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Stephen Giles Construction & regeneration
03 Mar 2021 - Stephen Giles
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Hockley Mills, JQ - All The Renders

Hockley Mills is a £100m development that will deliver eight new buildings comprising 395 one, two, three-bedroom apartments & duplexes; commercial spaces, and a new entrance to Jewellery Quarter Train Station. 

It's now under construction. Exciting stuff!

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Hockley Mills, JQ - All The Renders





Hockley Mills is a £100m development that will deliver eight new buildings comprising 395 one, two, three-bedroom apartments & duplexes; commercial spaces, and a new entrance to Jewellery Quarter Train Station. 

It's now under construction. Exciting stuff!


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Originally brought forward by Blackswan Property (now Cordia Blackswan) and designed by Glancy Nicholls Architects, the Pitsford Street site was recently purchased by Legal & General, on behalf of its BTR Access Development Partnership - a Joint Venture between L&G Capital & PGGM.

With the project now under construction. Sir Robert McAlpine (SRM) will act as developer on the development. Here are the renderings:

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All images the property of Glancy Nicholls Architects

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Daniel Sturley Construction & regeneration
22 Feb 2021 - Daniel Sturley
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The refurbishment of the former Municipal Bank (now The Exchange) - February 2021

For much of the past year, Three Centenary Way (the former Municipal Bank) has been hidden behind protective coverings. With these now largely removed, we have been given the first glimpse of this immaculate building since it has been cleaned.  Now in University of Birmingham hands, we can see that considerable progress has been made.

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The refurbishment of the former Municipal Bank (now The Exchange) - February 2021





For much of the past year, Three Centenary Way (the former Municipal Bank) has been hidden behind protective coverings. With these now largely removed, we have been given the first glimpse of this immaculate building since it has been cleaned.  Now in University of Birmingham hands, we can see that considerable progress has been made.


The following gallery takes a look at how things have progressed over the past 12 months.

 

March 2020

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April 2020

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September 2020

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December 2020

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February 2021

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Photography courtesy Daniel Sturley (Birmingham We Are and It's Your Build communities)

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Stephen Giles Construction & regeneration
10 Feb 2021 - Stephen Giles
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Selly Oak Student Scheme: Amended Plans

REVISED plans have gone in for a 523 bed canal-side student redevelopment on Elliott Road, Selly Oak.

With a new architect also on board, the scheme has been vastly improved to connect to arguably Birmingham’s greatest asset - its canal.

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Selly Oak Student Scheme: Amended Plans





REVISED plans have gone in for a 523 bed canal-side student redevelopment on Elliott Road, Selly Oak.

With a new architect also on board, the scheme has been vastly improved to connect to arguably Birmingham’s greatest asset - its canal.


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Located at Selly Oak Industrial Estate, Units 5-8, Elliott Road, the revised proposal - brought forward by Watkins Jones Group - will see the site reconnect with arguably Birmingham’s biggest asset - its canal, through the demolition of vacant industrial builds (as seen above) before redevelopment can deliver:

  • Part 5-8 storey accommodation;
  • 523 student beds (135 studios/388 clusters);
  • 11 contemporary townhouses along Elliott Road;
  • Central courtyard gardens;
  • Secure indoor & outdoor amenity spaces;
  • Zero parking/ 128 cycles;
  • NEW fluid connections to the canal towpath and beyond.

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With a new design team in place, Glenn Howells Architects & Layer Studio Landscape set about delivering on three fundamental principles as they redesigned the scheme. These are:

  • Establishing a fluid connection to the Canal

  • Creating a green campus

  • Providing connected routes all around the site

An expansive courtyard garden will become the beating heart of the scheme, providing students with ample space to study and relax, or simply to collect their bike before venturing out and about. 

Lively amenity spaces (gym, lounges and study spaces) will be at ground floor level, with the area set to bring much-needed activity and interest to the canal system and its new area of public realm.

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Eleven contemporary townhouses will replace vacant warehouse units, and these will be positioned along Elliott Road - each purposely designed in response to the scale and context of the neighbouring area.

Before & after:

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With the shock refusal of The Triangle (student development) site nearby, a student needs assessment document has been added to the application, fully outlining the significant demand for PBSA, not just in Selly Oak, but across the city.

Fresh Student Living - formed in 2010 by Watkins Jones Group - will operate the scheme if/when the scheme gets the go-ahead in the coming months. Certainly one to keep an eye on!

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All images the property of Glenn Howells Architects

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Stephen Giles Construction & regeneration
04 Feb 2021 - Stephen Giles
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New Perry Barr Station Approved!

