Popular
ItsYourBuild

Construction with Community

ItsyourBuild/Birmingham is a community devoted to social value, creating a space where community and business can together make a positive social impact.

Launch date: June 2019
Combined FreeTimePays following: 101K


Community sponsors:

Construction & regeneration
30 Aug 2019 - Stephen Giles
News & Updates

Past, present and future of 5 Centenary Square, Birmingham

The history and future of this build in a prime location in Birmingham is fascinating. Stephen pulls it all together in this fascinating post.

Related

Past, present and future of 5 Centenary Square, Birmingham





The history and future of this build in a prime location in Birmingham is fascinating. Stephen pulls it all together in this fascinating post.


Birmingham continues to move forward as one of the country’s most successful business destinations, and with developments such at Arena Central, Centenary Square and Chamberlain Square it's easy to see why.

Latest to hit the development scene is 5 Centenary Square..

Boasting floorplates totalling 225,086 sq ft of office space over nine floors, 5 Centenary Square will also include a seventh floor external terrace overlooking the newly transformed Centenary Square.

The development is being brought forward by Make Architects and Arena Central Developments LLP - otherwise known as Kier Property, who recently purchased AC from Miller Developments.

With Centenary Square undergoing a staggering transformation, the Midland Metro Tram close to running through, and with all the major cultural attractions closeby, 5 Centenary Square represents a prime location for any potential occupier(s).

2014 SCHEME

Planning consent was actually granted for this very building (then known as 1 Arena Central) at eight storeys tall. 

However, it was put on hold, with the rest of Arena Central being built up. Now it''s back, amended and firmly back on the agenda, as I'll point out below.

THE BUILDING

Make no mistake, Arena Central and its plethora of new buildings are causing a bit of a stir. The designs are bold and “out there”.

The beauty of architecture is that there's no wrong opinion. You'll either love it, or you'll absolutely loathe it.

5 Centenary Square will complete the line of frontages facing onto Centenary Square and will become a gateway into Arena Central, with Hyatt Hotel and Alpha Tower bookmarking the site on opposite sides.

With an elegant curve and a bold precast pattern, it's been designed to imitate and respect its grand old Portland Stone neighbours next door and across the square, whilst adding its own modern interpretation to proceedings.

The curve has been designed to draw people into the development and onto the landscaped ‘Serpentine’ pedestrian route.

The route will zig-zag its way through the development, finishing up on Holliday Street, but not before linking up with The Terrace & Bank Court - new public plazas yet to come, as well as secondary pedestrian routes, as seen below.

DESIGN & FACADE

As you can see, the cladding is simple, yet effective.

Inspiration has been taken from Bridget Riley - a fine art artist. See her 'Movement in Square' piece here, and her other works here.

Her specialty is creating illusions that make flat surfaces appear rippled or curved.

Applying that to this building emphasises the curve, whilst strengthening the overall form of the building.

There are a range of options for the precast concrete panels. Final shades are yet to be confirmed. Greater Birmingham Developments will be sure to keep everyone up to date on any changes.

CAR & CYCLE ACCESS

Vehicular access to the building is available via Bridge Street, as is the case with HSBC UK. Cars will enter and exit via the shared ramp.

A total of 68 parking spaces are to be provided at basement level, alongside charging points for electric vehicles.

Cycle storage is located on the lower ground floor, with access from the Bridge Street pavement. These will include cycle racks, showers and locker facilities.

LIGHTING SCHEME

With Centenary Square lighting up the area beautifully nowadays, this building won't be awash with light.

It'll be a case of less is more and just highlighting its best features.

The ground floor recessed entrance, as you can see in the picture above, will be uplit, providing a safe and welcoming presence.

Looking upwards, you'll notice that the balcony around the curved corner will too be illuminated, with fittings mounted on the inside face of the cladding panels.

As for the internal lights on the office floorplates. These will be switched on or off depending on the tenants’ hours of operation.

CHANGES FROM THE 2014 SCHEME

We've got an additional floor, which is being dictated by market confidence and interest from potential occupiers, impressed no doubt by the city’s ability at signing up HMRC and HSBC UK, next door.

Other changes have seen the commercial unit on the ground floor facing onto Centenary Square omitted, following feedback from these "potential" occupiers.

Active frontages will dominate though, albeit in the form of staff cafés, meeting suites or office space. The fire-fighting entrance, cycle entrance and parking exit have also been changed to improve the overall aesthetic of the building.

MORE PICTURES OF 5 CENTENARY SQUARE:

All pictures in this article are artists impression from Make Architects

Share  Connect with us
30 passion points
Construction & regeneration
29 Aug 2019 - Daniel Sturley
Gallery

The Construction of Two Chamberlain Square - August 2019

Here is the latest gallery of photos of Two Chamberlain Square which is externally completed and the fit out is commencing.

Related

The Construction of Two Chamberlain Square - August 2019





Here is the latest gallery of photos of Two Chamberlain Square which is externally completed and the fit out is commencing.


Photos by Daniel Sturley

Share  Connect with us
90 passion points
Construction & regeneration
29 Aug 2019 - Daniel Sturley
Gallery

The Construction of Bank Tower Two - August 2019

The new strip lights on the top of Bank Tower Two were shining a lovely turquoise for a couple of days. Here are some more shots as well as some of the tower reflecting the sunset and a coulple taken from Digbeth.

Related

The Construction of Bank Tower Two - August 2019





The new strip lights on the top of Bank Tower Two were shining a lovely turquoise for a couple of days. Here are some more shots as well as some of the tower reflecting the sunset and a coulple taken from Digbeth.


Photos by Daniel Sturley

Share  Connect with us
70 passion points
Construction & regeneration
29 Aug 2019 - Daniel Sturley
Gallery

The Construction of 103 Colmore Row - August 2019

Here's the latest construction photo gallery for 103 Colmore Row, this tower core is rising so fast!

Related

The Construction of 103 Colmore Row - August 2019





Here's the latest construction photo gallery for 103 Colmore Row, this tower core is rising so fast!


Photos by Daniel Sturley

Share  Connect with us
60 passion points
Construction & regeneration
29 Aug 2019 - Daniel Sturley
Gallery

PwC Change and Engagement Team Interior Inspection - August 28th 2019

PwC's Change and Engagement Team with Chair Matthew Hammond made an interior inspection of the progress at their new headquarters One Chamberlain Square. Daniel was invited along to get some photos and had an opportunity to take some brand new viewpoints of the city through the windows. 

Related

PwC Change and Engagement Team Interior Inspection - August 28th 2019





PwC's Change and Engagement Team with Chair Matthew Hammond made an interior inspection of the progress at their new headquarters One Chamberlain Square. Daniel was invited along to get some photos and had an opportunity to take some brand new viewpoints of the city through the windows. 


Photos by Daniel Sturley

Share  Connect with us
90 passion points

Top Contributors

Daniel Sturley
ItsYourBuild points: 16K
Combined FreeTimePays points: 41K
FreeTimePays
ItsYourBuild points: 2177
Combined FreeTimePays points: 20K
Stephen Giles
ItsYourBuild points: 1555
Combined FreeTimePays points: 7350
Elliott Brown
ItsYourBuild points: 385
Combined FreeTimePays points: 32K
Tom Grunt
ItsYourBuild points: 180
Combined FreeTimePays points: 1730

Show more