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Stephen Giles Construction & regeneration
30 Mar 2021 - Stephen Giles
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OCTAGON: Amendments to World's Tallest Octagonal Skyscraper

Octagon is the world's tallest pure octagonal residential tower - and it's set to dominate the Birmingham skyline!

Newly refined plans have gone in for this unique new skyscraper earmarked for Paradise - on the back of feedback from prospective contractors & investors. 

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OCTAGON: Amendments to World's Tallest Octagonal Skyscraper





Octagon is the world's tallest pure octagonal residential tower - and it's set to dominate the Birmingham skyline!

Newly refined plans have gone in for this unique new skyscraper earmarked for Paradise - on the back of feedback from prospective contractors & investors. 


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Soaring to 49 storeys tall (155m/ 510ft), this unique landmark build-to-rent skyscraper will set a new barometer for healthy, sustainable and quality new homes for the city.

Bouncing on to the scene in October 2020, Octagon is back with several key design & engineering refinements, following dialogue with planning officers, prospective contractors, and investors - one of which is said to be in advanced talks with Argent.

These amendments have resulted in Octagon becoming a much clearer building arrangement, driven by function & user requirements.

KEY REFINEMENTS

  1. Removal of plant space at level 1 & 27-28, alongside a reduction in plant space at the very top of the building. 
  2. ​The residential mix now aligns with prospective requirements from investors.
  3. Revised building entrances & a clear delineation between retail & amenity.

1: The removal of plant space has come following talks with prospective contractors.

An additional 24 apartments have replaced these spaces - further increasing the deliverability of the project. Octagon now provides 370 apartments.

All units, which range from 51.3-115sqm, all comfortably exceed the minimum National Space Standards & are still, by some distance, the largest in the city.

2: The prominent site is seen as an unparalleled opportunity at the ‘premium’ end of the market and is highly likely to appeal to single households and couples.

For that reason, all one-bed (one person) units have been scrapped in favour of a higher proportion of one-bedroom (two person) apartments.

The full mix comprises 218 one (two persons), 144 two (four persons), and 8 three-bedroom (6 person) premium apartments. 30 apartments (8.1%) will be allocated for affordable private rent.

3: Design development and feedback from investors’ has resulted in changes to the entrances and ground floor areas. The key changes will see:

  1. A new retail entrance off Great Charles Street;
  2. Grand residents’ entrance from Paradise Circus Queensway;
  3. Increased amenity floorspace & reconfigurations of both lower & upper ground floors;
  4. Dedicated cycle access provided off Paradise Circus;
  5. Taxi & drop-off access likely within a drop off bay on Great Charles Street.

These bustling new spaces will add vitality and life to the frontages.

A mixture of gym space, wellbeing hub, cycle store, resident's lounge & storage space will be provided; as well as a reception area and cafe space.

The updated plans will now go to public consultation, ending on April 12th.

UPDATED RENDERINGS OF OCTAGON, BIRMINGHAM

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& HOW IT LOOKED BEFORE THE CHANGES:

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All images the property of Glenn Howells Architects.

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Elliott Brown Modern Architecture
24 Mar 2021 - Elliott Brown
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Introducing the Orion Building

The Orion Building was built from 2004 until 2006. Located on John Bright Street, Navigation Street and Suffolk Street Queensway. It is 90 metres tall. There is a Sainsbury's Local on Navigation Street. The building is opposite The Mailbox and is visible from the flyover on Suffolk Street Queensway.

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Introducing the Orion Building





The Orion Building was built from 2004 until 2006. Located on John Bright Street, Navigation Street and Suffolk Street Queensway. It is 90 metres tall. There is a Sainsbury's Local on Navigation Street. The building is opposite The Mailbox and is visible from the flyover on Suffolk Street Queensway.


The Orion Building is usually seen in a pair with the Beetham Tower. Especially in the views up and down Suffolk Street Queensway. Built from 2004 to 2006, the architects was BBLB Architects.

Some history of the site. A building by Frederick W. Lloyd was built on John Bright Street in 1901. This was demolished in 2002. The facade of a hotel built from 1899 to 1900 by A. B. Phipson was retained when the Orion Building was built from 2003 to 2005.

Located on Navigation Street is a Sainsbury's Local. The Stable, a pizza and cider restaurant / bar opened on John Bright Street in late 2015 or early 2016. An Indian Restaurant later open nearby on Navigation Street by 2017 called Tamatanga.

 

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Photos above by Elliott Brown.

 

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Photos above by Daniel Sturley.

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Daniel Sturley Construction & regeneration
23 Mar 2021 - Daniel Sturley
News & Updates

The Construction of One Centenary Way - March 2021 Update Two

A lot is happening now at the site and the progress is fast! The building will be structurally all steel and the full girth of it can be seen from Centenary Square (the first photo in the main article). The outer perimeter structure is visable from all around the site and the central core structure is rising fast too with a maze of black girders appearing above the hordings.

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The Construction of One Centenary Way - March 2021 Update Two





A lot is happening now at the site and the progress is fast! The building will be structurally all steel and the full girth of it can be seen from Centenary Square (the first photo in the main article). The outer perimeter structure is visable from all around the site and the central core structure is rising fast too with a maze of black girders appearing above the hordings.


Construction of One Centenary Square in Birmingham

The following images have been taken during March 2021.

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All photography by Daniel Sturley

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Stephen Giles Construction & regeneration
16 Mar 2021 - Stephen Giles
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S&K Building, Digbeth - All The Renders

Alive and kicking! Amendments went in last month at S&K Building, Digbeth - an exciting canal-side redevelopment from Taylor Grange & Corstorphine+Wright.

For all the renderings and an overview of the updated project, follow the post.

 

 

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S&K Building, Digbeth - All The Renders





Alive and kicking! Amendments went in last month at S&K Building, Digbeth - an exciting canal-side redevelopment from Taylor Grange & Corstorphine+Wright.

For all the renderings and an overview of the updated project, follow the post.

 

 


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UNITS: 479 PRS (Private Rental Sector) 1-3 bed & duplex apartments.
IN FULL:
227 one (1-2 persons);
235 two (3-4 persons);
1 three (5 persons);
6 duplexes (5 two & 1 three-bed).
HEIGHTS: Between 6-7 and a 10 storey on the corner facing Bradford Street.
FEATURES: Ground floor commercial, courtyards & a new riverway public realm & terraces.

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S&K 2021:

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All images the property of Corstorphine+Wright

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Daniel Sturley Construction & regeneration
04 Mar 2021 - Daniel Sturley
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The Construction of One Centenary Way - March 2021 Update

One Centenary Way's black steel is now rising above the surrounding hordings. The huge space that is this corner of Paradise is rapidly filling up and the building will become a dominant sight from Centenary Square. Loads of photos in this early March construction photo update.

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The Construction of One Centenary Way - March 2021 Update





One Centenary Way's black steel is now rising above the surrounding hordings. The huge space that is this corner of Paradise is rapidly filling up and the building will become a dominant sight from Centenary Square. Loads of photos in this early March construction photo update.


2nd March 2021

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1st March 2021

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25th February 2021

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14th February 2021

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31st January 2020

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24th January 2020

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10th January 2020

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28th December 2020

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Photos by Daniel Sturley

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