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27 Apr 2020 - FreeTimePays
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The Construction of 103 Colmore Row - March & April (2020) update

An average of 17 glass panels a day will be fitted onto this new, 26-storey, Birmingham landmark. This update shows the progress made on site in March and April, with the structural steelwork superstructure continuing its upward rise, closely followed by the beautiful glazing facade. Already a new Birmingham Gem!

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The Construction of 103 Colmore Row - March & April (2020) update





An average of 17 glass panels a day will be fitted onto this new, 26-storey, Birmingham landmark. This update shows the progress made on site in March and April, with the structural steelwork superstructure continuing its upward rise, closely followed by the beautiful glazing facade. Already a new Birmingham Gem!


Gallery of 103 Colmore Row photography by Daniel Sturley, one of the People with Passion at It's Your Build and Birmingham We Are.

Photography taken during April 2020

Photography taken during March 2020

Photos by Daniel Sturley

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20 Apr 2020 - Stephen Giles
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Major Redevelopment Plans Revealed For Digbeth Bus Garage

Up to 2,120 new homes could be constructed in a rundown area of Digbeth area as part of a major mixed-use scheme. Follow the post for unseen renderings and in-depth plans for the first plot coming forward: 'Metalworks' 

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Major Redevelopment Plans Revealed For Digbeth Bus Garage





Up to 2,120 new homes could be constructed in a rundown area of Digbeth area as part of a major mixed-use scheme. Follow the post for unseen renderings and in-depth plans for the first plot coming forward: 'Metalworks' 


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A hybrid application for the redevelopment of Digbeth Bus Garage has arrived.

Brought forward by HUB Group, National Express & shedkm, the site is projected to deliver a minimum 1,250 residential apartments across six plots.

As many as 2,120 new homes could end up occupying the site, with early signs suggesting that the scheme could see up to 1,200+ market/BTR homes, up to 450 co-living homes, and up to 950 student accommodation.

Located on Adderley Street and Liverpool Street, the scheme comprises of two parcels of land. The northern parcel is currently occupied by National Express as a bus depot, with the southern parcel currently used as a car park,

The scheme has evolved in collaboration with Digbeth residents and its wider community with plans for a new community that brings together creative, industrial and residential uses to facilitate long-term growth, whilst reflecting the areas rich industrial heritage.

The new homes will be linked by more than two acres of brand new public realm, including 200 metres of canal frontage.

Plans involve the full detailed planning of Plot 1, including the phased demolition of existing buildings. Outline planning is also sought for future plots 2-6 and areas of public realm.

We will concentrate solely on Plot 1, whilst giving you an indicative outline of future building heights.

PLOT 1: METALWORKS

This includes the demolition of Pandora's, partial demolition of Digbeth Bus Garage and the wall on Liverpool Street. Large swathes of the existing wall are to be retained, arches intact, and integrated into Plot 1 and any future Plot 4 scheme, and used for commercial purposes.

Once complete, the first plot will involve a single build construction of a part 7, 12 and 15 storey building of 214 one, two and three bedroom homes. 

The residential mix will deliver 20 one bed (one person) apartments; 89 one bed (two person; 33 two bed (three person); 66 two bed (four person) & 6 three bed (five person) units; a percentage mix of 51% one, 46% two and 3% three.

The tallest element is located at the south-east corner of Adderley Street - rising to 15 floors, with the central area dropping down to 7 floors, before rising to 12 floors at the junction of Liverpool Street. The building will set the benchmark for further regeneration in the area.

In addition to the apartments, the development will include a communal first & landscaped seventh floor amenity garden, designed with the intention of planting trees and shrubs, with the objective of creating a healthy and wholly sustainable environment to live and work in.

1,375 sqm of active ground floor commercial frontages will also be incorporated into the scheme, offering a variety of uses along Liverpool Street and Adderley Street.

These commercial units are likely to house some of the following: a convenience food-store; retail; food and beverage units; offices; community/cultural uses; and/or leisure units. These will be subject to occupier demand.

DEMOLITION PROCESS

Once demolished the site boundary will instantly include two secondary routes: 'Liverpool Gully' and Upper Bowyer Street (below). These two will establish connections from Liverpool Street and Adderley Street, to canal-side.

Plot 1 will provide 28 car parking spaces; 4 accessible bays; 222 residential cycle spaces; six staff cycle spaces; and eight customer cycle parking spaces for the commercial aspect. The latter 14 commercial cycle spaces will be provided via seven Sheffield Cycle Stands.

Vehicular access will be from Liverpool Street leading to an internal ground floor car park that'll serve the building. Temporary parking will be allocated within Liverpool Gully as part of the first phase of the.

The development will give National Express the opportunity to relocate to new, purpose-built facilities as they move towards an all-electric fleet over the next 10 years.

