in 2021, provision has been made for 188 secure cycle spaces and just 19 vehicles. Both will be situated on the lower ground floor, accessed via Moseley Street.

Two pedestrian access points will be included - the first from Moseley Street via steps, and the second from Alcester Street, where access to the inner courtyard will be provided. Lifts will serve all floor levels.

Interestingly, Birmingham City Council's Transportation Department have requested a S278 agreement requesting a new footway crossing and a redundant one reinstated prior to development being occupied.

AFFORDABILITY

The developer has explained that their return would not be sufficient to support 35% affordable housing, and one that would make the development unviable.

Nevertheless, 13 Low Cost Home Ownership dwellings (8 one & 5 two bed) will be available at 80% of market value – providing a minimum of 10% on site affordable housing.

FIRST UP: DEMOLITION

The existing site contains poor quality buildings and a large forecourt ruled by car parking.

Small wholesale, manufacturing and retail businesses currently operate from these units. Plans will result in the loss/relocation of 6 businesses - a loss of circa.20 jobs.

REA VALLEY URBAN QUARTER 

The Rea Valley Urban Quarter SPD encompasses the front part of this site, and offers a once-in-a-lifetime prospect for the City.

But what is it? 

It's an aspiration that seeks to create a linear park/green leafy space spanning the length of Moseley Street, eventually linking up with the future Smithfield redevelopment & Highgate Park.

It will attempt to eradicate vehicular traffic other than for access to properties along Moseley Street and endorse increased footfall along the route.

The River Rea is a notoriously under-utilised asset in the city and one with the potential to act as a major catalyst for high-quality regeneration schemes.

Aspirations include opening-up the river bank to create an exceptional public space with sustainable new residential and commercial developments either side.

And this is where 176-183 Moseley Street comes in. Due to the location, the design response from Yeme has seen the building set-back to incorporate greenery and, together with balcony spaces facing the street, reflects the future ambitions for the creation of a green and active street.

You can read the draft document here: https://www.birminghambeheard.org.uk/economy/rea-valley-spd/

176-183 Moseley Street goes to Planning Committee on July 16th 2020.

Words by Stephen Giles with artists Impressions from Yeme Architects.

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14 Jul 2020 - Stephen Giles
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Gun Quarter Projects: The Crown Works

If the Jewellery Quarter is the cool-kid, then the Gun Quarter is the dark sheep of the city. We take a look at the latest development to hit the Gun Quarter: The Crown Works. Recommended for approval on July 16th.

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Gun Quarter Projects: The Crown Works





If the Jewellery Quarter is the cool-kid, then the Gun Quarter is the dark sheep of the city. We take a look at the latest development to hit the Gun Quarter: The Crown Works. Recommended for approval on July 16th.


'THE CROWN WORKS'

Recommendation: Approval

Brought forward by Czero Developments, The Crown Works is a BTR (Build to Rent) development of 203 one, two and three bedroom apartments and penthouses designed for modern city living, in an up and coming area of Birmingham.

Historically, the Gun Quarter (aka St. George & St. Chad) was at the heart of the world’s gun-manufacturing industry, and whilst it still creates, nowadays the area is changing in character and density, with new industrial style apartments and student digs.

Located on an unkempt stretch of Hanley Street/Lower Loveday Street, The Crown Works will deliver a sustainable new community that enhances the historic nature of the area, by providing a total of 91 one, 99 two and 13 three bedroom apartments - all exclusively for rent.

20 (10%) of the units are to be provided for low cost market rent at a 20% discount of market rent - comprising of 9 one bed & 11 two bedroom apartments. 

Birmingham Interactive Development Map

The development will range from 4-8 storeys tall and will comprise of shared landscaped gardens, public and private roof terraces, co-working spaces and two flexible ground floor commercial units.

It has been designed by London-based Claridge Architects – the architectural practice behind Timber Yard and Soho Loop.

Their design is contextual and has been formulated to offer a modern, enhanced interpretation of the area.

VIEWS: Looking up Summer Lane

All residents will have undiluted access to the facilities on offer, including: co-working space; an exercise studio; dining & meeting rooms; 970 sq.m of landscaped shared amenity space & a 290 sq.m landscaped roof garden.

19% of the apartments will profit from private amenity space.

This is the site as we know it today:

Summer Lane: Google Street Maps

...and how it'll look;

The above model shows the Summer Lane frontage, as well as the stepped down approach on Lower Loveday Street to the right.

The lower element has been designed to sympathetically reduce the impact on the locally listed building next door on Lower Loveday Street.

VIEWS: Lower Loveday Street looking towards Summer Lane

Here we see the massing increasing from 4 to 6 floors, before the tallest element reaches 8 storeys facing onto Summer Lane. The colour palette will be predominantly red/ brown brick tones.

The below model showcases the Hanley Street block elevation; this is a distinct one in that it introduces pitched roof space, which breaks up the scale of the massing.

