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Stephen Giles Construction & regeneration
21 Oct 2020 - Stephen Giles
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OCTAGON: A WORLD FIRST ON THE BIRMINGHAM SKYLINE

Plans have arrived for the world's tallest pure octagonal residential tower - right here in Birmingham!

Located at Paradise, this new unique landmark build-to-rent tower will rise to 49-storeys tall (155m). 
 

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OCTAGON: A WORLD FIRST ON THE BIRMINGHAM SKYLINE





Plans have arrived for the world's tallest pure octagonal residential tower - right here in Birmingham!

Located at Paradise, this new unique landmark build-to-rent tower will rise to 49-storeys tall (155m). 
 


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The Octagon will deliver 346 spacious new petal-shaped homes (57sqm-117sqm), with up to eight to a floor getting their own uninterrupted panoramic views of the city.

The mix will provide 170 one, 168 two and 8 three-bed units. with a number of affordable apartments also available for rent.

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Communal spaces and resident amenities will be prominently situated at the entrance of the building, with uses set to feature a café/deli, reception area, gymnasium, wellness hub, co-working space, cycle hub, storage areas, and lounges.

Crucially, the new vibrant space will open up to a landscaped courtyard within Paradise - ultimately driving footfall through the evolving redevelopment.

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PUREST FORM - A WORLD'S FIRST

Designed by Birmingham-based architects, Glenn Howells, with landscaping coming from global landscaping firm, Grant Associates, Octagon will feature eight equal facades - delivering the purest octagonal form, with the building's frame punctuated by large 10.5m horizontal windows opening up apartments to panoramic views of the city. 

With Council House, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery (BMAG), and the Grade-II listed, Alpha Tower, all in close proximity, the exterior has been designed to give off a warm tone to reflect its historic surroundings.

The project is being brought forward through Paradise Circus Limited Partnership (PCLP), a private-public joint venture with Birmingham City Council. Argent is development manager, with private sector funding managed by Federated Hermes.

BEST OF THE REST

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Octagon will be brought forward independently of all the other phases, but it is still considered part of Phase 2 within the masterplan. 

Demolition of 77 Paradise Circus Queensway will commence in 2021 followed by construction. Works are anticipated to take three years, with a 2024 completion date.

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Words by Stephen Giles, with renderings from Glenn Howells Architects & Paradise Birmingham.

PROJECT TEAM

Client: Argent
Architect: Glenn Howells Architects
Landscape Architect Grant Associates
Project Manager & Quantity Surveyor: Quantem
Planning Consultant: Turley
Structural Engineer: Arup
Mechanical & Electrical: Arup
Civil Engineer: Arup
Acoustic Engineer: Arup
Fire Engineer: Arup
Facade Consultant: Wintech Group
Lighting Consultant: Spiers And Major
 
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Stephen Giles Construction & regeneration
15 Oct 2020 - Stephen Giles
News & Updates

The Square: New Revised Plans Set For Approval

NEW revised designs have gone in for The Square, Broad Street - it's also recommended for approval on October 22nd.

440 apartments will be constructed within two adjoined builds of 35 (110.85m) and 6 storeys. A standalone hotel building will also be incorporated - providing 229 rooms over 8 storeys. 

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The Square: New Revised Plans Set For Approval





NEW revised designs have gone in for The Square, Broad Street - it's also recommended for approval on October 22nd.

440 apartments will be constructed within two adjoined builds of 35 (110.85m) and 6 storeys. A standalone hotel building will also be incorporated - providing 229 rooms over 8 storeys. 


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The Square will be introduced into the emerging Broad Street cluster and will offer a new yardstick for community living in the city.

It's being brought forward by 2020 Living Ltd, a vehicle used by Taylor Grange Developments, and has been designed by Corstorphine + Wright.

LATEST DESIGNS & PLANS

These latest plans, which are now set for approval, will see the demolition of a site deemed unsuitable for commercial tenants and the construction of a 35 storey tower with 6 storey shoulder & one storey podium - all containing 440 rented apartments, plant, storage, reception, communal amenities and cycle parking.

A standalone, 229-bed, 8 storey, 3* mid-market hotel building (white building below) will be built too, located on Grosvenor Street West, delivering flexible commercial ground floor commercial (dining & bar) and private external space.

The revised design will deliver a clean and robust tower using a simple palette that will soon offer something different for Broad Street.

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AMENITIES

A multitude of uses will be on offer here as part of the rented package, with secure unprecedented access to top-of-the-range internal and external amenity offerings.