INDICATIVE RENDER OF HOW THE SITE COULD LOOK

A widespread landscape scheme is proposed for Adderley Street including new tree planting, substantial pedestrian routes and cycle storage. The public realm here has been methodically designed to accommodate the future delivery of the Midland Metro Tram, as you can see in the indicative rendering of the buildings below.

The individual phases have also been added for clarity. The transparent buildings are Cole Waterhouse's 'Upper Trinity Street' project.

INDICATIVE HEIGHTS FOR THE SITE

The maximum heights for the individual plots sought in outline are set out below.

& HOW OTHER PLOTS COULD LOOK

PROJECT TEAM:
DEVELOPER: HUB Group
ARCHITECTS: shedkm/ Periscope Landscape 
QUANTITY SURVEYOR: Circle
STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: CWA Engineering
ENERGY: Couch Perry Wilkes (CPW)

Words by Stephen Giles; Artists Impressions from HUB Group & shedkm

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19 Apr 2020 - Stephen Giles
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MODA reveals new plans for Great Charles Street site.

It's the site we've all been waiting for!

Great Charles Street in the Jewellery Quarter is all set for a new lease of life with this exciting, new mixed-use redevelopment from MODA Living & Apache Capital Partners.

 

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MODA reveals new plans for Great Charles Street site.





It's the site we've all been waiting for!

Great Charles Street in the Jewellery Quarter is all set for a new lease of life with this exciting, new mixed-use redevelopment from MODA Living & Apache Capital Partners.

 


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MODA Living and Apache Capital Partners have revealed plans for their second Birmingham development, with a new mixed-use scheme at Great Charles Street.

Plans will see a mixed-use redevelopment of 722 ‘Built-to-Rent’ homes across three new-build blocks of 5-6, 6-16 and a 39-storey tower.

All apartments will be operated by MODA Living, with all units exclusively available for rent.

The site has been meticulously designed to relate positively to the Jewellery Quarter conservation area, whilst also acknowledging the emerging Colmore Business District (CBD).

The apartment mix will yield a total of 372 one; 315 two; and 35 three bedroom apartments, in a range of types and sizes. These comprise of 159 one bed (one person) apartments; 213 one bed (two person); 315 two bed (four person); 27 three bed (five person); and 8 three bed (six person) units.

Block A (39 storeys) will deliver 366 apartments; Block B (6-16 storeys) will cater for 236; and Block C, fronting onto Lionel Street, will consist of 120 units.

HEALTHY LIVING & WIDE RANGING AMENITIES

MODA actively promote healthy, socially connected living for all of their residents, with an abundance of state-of-the-art amenities on offer across all of their developments, and this one is absolutely no different.

Great Charles Street will provide a rich array of amenities, with residents’ lounges; health and wellbeing facilities; cinema rooms; open-air rooftop terraces; landscaped private and public gardens with newly planted trees; 24/7 concierge; and flexible workspaces.

The set-back 39-storey tower will also incorporate an amenity area at the foot of the building, as well as on the 16th floor - with the massing of the building punctuated with this space. 

With a top notch design to boot, MODA have arguably raised the bar for amenities, and indeed design, in Birmingham, with other developers in the city playing catch up.

ACTIVE COMMERCIAL FRONTAGES

This is pivotal. The intention is to create a vibrant, active site that not only complements its surroundings, but enhances the current hustle and bustle of the area. The aim is to turn this site into a go-to destination with public-friendly frontages with an eclectic range of uses.

All units will be located on the lower and upper ground floors of the sites perimeter, with talks already underway with potential clients for a wide range of uses.

Numerous boutique bars, retail units and/or independent cafés and restaurants could well set up shop here. Other uses may include health and wellbeing, workspace and leisure units. Only time will tell.

THE BUILDS

Birmingham City Council Planning Officers have long pushed for a well designed landmark tall building to be strategically positioned at the corner of Great Charles Street & Livery Street, as per the framework documents of the Big City Plan (2011) and Snow Hill Masterplan (2015).

The massing of the 6-16 storey building largely helps ingratiate the tower into the development, without being too excessive to the surrounding area.

MODA even opened negotiations for a 55-storey to be placed here, however, that was deemed a tad too too big for the area.

So lets take a brief look at how the site has been set up.

Lionel Street (Block C) has been designed to complement and reflect the fabric of the Jewellery Quarter, with its proportions, fenestration and brickwork.

Again, predominately along Ludgate Hill, we see a transition taking place, with the sympathetically designed builds at the back soon making way for a stepped up approach as you head towards Great Charles Street Queensway; this is to support the relationship of the emerging Snow Hill District, mentioned earlier.