A new flagship Train Station for Perry Barr has today been approved (9-1) at Birmingham City Council's Planning Committee.

Forming part of a wider £500 million regeneration of Perry Barr, the station will replace the current 1960s building, a station deemed unfit for modern purposes.

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New Perry Barr Station Approved!





A new flagship Train Station for Perry Barr has today been approved (9-1) at Birmingham City Council's Planning Committee.

Forming part of a wider £500 million regeneration of Perry Barr, the station will replace the current 1960s building, a station deemed unfit for modern purposes.


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The new Perry Barr Station will be a fully accessible, fit-for-purpose station with upgraded ticket offices, toilets & baby changing facilities, alongside new lifts and stairs to the platforms.

It'll replace the current 1960s building, a station deemed unfit for modern purposes.

Redevelopment - set to start in the spring - forms part of a wider £500 million regeneration of Perry Barr, with the new station set to benefit from 'strong links to north Birmingham’s road, bus and cycle networks'.

The redevelopment, however, is said to be £10 million over budget, and currently stands at approximately £30.98 million - raising some concerns over the scheme.

FULL STATION REDESIGN/ OUTLINE BUS INTERCHANGE

Original proposals in September 2020 were roundly criticised when first unveiled. This ultimately led to a redesign by Glancy Nicholls Architects late last year.

It now features more glazing, as well as perforated metal panels, incorporating sporting images, with the intention of providing Perry Barr with a visual landmark, both during the day and at night.

Landscaping of all public areas were also changed to reflect the redesign, with new paving, planters & provision for a minimum 21 cycle spaces.

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As well as the railway station, outline planning permission was also granted for a bus interchange in front of the neighbouring One Stop Shopping Centre.

Indicative plans will see a sprint stop, three bus stops, signal controlled pedestrian crossings and pick-up/drop-off area for taxi’s and disabled users.

Further details will be the subject of a future reserved matters application.

CONSTRUCTION

Galliford Try were awarded the tender to build the station back in March 2020 - as revealed by Itsyourbuild back in March, and they will begin works in the spring, before opening to visitors ahead of the Commonwealth Games in 2022.

The project is being led by Transport for West Midlands (TfWM), part of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) and the West Midlands Rail Executive in partnership with Birmingham City Council, Network Rail and West Midlands Trains.

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All images the property of Transport for West Midlands (TfWM)/Glancy Nicholls Architects

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Stephen Giles Construction & regeneration
21 Jan 2021 - Stephen Giles
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Stirchley: Affordable Housing & Retail Units

Stirchley Co-operative, in collaboration with Accord Housing, has today secured approval to reinvigorate a dormant site by delivering new affordable housing & ground floor retail units for local businesses.

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Stirchley: Affordable Housing & Retail Units





Stirchley Co-operative, in collaboration with Accord Housing, has today secured approval to reinvigorate a dormant site by delivering new affordable housing & ground floor retail units for local businesses.

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Stirchley Co-operative Development (SCD) is a local community group comprising five housing and worker co-operatives intending to build affordable and eco-friendly residential and retail premises in the heart of Stirchley.

This mixed-use redevelopment, located at 1386-1392 Pershore Road, will contribute to the regeneration of the area by delivering much needed affordable housing & providing local Co-op businesses with prominent ground floor retail space.

39 one, two and three bedroom apartments (1-4 persons) will be created alongside 3 ground floor retail units - all within a sustainable timber framed, cream cladded three-storey new build.

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All apartments will be for affordable rent, subject to a s106 agreement - thanks to funding from Homes England - with homes made available through Accord Housing.

A communal lounge, laundry room and a kitchen diner will supplement these homes; alongside a 670sqm rooftop garden & a 660sqm communal courtyard space.

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Stirchley-based businesses that form part of the Co-operative will take up residence on the ground floor (738sqm). These will include:

  1. Artefact (artist-led gallery & community space);

  2. Birmingham Bike Foundry (bicycle repairs, refurbishment and training);

  3. Loaf (loaf social enterprise is a bakery and cookery school).

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NOISE MITIGATION MEASURES

Given that the site is next to a major road & the Grade II listed, British Oak Public House - who have a substantial beer garden, many issues raised were understandably noise related.

Noise surveys were undertaken in recent months to nullify any potential issues that may crop up in the future. Measures implemented will see residents’ supplied with enhanced glazing & mechanical ventilation systems that can be used should their windows be closed.

PARKING

Given the sustainable location, with a new train station set to arrive soon, and with ample bus links on offer, zero car parking has been allocated here; however, 128 cycle spaces will be provided within the courtyard area.

All images are the property of Indesign, Accord Group's in-house architectural firm.

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