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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)

It’s exciting times for The School Yard, EDG Property’s Harborne clock tower development, with the old school playground now transformed into an amazing private square and all set to open this October.

The new £1/4million square will be the first of its kind in the area; a place people really are not expecting to see off Harborne High Street. It is inspired by its former use, adopting a hopscotch theme, using clever landscaping and lighting to create a characterful space for people to meet and dine.

European in style, the entrances to the square have been kept deliberately narrow to allow for a sense of drama as the pathways unveil the heart of this new landmark destination.

Urban Coffee Company will be the first of the tenants to open their doors mid-October. Events are then planned, as their neighbours, including award winning Prezzo, follow suit in the coming weeks.

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

A limited opportunity has arisen to purchase the former Headmaster’s House at The School Yard, Harborne. This is a once in a lifetime chance to own a piece of history, dating back to 1881.

The house is Grade II listed and is 2 to 3 bedrooms, with a beautiful walled garden. It has been structurally restored however, the interior requires re-fitting.

Due to the high levels of interest already received, the property will be sold via a sealed bids process with bids only accepted from proceedable purchasers.  Entries close at 5pm on Wednesday 4th September 2013. 

Any interested party should contact Andy Butts of Centrick Property on 0121 347 6116 or email .

(Details correct at time of publication. Sale subject to contract)


GF Tomlinson has been awarded a ‘Performance Beyond Compliance’ certificate by the Considerate Constructors Scheme, in recognition of The School Yard project’s achievement.

The aim of the Scheme is to improve the image of construction. All registered sites are monitored and those who are performing at the highest levels are rewarded. The School Yard’s main contractor scored well in each of the five assessment categories; Enhancing the Appearance, Respecting the Community, Protecting the Environment, Securing everyone’s Safety and Caring for the Workforce.

Neil Edginton, Director of EDG Property said; “The School Yard’s High Street location makes for a logistically difficult site and part of our promise to the local community was to keep disruption to a minimum. As such, we encouraged GF Tomlinson to work with the Considerate Constructors Scheme to ensure best measures were taken to deliver on this promise and I am delighted that this certificate has been awarded.

Clearly, no major construction project can be undertaken without any disruption, but this recognition goes to show what can be achieved with hard work and commitment.”

Sales success has been announced at EDG Property’s School Yard scheme in Harborne following an exclusive, private release of boutique apartments and townhouses to early registrants. Due to demand, 25 per cent of the homes at the mixed use scheme were specifically released at priority event – and all were snapped up in one week.

Purchasers have been attracted by the unique nature of the scheme which embraces both the heritage of the listed clock tower and the contemporary new build of the residential building. The boutique homes boast some enviable features including private rooftop terraces and zen gardens alongside high quality interiors and specification.

Neil Edginton, EDG Property, said: “We were quietly optimistic that the apartments and townhouses at The School Yard would be well received by purchasers as we recorded such high levels of interest on the run up to the priority event and there seemed to be a genuine enthusiasm from people about the scheme and its individual appeal.

“Harborne is perhaps Birmingham’s most aspirational place to live and we have worked hard in the design phase to bring old and new together in a contemporary but thoughtful way to create a one-off proposition.

“The School Yard with its distinctive clock tower is already a landmark for the area. The combination of living at the heart of a thriving local neighbourhood with a new exclusive public square as well as being just five minutes from the city centre has real pulling power and has attracted a range of purchasers from empty nesters to city professionals.”

Just one quarter of the homes were released ahead of schedule for the priority event and all were reserved within the one-week pre-registration period. These early purchasers, who were invited to individual consultations with EDG Property, will now also have the chance to work with the design team at The School Yard to create a truly bespoke home.

Neil continued: “We want to create a real community buzz at The School Yard and the combination of homes and the leisure uses are integral to that. We are now encouraging interested parties to make contact with EDG Property in preparation for the next release which will operate on a first come, first served basis, date to be announced.”

For more information or to register, please contact EDG Property on 0121 654 9404 or email