ACCESS & PARKING

Access into the development will be fluid, with locations earmarked for the corners of Ludgate Hill/ Lionel Street and Great Charles Street/ Livery Street.

It’s here where the sites reception facilities and MODA staff will be. They'll provide access to all homes and residents’ amenity areas (including workspaces, cinema rooms, gym). 

The development replaces a 200+ car park and, given the sustainable location of the site, with tram, train and bus links on the sites doorstep, Great Charles Street will provide 44 car parking spaces; 4 accessible bays & 4 EV (Electric vehicle charging points).

4 motorcycle bays and a total of 464 secure cycle storage are provided too, with provision for more if needed. These will be situated next to the sites dedicated cycle hub, just off Lionel Street.

Subject to planning consent, MODA hope to be on site in 2021.

PROJECT TEAM:
Developer: MODA Living
Partners: Apache Capital Partners
Architects: Ryder Architecture/ Oobe Landscape
Project Manager: RPS Group
Structural Engineer: WSP
MEP Engineer: Tate Consulting
Quantity Surveyor: Arcadis


Words by Stephen Giles; Artists Impressions from Ryder Architecture & Oobe Landscape

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16 Apr 2020 - Elliott Brown
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The Cube from the last year of construction in 2009 till it was completed in 2010

I only started taking photos around Birmingham in 2009, so didn't get my first close up photos of The Cube until the summer of 2009. On and off I got the odd photo update. Then in 2010 when it was getting close to completion I took more photos of it. The Lovely People statues were installed by the end of 2010. This year The Cube is getting close to it's 10th anniversary.

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The Cube from the last year of construction in 2009 till it was completed in 2010





I only started taking photos around Birmingham in 2009, so didn't get my first close up photos of The Cube until the summer of 2009. On and off I got the odd photo update. Then in 2010 when it was getting close to completion I took more photos of it. The Lovely People statues were installed by the end of 2010. This year The Cube is getting close to it's 10th anniversary.


The Cube

The Cube was built between 2007 and 2010. The architect was Ken Shuttleworth of Make Architects. It should have been completed by 2008 but got delayed until 2010. Located near The Mailbox alongside the Worcester & Birmingham Canal on Commercial Street and near Washington Wharf.

 

2009

Indirect views of the construction of The Cube taken during April 2009 from Gas Street Basin. These are crops of the original photos. So you have the bridge near the Tap & Spile.

The narrowboats at Worcester Bar, and the buildings behind were derelict.

Views from June 2009. From the Worcester & Birmingham Canal towards the Salvage Turn Bridge.

Towards The Mailbox.

From The Mailbox.

The view from Brindleyplace along Oozells Street from Oozells Square (beyond Broad Street and down Berkley Street).

In October 2009 from Digbeth, The Cube on the Skyline behind The Sentinels, and to the left of the Beetham Tower and Centre City Tower. The Custard Factory (Devonshire House) is to the right.

December 2009 at The Mailbox (I was there for a work Christmas Party). Nightshots. Cladding of The Cube almost done apart from the Crown.

Views of The Cube down Bridge Street. Cladding on the side facing Premier Inn was not quite done.

Buildings on the left on the Arena Central site would not be demolished until 2015. Was an old hospital (I think).

2010

Heading to February 2010, this view was between Baskerville House and the site of the Library of Birmingham. Cladding around The Cube looked done, but the Crown still hadn't had glass panels installed. The old Municipal Bank below.

From Cambridge Street past the Library of Birmingham site. This end of The REP was going to be demolished before the library was built. Could see The Cube to the left. If you stand here today, you will not be able to See The Cube (unless you go up to the Discovery Terrace or Secret Garden).

A few more views of The Cube from Bridge Street with a Victorian style lamppost. Looks like a gas lit one (but probably has light bulbs).

May 2010 and they had finally put up the glass panels on the Crown of The Cube. Views from The Mailbox.

The Highways Agency would become one of the first tenants at The Cube.

This view over the future Arena Central site behind Centenary Plaza. This was a view from Centenary Square near the Hall of Memory.

June 2010 and my first views of The Cube now more or less complete from Highgate Park and on the skyline with The Sentinels and Beetham Tower.

Views from Bristol Street. Buildings that were on Holloway Head. So not far from Holloway Circus.

July 2010 and some more views of The Cube from The Mailbox.

The Cube from Gas Street Basin, now complete.

December 2010 and my first interior photos of The Cube. Mainly to see the Lovely People statues.

The Lovely People by Temper.

Urban

Positioned as though welcoming guests to The Cube, ‘Urban’ represents the difficulties of facing of adversity, as well as the triumphs of overcoming these to create a better life.
Inspiration: Lee Fortnam, who faced troubles throughout his early life, but with the help of The Prince’s Trust went on to begin a successful career as a Corgi registered gas and plumbing engineer – later becoming an ambassador for the charity.

