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Developers at Harborne’s flagship mixed use scheme have appointed the main contractor to start construction of the £5.5m project. Midlands headquartered GF Tomlinson will start onsite next month and will coordinate the first phase of the construction programme at EDG Property’s The School Yard.

Enabling works are already complete at the scheme which is located on Harborne High Street, while the main construction process is split into two phases. The first phase will see the complex refurbishment of the existing buildings which were built in 1891 and originally housed Harborne Heath Road Board School. The second phase of the development is a limited number of executive apartments, which will be launched at the international property event MIPIM in March.

The plans are to create three new restaurant units at the front of the building, which will open onto the High Street. These are let to Prezzo Group, Metro Continental and community cookery school Kitchen, which will be fitted out with specially designed learning and cooking spaces. Internal fit out is scheduled to take place later this summer with the expectation that the restaurants will be trading by Christmas.

Neil Edginton, director of EDG Property, said: “At the heart of our development is a beautiful Victorian building which reflects the architectural typology and materials of the time that it was built. It is our job to bring it back into use as well as adding thoughtful contemporary new build elements so that it can again play an important role in the Harborne community.

“GF Tomlinson has won the contract because of their proven track record in sympathetically delivering complex refurbishments and for their work to listed structures.”

The appointment of GF Tomlinson completes the project team, which also includes local architects K4, M&E engineers Jonathan Richards Associates, structural engineers Curtins and acousticians JRA Acoustics.

Ivor Roberts, managing director of GF Tomlinson (Birmingham), said: “We will be using our specialist experience in working with listed and historical buildings to maximum effect on The School Yard, as well as our ability to operate within constrained sites adjacent to public highways. We know how important it is to tightly manage the construction process and to quickly and efficiently deliver on site, while maintaining the architectural vision of the project. As a Midlands business, we are extremely pleased to play our part in contributing to regenerating a local facility.”

The historical Victorian features of the Grade II listed building are being retained and restored; while the second phase of works will see the addition of a new contemporary building at the rear of the old school playground, wrapping around a central courtyard and will include the residential element of the scheme.

Following a remarkable 8 years developing The Cube in Birmingham, in December 2012 Neil Edginton’s Aruna Project LLP sold the commercial elements of The Cube to EPISO3, a fund managed by London headquartered Tristan Capital Partners.

Neil will be staying at The Cube though, despite the sale, as his EDG Property is working closely with Tristan Capital Partners to asset manage the building.

The Cube’s tenants already include the likes of Marco Pierre White, Adee Phelan, Rodizio Rico, Hotel Indigo, The Law Society, Highways Agency and theclub&spa. And, with many awards already under its belt, such as the RIBA Midlands Award, BCO 2011, ICE 2011, ISE 2011, Rose Design 2011, CIPR Pride 2011 and BCIA 2011, there’s no doubt that The Cube is an amazing addition to the Birmingham landscape.

Ben Newman of Tristan said “We’ve got some really exciting ideas for what is already a great building and are pleased to be working closely with Neil and drawing on his knowledge of the local market.”

The residential elements of The Cube have been retained by Aruna Project and Neil will continue to manage the sales of any remaining apartments.

Neil commented “The Cube has been a really interesting and challenging project and I am proud to have achieved our original ambition of creating a building that would stand tall on the architectural world stage.  I’m delighted to be staying involved with The Cube and am sure that EDG Property can continue to add value to the asset.  I look forward to working with the Tristan team and making many more exciting announcements for the City and for The Cube.”

Notes:

EDG Property was established in 2010 as a Property, Development & Construction consultancy operating across the UK and working with leading financial institutions in the work out and disposal of challenging assets.

Tristan Capital Partners is an employee-owned investment management boutique specialising in public and private market real estate investment strategies across the UK and Continental Europe.

Tristan is the Portfolio Manager for Curzon Capital Partners III and for the private equity funds European Property Investors, LP , European Property Investors Special Opportunities, LP and EPISO 3 LP. Its pan-European real estate funds include core-plus and value-added/opportunistic strategies with total assets under management of €3.5 Billion. Tristan’s headquarters are in London and it has offices in Luxembourg, Milan, Paris, Stockholm, Dusseldorf and Warsaw. 

Please check out the new Tristan web-app – available for download at www.tristancap.com

As this year’s Midlands Property Quiz Chair, Neil Edginton of EDG Property is proud to announce that an incredible £34,000 was raised on the night, twice the amount of last year, for charities Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Lionheart.

