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Local developers EDG Property have reached a major milestone at The School Yard scheme in Harborne as the first phase completes.

Marked with a celebratory, festive event held in the new central courtyard at the heart of the £5m development, Christmas cheer was the order of the day as local school children from The Blue Coat School performed carols by candlelight.

Playing on the scheme’s original use as a school, local glitterati, including Harborne residents, traders and business people were welcomed by the “headmaster” as they enjoyed the Christmas market atmosphere with mulled wine, stalls and more entertainment from a “flash mob” dance troupe.

With coffee emporium Urban Coffee Company and Birmingham’s first Prezzo restaurant now open for business, the developer has also confirmed the second phase of the scheme will start in the new year as well as hinting at two further lettings for the scheme, which includes the community food school.

Neil Edginton, EDG Property, said: “Slap bang in the middle of Harborne, this beautiful listed building had become something of an eyesore, shrouded in scaffolding and with an uncertain future. When we acquired the site in 2011, though it was loved by the local community, it was falling into disrepair.

“Fast forward less than two years and it’s fantastic to celebrate the completion of the first phase of its redevelopment by inviting our neighbours, friends and colleagues into The School Yard to kickstart the festive season with a mince pie and specially prepared “cofftail” or mulled wine.

The second phase comprises a small number of apartments and townhouses.  EDG Property launched a design competition earlier this autumn to find the architects who will design this second, new build phase and the final shortlist comprises two Birmingham based practices, Bryant Priest Newman and ADP.

Neil Edginton continued: “Our aim is to bring heritage and contemporary style together, and feedback has been phenomenal, particularly for the wonderful public courtyard at the heart of the development and the best bits of the listed building have now been restored and are back in use. We have added some contemporary touches, such as external feature lighting, and used high quality materials and finishes throughout that complement the distinct architectural style and highlight its features.”

The event celebrated success to date, which includes the first of Italian chain Prezzo’s Birmingham restaurants and the £30,000 restoration of the building’s original listed clock tower and the clock itself, which is now keeping time for the first time since the mid-80s.

One third of the residential properties have already been reserved off-plan by early registrants and a further release of homes is set for the new year. Interested parties are encouraged to register with EDG Property by calling 0121 654 9404 or via email – as sales will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

EDG Property is pleased to announce that Prezzo Harborne is now open at The School Yard!

This is the first Prezzo restaurant to open in Birmingham, now accessible off Harborne High Street in the Grade II Listed clock tower building.

This national brand is well known for its great tasting Italian food and stylish surroundings with many of the Prezzo restaurants recognised for their architectural value. The School Yard address now joins the Prezzo portfolio which includes restaurants in the old library in Newbury, the Mills Bakery in Plymouth and listed buildings in Salisbury, Romsey, Mayfair and Dorchester.

Whether you are looking for an intimate dinner or celebrating a special occasion this restaurant is perfect. Open Monday-Sunday 12noon-11pm, be sure to make a reservation on 0121 427 4240.

For all commercial and residential enquiries at The School Yard, please contact EDG Property on 0121 654 9404 or

Creative juices are flowing this week at The School Yard following the launch of EDG Property’s architectural design competition for the new-build residential aspect of Harborne’s Clock Tower scheme.

The School Yard judging panel, having conducted a series of interviews, shortlisted five architectural practices of which three proceeded to second-round assessment and two have been invited to pitch for the design of Phase 2 of this landmark destination.

EDG Property was delighted to brief professional firms ADP and Bryant Priest Newman Architects who are now working towards mid-point interviews and then final concept presentations on 6th December.

The new-build residential block will accompany the existing Grade II Listed building and overlook the former school playground which is already open as a new public square.

The School Yard judging panel comprises of EDG Property Directors Neil Edginton and Mark Holden, Gareth Edwards of Faithful + Gould, Richard Twist of JRA, Matthew Woodhall of Curtins and Phil Brown of the Edgbaston & Harborne News.

Neil Edginton said “The level of interest in The School Yard and overwhelming support from the local community has made us even more determined to deliver a new building that Harborne can be proud of and moreover, one that we totally believe in.

We approached Birmingham-based firms who have a proven track record for professionalism and delivery but most importantly, know and love Harborne.  We are looking forward to welcoming on board a creative partner who complement the existing School Yard team.”

For all commercial and residential enquiries at The School Yard, please contact EDG Property on 0121 654 9404 or

EDG Property has appointed GBR Phoenix Beard as Property Manager for Harborne’s mixed use scheme, The School Yard.

Catherine Gabriel who heads up Property Management at GBR Phoenix Beard said: “We are looking forward to working with Neil and the EDG Team to provide first class services for The School Yard.  This is a flagship scheme for Harborne and we are honoured to be on board.  Our priority will be to maintain the highest standards both for visitors and tenants alike and of course future residents, in keeping with such a well-appointed scheme.”

For all commercial and residential enquiries at The School Yard, please contact EDG Property on 0121 654 9404 or

The School Yard’s first operator, Urban Coffee Company, is overwhelmed by the welcoming Harborne reception having opened its doors for business this week.

Urban Coffee Company’s Managing Director Hannah Wolsey said; “Simon and I are so happy with how everything has turned out at The School Yard and we are really pleased to be part of the development. We’ve been open less than a week and we are already incredibly busy! We love talking to locals who are eager to reminisce about the building and what it meant and continues to mean to them.”

With the stylish coffee house having already made a name for itself on the Birmingham scene with popular emporiums in the Jewellery Quarter and Colmore Business District, the Urban Coffee Company team has been excited to bring their third emporium to the city’s clock tower address.

Neil Edginton of EDG Property commented, “It has been a pleasure to work with the Urban Coffee team to bring their great brand to The School Yard. We look forward to welcoming their neighbours in the coming weeks and months.”

Overlooking the former playground, which EDG Property has transformed into an amazing new square, and accessible off York Street, Urban Coffee Company is open 8:00am to 5:30pm weekdays and 10:00am to 5:30pm weekends.  Serving a range of freshly baked pastries, cakes and homemade sandwiches and soup, they look forward to greeting you!

For all commercial and residential enquiries at The School Yard, please contact EDG Property on 0121 654 9404 or

(Please note: Urban Coffee Company at The School Yard will be closed for staff training on Sunday 20th – Tuesday 22nd October)