Mother & Child

The only pair of figures within the collection, ‘Mother and Child’ can be found on Level 7, sharing the unparalleled bond between a mother and her children.
Inspiration: Ellie-Mae, who was born in with a hole in her heart, and Rachel, who had no choice but to leave her daughter in the capable hands of the staff at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

Uplifted

Suspended high within the atrium, ‘Uplifted’ tells the story of bravery and self-sacrifice of those who help people in need. The sculpture was designed to show a person holding on to the balloon preparing for life’s ride.
Inspiration: Firefighter Dave Burns of the West Midlands Fire Service who, in 1992, entered a 20-storey building to rescue two colleagues from a floor engulfed in flames. Burns was later awarded the George Medal by Queen Elizabeth II.

Working Man

Found on Level 5, ‘The Working Man’ is sat on a bench reading a newspaper, representative of people who work to provide for their family and put a roof over their head.
Inspiration: Birmingham-born Barry O’Neil who turned the notion of ‘nine-to-five’ into something much more heroic. Having worked for some of the West Midlands greatest manufacturers, including JCB and MG Rover, O’Neil proved there is no pursuit more honest or dignified.

Persuit

Tucked within the office spaces on Level 8 you’ll find ‘Pursuit’, representing Birmingham’s entrepreneurial heritage and the legacy it holds to this day.
Inspiration: Paul Bassi, businessman and first Asian president of the Chamber of Commerce, recognised for his contribution to business and the economy, as well as his selflessness.

Survivor

An addition to Level 6, ‘Survivor’ reflects the perseverance and bravery of people when faced with times of crisis.
Inspiration: Holocaust survivor, Gerda Cavangh, who escaped Vienna, trekked across Europe and arrived in England as a stowaway. Born into a Jewish family in Austria, Cavangh’s mother encouraged her to flee the country. Once in England, she worked as a medical orderly in the Auxiliary Territorial Services, receiving two service medals for her work.

I've taken more views of The Cube since then from 2011 until earlier in 2020 on and off, but will leave those photos for another post maybe.

 

Photos taken by Elliott Brown.

Follow me on Twitter here ellrbrown. Now at 1,110 followers. Thank you.

Birmingham We Are People with Passion award winner 2020

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12 Apr 2020 - Stephen Giles
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JQ PROJECTS: Ambitious plans revealed for 51 Northwood Street/ Mary Street

ICYMI: A big mixed-use redevelopment scheme in the Jewellery Quarter was revealed this week. For a quick lowdown on 51 Northwood Street, click 'View Full Post' below.

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JQ PROJECTS: Ambitious plans revealed for 51 Northwood Street/ Mary Street





ICYMI: A big mixed-use redevelopment scheme in the Jewellery Quarter was revealed this week. For a quick lowdown on 51 Northwood Street, click 'View Full Post' below.


The biggest application of the week saw exciting plans unveiled for a new mixed-use redevelopment at the heart of the Jewellery Quarter.

The development, bounded by Mary Street and Northwood Street, has been brought forward by the sites owner - Digital Emartbuy Ltd, with ambitious new plans comprising of residential and commercial, in a group of three and four storey new builds.

Site plan: Birmingham Interactive Development Map

To make this a reality, Digital Emartbuy’s premises - a two-storey office and warehouse on the corner of Northwood Street and Mary Street, will need to be demolished (see below).Northwood Street

Mary Street

The street will then be transformed with 1,229sqm of flexible commercial usages, with as many as 20 small to medium-sized businesses, employing over 200 people.

A range of uses could see retail, offices, restaurant(s), and a health centre, all occupying the site.

From a residential standpoint, the development will deliver 27 one and two bedroom apartments; all available for open market sale, comprising 6 one beds (22%), and 21 two bedroom apartments (78%), which also includes duplexes. 

These dwellings will be delivered in various sizes ranging from 50.9 sqm to 96 sqm apartments, catering for 2, 3 and 4 persons, with all builds arranged around a central courtyard amenity space, as shown below.

"The proposed development replaces buildings detrimental to the Conservation Area with a high quality development that will enhance the area, increase the quantity and type of commercial accommodation on site, offer new employment opportunities and provide new residential dwellings in a sustainable location."Planning Statement.

Given the sites sustainable location at the heart of the Jewellery Quarter, the development will be car free, with secure and enclosed cycle storage provided for residents and workers instead.

THE RENDERS IN FULL

 

PROJECT TEAM
CLIENT: Digital Emartbuy Ltd
ARCHITECTS: D5 Architects
QUANTITY SURVEYOR: BACE Construction Consultants

Words by Stephen Giles; Artists impressions from D5 Architects.

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