It’s been designed to provide a contemporary interpretation of the areas industrial grain.

The pitched building will feature green/grey stock brick. This will go a long way to complimenting the red brick tones of the adjacent block. Decorative glazed ceramic spandrel panels will adorn the upper floors.

QUICK GLANCE: FLOOR BY FLOOR

Lower ground floor:

The scheme provides two flexible commercial spaces, with uses set to be decided by user demand. Access into the site will be located on Summer Lane, but will come with secondary accesses on Hanley Street and Lower Loveday Street.

Vehicular parking will be accessed off Hanley Street, where 29 cars, including 4 accessible spaces and electric charging points will be offered. 2 car parking spaces will be allocated for car sharing schemes. In addition, the proposal provides space for 11 motorcycles.

204 cycle parking spaces, with workshop space, will be included, and these will be split into two enclosed cycle stores. 

Ground floor:

On the ground floor, residents are met with a double height reception lobby with concierge. Services here include a fitness studio, co-working and meeting/dining space, plus the landscaped courtyard.

Upper floors:

Floors 1-5 of The Crown Works are fundamentally alike, with a mix of one, two and three bedroom apartments.

Sixth floor: 

Here, the sixth floor offers duplex apartments and a fabulous array of private amenity space for those lucky enough to be occupying the upper floors. 

Roof terrace:

2017 ISSUES AND THE INTRODUCTION OF ‘CAZ’

The development site encompasses the Birmingham City Council 'Clean Air Zone', which aims to improve air quality through discouraging polluting vehicles from entering the City Centre. This will likely come into play across the city from 2021.

Back in 2017, Xian Developments came forward with an outline application for the site: this was withdrawn, before bursting back onto the scene with a full planning application - this was refused at committee for noise related issues, with objections from nearby companies.

Fast-forward to today and whilst there is a chance residents could complain about noise, it is worth noting that rooms are now located to the quieter courtyard side - making this application vastly different from the 2017 one.

The adjacent factory supplies parts to Jaguar Land Rover; they have now decided to relocate, thus potentially eliminating any obstacle. The factory will linger, however, but with no tenant.

‘CAZ’ is coming into effect: will companies want to pay £50 a day to drive a HGV into the City Centre?

The Crown Works goes to Planning Committee on July 16th at 11am.

Artists Impressions: Claridge Architects
 
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14 Jul 2020 - Daniel Sturley
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The Construction of the Mercian - July 2020 - Over Halfway Up!

The Mercian on Broad Street is over halfway up and the cladding has resumed installation, now visible from a distance, the 'shoulder' on the Tennant Street side is structurally complete. It looks like the crane extending mechanism is being installed too.

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The Construction of the Mercian - July 2020 - Over Halfway Up!





The Mercian on Broad Street is over halfway up and the cladding has resumed installation, now visible from a distance, the 'shoulder' on the Tennant Street side is structurally complete. It looks like the crane extending mechanism is being installed too.


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03 Jul 2020 - Stephen Giles
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The Construction of Snow Hill Wharf - June 2020

Update! Fab movement at Snow Hill Wharf - the Gun Quarter’s newest development that will bring a much needed 420 apartments to the area.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣

Superb images once more from Stephen and Reiss - two guys who have been following SHW from the start. For a full June update, with renders and info regarding the development - hit the link below.

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The Construction of Snow Hill Wharf - June 2020





Update! Fab movement at Snow Hill Wharf - the Gun Quarter’s newest development that will bring a much needed 420 apartments to the area.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣

Superb images once more from Stephen and Reiss - two guys who have been following SHW from the start. For a full June update, with renders and info regarding the development - hit the link below.


 
Artists Impression from GRID Architects/ Carey Jones Chapman Tolcher

There's been excellent progress on site since the site recommenced after lockdown. The main tower, which will rise to 21 storeys, is now presiding on its 11th floor.

Three of the four smaller blocks have now officially reached their full height and fabulous new feature roofs are being applied.

Brickwork also continues at a steady pace across the blocks.⁣

⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣LATEST IMAGES

Photos by Stephen Giles

June 17th:

Photos by Reiss Gordon-Henry

PLANS & RENDERS 

Brought forward by prominent developer, Berkeley Homes, Snow Hill Wharf will deliver five new buildings, with a 21-storey tower, comprising 420 one, two and three bedroom apartments; these will yield a total of 185 one, 215 two & 20 three bedrooms.

Snow Hill Wharf will facilitate three landscaped podium gardens and residents-only facilities, featuring a gymnasium, sauna, steam room, cinema and lounge. 143 car parking spaces are provided, including 5 EV, and space for 420 bicycles.

Artists Impressions from GRID Architects & Carey Jones Chapman Tolcher

Snow Hill Wharf is scheduled to complete in early 2022.

Words by Stephen Giles. Pictures by Stephen & Reiss Gordon-Henry

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