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Congratulations to EDG Property’s Neil Edginton who has made it in to Property Week’s 2012 ‘Hot 100’.

Listed as ‘one to watch’ in the real estate market, Neil’s achievements since his appointment on the Board of Birmingham Development Company at the age of 26, continue to be noted.

It has been five years since Property Week last ran its ‘Hot 100’ list, which seeks to identity the rising stars of the property sector. This year, in partnership with law firm Irwin Mitchell, over 1000 voted for the under 35’s making an impression in today’s challenging market.

As each day passes at Sandfields Barn, what stood on the site more than a century ago becomes easier to comprehend.

The reinstatement of the original link between barns is now clear to see and progress on site is now motoring. The roof is on and the beautiful hand crafted oak windows installed.

Groundworks have been keeping us busy, but the services are now live. A sewage treatment plant is sitting comfortably underground, along with a rainwater harvesting system. We are looking forward to admiring the green roof that will blend the full-height glazed link into the rolling landscape.

Stand inside the brick barn and the beauty of the oak beams is already apparent; soon to be a cosy snug with log burning fire. The locally sourced lias stone will remain exposed throughout.

The moat is now dug out and with the century-old well now re-excavated and walls rebuilt, the outside space is beginning to take shape.

With the sun shining at Sandfields Barn it’s easy to imagine what life will be like here.

From his role at the jewellery box that is The Cube to the cover of Birmingham’s new GEM Magazine, EDG Property’s Neil Edginton appears to be making an impression.

The new glossy magazine has awarded Neil pride of place with front cover and lead feature coverage in their launch issue. Talking of his time at The Mailbox and his vision for new Harborne scheme, The School Yard.

The magazine aims to promote what’s ‘hot’ in the south west of Birmingham, with local interest stories and events promotion.

The EDG Property team wish GEM Magazine every success in the future.

The sun certainly put his hat on for this year’s Harborne Carnival, Britain’s biggest street party outside Notting Hill and EDG Property were proud to be sponsors on this glorious summer’s day.

This year, the High Street embraced its Diamond Jubilee theme, decked in bunting whilst hosting an abundance of fairground rides, stalls and entertainment. The School Yard’s famous Clock Tower even adorned Union Jack flags!

Neil Edginton, EDG Property said; “It was great to see such a fantastic turn out and the Harborne community enjoying themselves at this family event, all credit to the organisers.  We are looking forward to The School Yard being a part of these celebrations in the future.”

Organised by the Harborne Carnival Association, the event has raised in excess of £200,000 for charity since its inception in 1998.

The city’s burgeoning status as a foodie’s paradise has been given a multi-million pound boost with a string of new restaurants – as the new council put the growing sector as the heart of its first manifesto.

Planners have given the green light to a new £6million scheme around the Clock Tower in Harborne- which will include three restaurants and a cookery school- while this week also saw the San Carlo group launch its new Fumo restaurant in the city centre.

The School Yard scheme in Harborne is a mixed use project being developed by EDG Property, Cube director Neil Edginton’s new venture, and will see the buildings around the Clock Tower – which has been covered in scaffolding for almost two years – transformed into a new food hub with a new public square and apartments.

The landmark scheme has already let the two restaurants to upmarket Italian chain Prezzo, which has teamed up with celebrity chef Aldo Zilli, and a new Mediterranean offering from Chris Kelly’s Metro Group, the company behind the successful Metro bars on Cornwall Street and in Solihull as well as the White Horse in Balsall Common.

Chris Kelly, managing director of Metro Group, said: “The Harborne site is part of the Metro Group’s expansion which has always been on the cards once the financial situation allowed. I think Harborne is a fantastic suburb of Birmingham and perfect for us and I could see us in places like Sutton Coldfield or Moseley aswell.”

While the group’s other venues are more traditional, Mr Kelly- who owns the company with Alastair Tyson- said the new restaurant would be tapping into a different kind of experience. He said: “I don’t want to use the word tapas as that makes you think just Spanish when I’d much rather Metro continental. This is going to be smaller sharing plates with continental wines and beers. This will be a smaller venue to our others with a lovely alfresco overlooking the new square catering for around 80 covers so we will have to think differently about how we prepare and serve food as we look more towards the grazing style of eating.”

Prezzo chief executive Jonathan Kaye, said he was confident the restaurant would prove popular.

He said: “It is especially pleasing as it will be our first restaurant in Birmingham. We are confident that our Italian restaurant will appeal to people of all ages and be a great addition to the town’s social scene.”

Both restaurants are hoping to open next year after the Birmingham City Council’s planning committee gave the School Yard scheme – which has been drawn up by K4 Architects – full planning and listed building consent which will see the old school building restored along with the old headmaster’s house, the creation of a new square in the old playground and a new apartment block.
The Kitchen cookery school is the brainchild of Jayne Bradley and will run courses for the public and the local community.
Mr Edginton said the vigorous support of the council was testament to the quality of the scheme on the landmark site that has been wrapped in scaffolding for almost two years because of structural problems.

“From the outset we have seen terrific support from the local community and the council for our proposal for this important site and getting the full consent so smoothly is testament to how efficient the planning process in the city can be if you engage properly and provide the right information to support the right scheme.

“This is a project that will play a key role in continuing the ongoing regeneration of one of Birmingham’s favourite suburbs and the announcement of two new restaurants – one from a well known local independent and a great brand coming to the city for the first time – is great for the local economy. Combined with the cookery school, the public space and the apartments, we hope this is going to create a real destination for food lovers and a great asset for Harborne.

With thanks to Alun Thorne, Birmingham Post