The first phase of EDG Property’s The School Yard development has won a third award for its successful reinvigoration of a much-loved building in the heart of Harborne in Birmingham.

The project to transform the school building and its surrounds into a commercially successful mixed use scheme won the Commercial Project of the Year Award at the RICS awards held at the Town Hall in Birmingham.

The award is the second in as many months for the project after it was given 2014 Birmingham Civic Society Renaissance Award when the judges said the project had “enlivened Harborne High Street and given it a new lease of life.”

For the RICS award, the judges praised the sensitive nature of the conversion of the Grade II listed former school building, which dates back to 1891.

They said: “EDG Property have successfully converted the buildings to form a vibrant leisure destination around an open square, attracting national operators such as Prezzo and Boston Tea Party.

“The project has successfully taken a disused building and turned it into a commercially viable whilst retaining the original character of the buildings.”

The second phase of 13 residential units including one, two and three bedroom apartments and a town house designed by Bryant Priest Newman is now under way and due for completion before the end of the year.

EDG Property director Neil Edginton said he hoped the completed scheme would be as well received, not just by property professionals such as the RICS and conservation groups but, most importantly, by the people who live and work in that part of the city.

He said: “From the very outset we knew the stakes were high because the clock tower is such an iconic feature of Harborne and there was significant interest from numerous parties who would have liked the opportunity to bring the building back to life.

“We had a vision for the scheme that was about making something that was not only commercially viable but also critically retained the community aspect and we believe we have delivered that with the Harborne Food School and the other lettings.

“To win a third award is testament to a great team who have delivered this project over the past three years and also to the people of Harborne who we have consulted closely with from day one and in return they have given us fantastic support and hopefully this is a development of which they can all be proud.”

Work is set to begin on an exciting new phase of work at Fort Dunlop that will play a key part in transforming the iconic building.

The 300,000 sq ft mixed use building was acquired last summer by a fund managed by Tristan Capital Partners, in partnership with EDG Property, and the new owners have already been busy on various external works including a complete rebranding and upgrading its car parking offer.

A series of works are planned over the next couple of years to significantly upgrade the building – which is home to almost 3,000 workers and businesses such as Capita and Trinity Mirror Midlands – and the next phase will see £380,000 spent on redeveloping the main atrium space.

EDG Property founder Neil Edginton, said this was an important part of the overall vision as it was the most visible part of the building.   He said: “Urban Splash did a great job at Fort Dunlop and brought back to life one of the region’s most recognisable buildings after more than two decades standing idle, but this is the next phase in a really exciting new chapter for the building.”

“The aim is to create an entrance befitting of an office building that boasts an impressive roster of tenants from the NHS to Capita to Trinity Mirror and businesses with client bases that include some of the world’s biggest corporations.”

“We want to introduce more light into the space and we have also moved the management office to a different floor to improve the F&B offer and we are very close to securing a fantastic new tenant which I know will be welcomed by everyone in the building.”

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EDG Property has established a new construction arm to build out the second phase of its award-winning School Yard development in Birmingham.

EDG Build has initially been created to build out the new homes in the Harborne scheme but director Neil Edginton said it also reflected the aspirations of EDG Property.

He said: “The speed of sales at The School Yard has surprised even us and all 13 of the properties have all be sold off plan, so the most important thing is that we are able to deliver the project to our customer’s satisfaction.”

“The construction market is incredibly hot at the moment and good contractors who can take on a job of this nature and deliver it on time and on budget are quite difficult to come by, so we decided that creating our own main contractor arm was a sensible step.”

“Also we have significant aspirations to move on to even larger projects both in the Midlands and further afield and EDG Build means we can establish a team that we trust and who have bought into the EDG philosophy.  Ultimately we will have much tighter control on our projects going forward.”

EDG Build has already made a number of senior appointments including Gareth Edwards who has joined as commercial director from Faithful & Gould and Lee Williams who has been appointed as site manager.

Phase 2 of the School Yard – which will see a mix of apartments, duplexes and a townhouse constructed over 37 weeks and to be completed this Autumn – follows the successful completion of Phase 1 which included the refurbishment of adjoining school buildings that have become a coffee shop, restaurants and community food school.

The first phase recently won a Birmingham Civic Society 2014 Renaissance Award where EDG Property was praised for “fully embracing” the heritage of the original School Yard building and its Grade II-listed clock tower while creatively bringing back to modern and interesting uses.

Judges said the bars and restaurants, which had taken space at the development, had “enlivened Harborne High Street and given it a new lease of life”.