Both residential builds will be adjoined via a shared podium; amenities will feature a 200m running track within the courtyard, wellbeing facilities, gym & café space, cinema/party room, dining and lounge areas, a crèche, plus work and meeting spaces.

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The inner courtyard will provide external green space offering different zones to either work or play.

It will become a place to encourage wellbeing and healthy activity, whether through exercise regimes or just a place to chill out and relax in the outdoor seating areas.

Additional external spaces will be provided within at the top of the 35-storey, in the form of a tenants club; the space with also feature a transparent facade providing subtle lighting.

The hotel will include flexible ground floor commercial and will most likely contain bar/ restaurant space. A clear through route will be created that’ll link into the courtyard for shared amenities between residents and guests. 

AFFORDABILITY

The scheme is liable for a CIL payment of circa. £2.179m for the residential element and 225K for the hotel.

In addition to that, an independently accessed viability statement has concluded that a total of 4 apartments (1%) is the most the scheme can sustain without impacting on the viability and deliverability of the scheme. These will be provided at 80% of market rent.

PARKING

The site is on the doorstep of the West Midlands Metro Tram. For that reason alone, four EV (electric vehicle) bays will be provided on site. 

168 cycle spaces will be accessible within the tower together with a dedicated cycle workshop. Hotel users will also be allocated additional space.

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Plans are recommended for approval on Thursday October 22nd, at 11am.

Words by Stephen Giles, with artists impressions from Corstorphine+Wright.

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Stephen Giles Construction & regeneration
08 Oct 2020 - Stephen Giles
News & Updates

JQ PROJECTS: 37-42 Tenby Street Approved

A prominent area within the Industrial Middle of the Jewellery Quarter has today been given the go-ahead to be redeveloped after plans were formally approved 6-5 at Planning Committee today (October 8th 2020).

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JQ PROJECTS: 37-42 Tenby Street Approved





A prominent area within the Industrial Middle of the Jewellery Quarter has today been given the go-ahead to be redeveloped after plans were formally approved 6-5 at Planning Committee today (October 8th 2020).


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37-42 Tenby Street, a development from Rainier Developments & BDP Architects, is home to one of the most distinguished Jewellery Quarter businesses remaining today: Charles Green and Son.

Plans will now see the plot redeveloped with the erection of a new 4-storey build erected containing 37 apartments, commercial units and crucially, modern new premises for the company.

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Designed to give the appearance of three slightly different linked buildings to the site frontages, the tallest element will be situated on the corner block at the junction of Tenby Street and Albion Street, where the building will be the full 4-storeys tall, plus mezzanine, with pitched roof.

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NEW MODERN PREMISES FOR CHARLES GREEN AND SON

With a history dating back to 1824, Charles Green and Son have come to the conscious conclusion that their current premises are too big for operations, and are no longer fit for modern manufacturing and business practices.

The granting of redevelopment ultimately safeguards their long-term future, whilst confirming one of Birmingham's long-term businesses stays for many years to come. They will lease their new premises on reduced rent for a minimum of 15 years.

Fronting Tenby Street, the plot will extend the full depth of the land in the form of a shopping wing. A range of workshops, production space and storage facilities will be delivered alongside first floor offices in a part mezzanine area. 

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On the street frontage there will be a reception, open plan office space, boardroom, kitchen, four workshop spaces, and a history and gallery space.

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With approval secured prior to a Section 106 agreement, the development will see the replacement unit for Charles Green & Son completed first prior to the residential aspect.

RESIDENTIAL & COMMERCIAL USAGES

Next door will see 2,154 sqm of residential floorspace created, delivering one, two and duplex apartments, in a range of 15 one (41sqm- 45sqm), 18 two (61sqm- 66sqm) and 4 duplex (87- 103 sqm) apartments; with two ground floor commercial units (one for Charles Green), and one on the corner facing onto Tenby Street and Albion Street - as seen below.

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5% has been allocated for low cost market dwellings – provided at 20% discount. 

First, second and third floors will provide one & two bed apartments, with skylight and dormer windows on the upper floors. Duplexes are offered on the ground floor, each with their own individual entrance facing onto Tenby Street, as well as one on Albion Street.

They also contain mezzanine levels. At the rear a small courtyard area will be accessed from Albion Street.

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TRANSPORT

Ground floor facing the courtyard will facilitate double-tiered cycle storage for 48 spaces as well as bin storage and plant.

No car parking is provided, although the Charles Green vehicle access point has been designed to feasibly accommodate a small van.

CONCLUSION

Despite concerns on the effect the overall scheme would have on its settings, it was agreed that the benefits outweigh the harm identified. 

