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Stephen Giles Construction & regeneration
03 Nov 2020 - Stephen Giles
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'Projekt 55' Conversion Set For Approval

55 Holloway Head is set for a new lease of life with conversion into apartments, along with upward extensions & the construction of townhouses - delivering 131 new homes.

Plans are recommended for approval on November 5th.

 

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'Projekt 55' Conversion Set For Approval





55 Holloway Head is set for a new lease of life with conversion into apartments, along with upward extensions & the construction of townhouses - delivering 131 new homes.

Plans are recommended for approval on November 5th.

 


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CONVERSION, EXTENSIONS & TOWNHOUSES

The former 1958 flatted factory building, one of just a few remaining in the city and deemed as having architectural value - particularly internally, is currently under-utilised.

Plans will see two carefully considered extensions, with 3 extra floors on Blucher Street, and 5 floors of accommodation facing Holloway Head, taking the building up to 12 storeys tall and delivering 122 apartments, in a mix of 47 one, 65 two, and 10 three-bedrooms.

To provide reanimated frontages onto the street, two flexible double-height ground floor commercial units (80- 238 sqm in size) will be formed.

Nine three-bed, four-storey contemporary townhouses (141 sqm) will also be constructed on Chapmans Passage, each with their own private terrace spaces–with the overall project providing 131 apartments.

Holloway 55 Ltd (Claremont Property Group) is behind plans, with K4 Architects as the architect.

FACILITIES, APARTMENT SIZES, ROOF TERRACES & MATERIALITY

Shared facilities will be the name of the game here, with the development set to feature an entrance lobby with concierge desk, lounge seating and post room; business lounge: a professional, co-working space; gym; and multi-functional community space (i.e..: for meetings, relaxation, events, films, parties, etc.).

A wide range of price-points and apartment sizes (57 sqm- 135 sqm) catering for every need will be available - with the development also offering residents’ winter gardens, and private/ shared roof terraces.

All external elevations are to be stripped back and encased in brick slips & new aluminium framed windows.

PARKING & AFFORDABILITY

Cycle parking is to be provided throughout, with 11 car parking spaces set to be retained - these will be accessed via gates off Chapmans Passage.

Thirteen low-cost home ownership apartments, containing 5 one-bed, 7 two-bed & 1 three-bedroom, will be obtainable at 20% discount on market value - all subject to a Section 111 legal agreement.

EXISTING BUILDING

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PROPOSED

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Approval is recommended for this one, with plans going forward to Birmingham City Council's Planning Committee on November 5th, at 11am.

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Stephen Giles Construction & regeneration
26 Oct 2020 - Stephen Giles
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THE TRIANGLE: HUGE REDEVELOPMENT FOR SELLY OAK

'The Triangle' in Selly Oak will transform a neglected former Sainsbury's site into a lively new student & community-driven development.

Three new blocks will be erected, delivering 1187 units, student communal facilities, ground floor commercial & publicly accessible community floorspace. Exciting stuff!

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THE TRIANGLE: HUGE REDEVELOPMENT FOR SELLY OAK





'The Triangle' in Selly Oak will transform a neglected former Sainsbury's site into a lively new student & community-driven development.

Three new blocks will be erected, delivering 1187 units, student communal facilities, ground floor commercial & publicly accessible community floorspace. Exciting stuff!


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The site is bordered by Chapel Lane, Harborne Lane and Bristol Road in Selly Oak – otherwise known as the former Sainsbury's site, which has sat derelict since November 2018.

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Once demolished, the site will be subdivided into three new brick blocks, with heights varying between 4 to 12 storeys tall, separated by landscaped courtyard space.

TWO PHASES

Phase 1 will deliver 635 units in Block A along with community space, flexible unit(s), student amenity and courtyard spaces.

Phase 2 will then complete the remaining 552 student bedrooms and facilities.

Accommodation will typically be arranged into cluster, studios, standard & premium en-suites.

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These builds have been devised to respond to their near neighbours, with each emphasising a stepped-up approach in height across all blocks. Taller builds will be strategically placed at key corners.

Materiality and facade works remain unswerving throughout - as the below renderings will show.