Compered by property professional John Griffiths, the annual black tie event saw Aston Villa’s Holte Suite transformed into a glamorous Monte Carlo set with Williams F1 race cars, a casino and cocktails. John was accompanied by special guest Ed James of Heart Breakfast who hosted the Music Round.

Fidelis Navas of Birmingham Children’s Hospital said “I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone for raising money for our Paediatric Intensive Care Unit.  The unit treats over 4000 children every year, from across the UK.

Since 2005 the Midlands Property Quiz has raised an incredible amount for Birmingham Children’s Hospital. We cannot thank you enough for the difference you have made to the lives of thousands of sick children.”

Neil concluded, “I am delighted that the event was such a success.  Many thanks to our main sponsors Santander, Faithful & Gould and Ellis Clowes and to all those that donated the fantastic auction prizes, such as Hollywood Monster’s 40ft motor yacht.”

EDG Property is delighted to announce the appointment of Mark Holden to the Board of Directors.

A Chartered Surveyor and Managing Director of consultancy firm Invigour, which he co-founded over a decade ago, Mark has over 30 years of commercial and project delivery experience.

On joining the board of EDG Property, Mark commented; “It is an exciting time for EDG Property with the arrival of The School Yard project. Neil Edginton is leading a new generation of Property Developers that will help shape the future of Birmingham and the wider region. I am delighted to be contributing my experience to the Board of such a vibrant Company. I am looking forward to working with Neil and his innovative and ambitious team.”

Mark’s advisory portfolio is extensive including the early stages of the new Library of Birmingham; the restoration of Birmingham Town Hall and the redevelopment of Pebble Mill. Prior to launching Invigour Mark was Joint Managing Partner and Board member for Innovation at EC Harris, the international Capital Project and Facilities Consultancy.

EDG Property’s Managing Director Neil Edginton concluded; “EDG Property is going from strength to strength we are delighted to be able to draw on Mark’s expertise, which will undoubtedly prove to be a great asset to our business.”

Work is under way at one of Birmingham’s most exciting new developments. Enabling works have started at The School Yard in the upmarket suburb of Harborne as developer EDG Property announces the appointment of its professional team.

Birmingham based K4 Architects is leading the design team on the mixed use scheme, alongside M&E engineers Jonathan Richards Associates , structural engineers Curtins and acousticians JRA Acoustics.  Eversheds and Presence Marketing are also providing specialist advice, while the shortlisting process for the main contractor is under way.

The building, which is prominently located on Harborne High Street, has long been part of the neighbourhood’s fabric and identity. Built in 1891, it first housed the local school before taking on a number of different uses, most recently as an adult learning and community centre. This is the first time in its history that the building will be comprehensively and sympathetically restored in this £5.5 million project.

Neil Edginton, managing director of EDG Property, said: “We know how important our high streets are, playing a vital role in supporting the local economy and as part of the community. Harborne is already home to a number of successful, independently owned businesses and we now have the opportunity to breathe new life into this beautiful, but derelict, Victorian building and add to this vibrant neighbourhood.

“This is a really special and important project for us and for Harborne and the surrounding areas – we must get it right. Announcing our professional team and starting enabling works are major milestones for the project and announcing our dream team is a great way to end the year. It sets us up to hit the ground running with construction early in the new year and, when we confirm our main contractor, we can press ahead with work onsite and hit our target to start tenant fit-out towards the end of the summer.  We all want to enjoy the new public square next Christmas.”

The plans for the scheme include restoring the original building and converting it into restaurant units and a cookery school. The designs incorporate many of the historical Victorian features of the Grade II listed building while adding a new contemporary building at the rear of the old school playground where the residential element will be located. The old and new will wrap around a central courtyard and public square.

Bob Ghosh, K4 Architects, said: “This is a golden opportunity to mesh old and new, bringing a local landmark back into community use and developing a building that is fit for purpose as well as being somewhere people want to spend their leisure time.

“Our designs are focussed on creating a “heart” at the centre of the scheme with a new publicly accessible courtyard in the footprint of the original school playground. This will provide a focal space for outdoor eating, speciality markets and seasonal events.”

Italian eatery Prezzo, which is teamed with signature chef Aldo Zilli, and local restaurateur Chris Kelly’s Metro Continental will be opening at The School Yard within the next 12 months. Kitchen School, a community cookery school, has also been secured. This foodie heaven will offer regular classes catering for the beginner cook through to artisan courses for cheese and bread making as well as drop-in cookery clubs and food/ drink related events.  EDG Property will be announcing more new tenants early in the new year.

Phase two of The School Yard will be unveiled after Christmas and will include the residential element of the scheme. It is anticipated that it will comprise a small number of high specification, new build apartments.