Refusing the application would have left the poorly designed building in the JQ for many more years to come, with the possibility of Charles Green & Son even folding, or potentially move elsewhere.

However, a planning balance was struck and plans are free to proceed with conditions in place. Approved 6-5.

Words by Stephen Giles, with artists impressions from BDP Architects

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Stephen Giles Construction & regeneration
07 Oct 2020 - Stephen Giles
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APPROVED: Birmingham Hippodrome

A major overhaul of Birmingham’s famous Hippodrome theatre has been given full approval.

Works on the theatre will now see major refurbishment and extension works to the Hurst Street façade, along with upgraded foyer and public spaces.

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APPROVED: Birmingham Hippodrome





A major overhaul of Birmingham’s famous Hippodrome theatre has been given full approval.

Works on the theatre will now see major refurbishment and extension works to the Hurst Street façade, along with upgraded foyer and public spaces.


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Planned to start in 2021, the makeover will introduce a broader, more audience focused cultural affair that will inspire public use throughout the day. The theatre will also feature improved pedestrian accessibility around Hippodrome Square, which will include a new secondary entrance on Inge Street.

New food and beverage offerings will be provided at street level - with outdoor seating & retractable awning, as well as a restaurant on the third floor, with the rest of the building including open-air terrace space, small-scale performance spaces, teaching and educational facilities. 

A state-of-the-art digital media screen will be prominently located directly above the main entrance, increasing the theatre’s presence and advertising its diverse programme.

FLOOR BY FLOOR:

Ground: New food and beverage offerings;

First: Dedicated rehearsal space;

Second: Two designated performance spaces & exhibition room;

Third: Restaurant, rehearsal and external balcony space;

Four: Admin, new rehearsal space and provision for a bar.

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Words by Stephen Giles, with artists impressions from the architect, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris.

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05 Oct 2020 - Stephen Giles
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JQ PROJECTS: Exciting Plans For 51 Northwood Street Set For Approval

These ambitious redevelopment plans for 51 Northwood Street - right at the heart of the Jewellery Quarter, have been recommended for approval on October 8, with the area set to be turned into a new mixed-use destination.

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JQ PROJECTS: Exciting Plans For 51 Northwood Street Set For Approval





These ambitious redevelopment plans for 51 Northwood Street - right at the heart of the Jewellery Quarter, have been recommended for approval on October 8, with the area set to be turned into a new mixed-use destination.


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Brought forward by the sites owner - Digital Emartbuy Ltd, and designed by D5 Architects, the Mary Street and Northwood Street site will see ambitious new plans comprising residential and commercial - all in a group of well-designed, three and four storey new builds.

51 Northwood Street will replace poorly-designed builds harmful to the Conservation Area with a high-quality scheme that will not only enrich the area, but will increase the amount and type of commercial offerings on site, whilst also providing residential apartments in a sustainable location.

MIXED-USE DESTINATION

27 one and two bedroom apartments will be created, alongside 1,229 sqm of flexible active ground floor commercial usages across the entire site, with as many as 20 small to medium-sized businesses set to transform the site - employing over 200 people.

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Subject to a completed Section 106 agreement, the scheme will provide 6 commercial units at 80% of market value (358.7 sqm), something that will help with the sustainability of the Jewellery Quarter as an area seeking to retain and nurture businesses.

Uses could well include retail, offices, restaurant(s), and/or a health centre/clinic. 39% of the development will be commercially-led – with the rest set for residential.

Given the location at the very heart of the Jewellery Quarter, the project is a car free affair, with secure and enclosed cycle storage for 34 provided for residents and workers instead.

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RESIDENTIAL & AMENITIES

All 27 one and two bedroom apartments will be made available for open market sale - comprising 6 one beds (22%), and 21 two bedroom units (78%). 

These dwellings will be provided in various sizes ranging from 50.9 sqm to 96 sqm apartments, catering for two, three and four persons; with all new builds set around a central courtyard amenity space, which will be created for residents and, in equal measure, to the occupiers of the commercial units.

Duplexes will also be created, and they'll have access to private terraces.

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REINSTATEMENT OF BUILDING FRONTAGES

To make these ambitious plans a reality, Digital Emartbuy’s premises - a poorly designed two-storey office and warehouse (below) will be demolished before construction can commence.

Redevelopment will then set about repairing and reinstating building frontages back onto the plot.

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The dormer building above will be fully commercial.

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These exciting plans go to Planning Committee on October 8th, at 11am, with approval recommended. Watch this space!

Words by Stephen, with artists impressions the property of D5 Architects.

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