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SHARED PUBLIC & PRIVATE STUDENT AMENITIES

Shared amenity spaces will be available at ground floor level - located within Blocks A & B, with A also featuring a communal terrace on the 5th floor and a possible water feature within the courtyard.

The site will offer a wide-ranging mix of private and a semi-public realm with outdoor amenity for students. A public area of accessible open space will also be allocated for community use - aptly created around the retained 'Selly Oak' tree.

Other facilities include a gym, cycle hub, cafe, canteen, lobby, FM room, games room, laundry, and spacious study areas.

A total of 45 accessible wheelchair accommodation will be combined across all blocks.

THE BLOCKS:

BLOCK A

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BLOCK B

View down the internal street between Blocks A & B:

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View of the arrival off Chapel Lane:

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BLOCK C

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CAR FREE AFFAIR, BUT PLENTY OF CYCLES!

The inclusion of a cycle hub will provide safe long-stay & short-stay storage areas - with long-stay containing 235 cycles in Block A, and 61 in Block C - totaling 296 bicycle spaces. Short-stay provision site-wide is expected to provide 30 more.

The Triangle will predominately be a car-free affair, other than ‘drop-offs’ and ‘pick-ups’ for taxis and students at the beginning and end of terms; 27 short-stay spaces will be offered, along with 4 permanent blue badge disabled spaces. 

The project is to be managed by Hines' student operator ‘Aparto’.

BEFORE & AFTERS

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PROJECT TEAM:
DEVELOPER: HPH Selly Oak Property Ltd (Hines & Henderson Park JV)
ARCHITECTS: Allford Hall Monaghan Morris/ & Bradley Murphy Design
STUDENT OPERATOR: Aparto 
CIVIL & STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING: Price & Myers
MEP ENGINEERING: Cundall
PROJECT MANAGER: Avison Young Second London Wall
QUANTITY SURVEYOR: Turner and Townsend
PCSA CONTRACTOR: Bowmer + Kirkland

Words by Stephen Giles, with artists' impressions from AHMMBradley Murphy Design.

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Stephen Giles Construction & regeneration
22 Oct 2020 - Stephen Giles
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Birmingham Repertory Theatre - Reinvention

Birmingham’s famous Repertory Theatre is set to undergo dramatic new works that’ll see a new striking new entrance on the iconic façade - and in turn securing the long-term future of the company!

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Birmingham Repertory Theatre - Reinvention





Birmingham’s famous Repertory Theatre is set to undergo dramatic new works that’ll see a new striking new entrance on the iconic façade - and in turn securing the long-term future of the company!


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The remodelling of its front of house areas aims to produce a more permeable façade and open plan layout internally – one that engages with the outside public and ultimately increase footfall.

Approved in December 2019, The REP are aiming for a 2021 completion date to coincide with the celebration of its 50th anniversary on Centenary Square. 

EMBRACING CHANGE

The REP, like many arts organisations, has suffered against the backdrop of untimely funding cuts, meaning that this project is absolutely vital as it strives to become financially sustainable; the remodelling has been designed to increase footfall, which in turn will help increase revenues.

What a time to re-invent given the other significant regeneration projects within the area -namely Centenary Square, the Arena Central redevelopment, and Symphony Hall. 

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In addition to the new entrance, works will see the introduction of external balconies, two free-standing feature structures, illuminated signage, digital screens, and enhanced forecourt landscaping works.

Internally, alterations to public areas will see the creation of informal performance spaces, improved orientation, an upgrade to the current bar and catering, as well as the introduction of a new restaurant on the first floor and other such units.

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Existing floor plans: (Right click for a closer look)

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Approved floor plans: (Right click for a closer look)

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DID YOU KNOW?

The architects behind the scheme, APEC, consulted in-depth during the planning process, and even contacted the buildings original designer, Graham Winteringham, 92, who pointed out that a central entrance was originally considered but was ultimately ruled out due to the location of a pool of water in a civic square that was never realised. Second times a charm!

Words by Stephen, with RIBA 3 images (subject to change) from APEC Architects.

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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
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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: 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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