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A new architect has been commissioned to take forward a landmark Coventry scheme following a successful design competition.

Warwick-based Corstorphine+Wright – the architects behind EDG Property’s successful New Street Chambers residential scheme in the heart of Birmingham – have now been commissioned to transform Coventry’s famous old Co-op building in the heart of the city.

EDG Property acquired the vacant building – which was a much loved department store for more than half a century before it was closed by the Co-op – along with the neighbouring Hawkins Building.

Prior to the building being locally listed, an initial feasibility study looking at potential options for the building was carried out by Ken Shuttleworth’s MAKE Architects before EDG Property held a design competition to find an architect to take the project through to planning with a view to converting the buildings into an exciting residential apartment led mixed use development with retail, café bars and restaurants at street level.

EDG Property managing director Neil Edginton said the scheme would offer something new for the centre of Coventry and compliment a raft of development currently taking place in the Midlands city.

He said: “Coventry is undoubtedly a city on the up with the success of Coventry University particularly driving a huge amount of student-led development in the city centre but also initiatives such as the £300m City Centre South project and the proposed new leisure centre are going to really get the city buzzing in the coming years.

“We looked at a range of potential uses for this fantastic post war building and felt that with its city centre location, there was undoubtedly a gap in the market for a high quality apartment development with a ground floor leisure offer, to capture the footfall between the city’s thriving Belgrade Theatre and its main shopping area.

“We are delighted to be working again with Corstorphine + Wright on this project and looking forward to seeing our vision for the building becoming reality in due course.”

A detailed planning application is set to be submitted to Coventry City Council next month.

A £500,000 investment project is set to bring a market-leading 24-hour health and fitness club to Cannock town centre. Anytime Fitness will open at High Green Court before Easter, generating up to 10 new full and part-time jobs.

Heading up the project is franchisee Ash Sajid, who explained why Cannock was targeted as a key location for the leisure club. He said: “Although Anytime Fitness is a global brand, we like to think of each centre as a community club. Cannock is a nice town where people interact and take care of each other, with a strong community spirit, so it was pinpointed as a place that would suit our business model. High Green Court is the perfect location, right in the heart of the town.”

Work is expected to start on transforming the 5,580 sq ft. former Dunelm Mill building this month, with an anticipated launch of the fitness centre around Easter Time.

Ash added: “We are really looking forward to launching the club and will soon be announcing how the first local people to join up can benefit from discounted memberships. Anytime Fitness is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week , 365 days a year, giving its members the convenience to work out, whenever it suits their busy lifestyle

“As well as cutting-edge strength training and cardio equipment, the new club will offer personal trainers to advise on smart exercise programmes and inspire members to reach their desired fitness targets. Anytime Fitness is a refreshingly different fitness club.”

Neil Edginton, Managing Director of EDG Property at High Green Court, said: “Anytime Fitness will be a fantastic addition to the leisure environment of Cannock, bringing its refreshing approach to health and fitness as well as creating much-needed jobs for local people.

“With more than 106 clubs in UK and over 3000 clubs worldwide, we are delighted that the company has chosen High Green Court as its newest location and look forward to welcoming its staff and members.” And best of all, when you join one club, you join them all, because your access key will give you access to any club worldwide.  The addition of Anytime Fitness marks the start of our wider improvement plans for High Green Court.

High Green Court, on Newhall Street in the heart of Cannock town centre, offers a selection of high street names and specialist shops, restaurants and bars, with a secure car parking available from just £1 per hour.

To find out more about Anytime Fitness Cannock and information on memberships, please call 01543 62 42 60 or visit www.anytimefitness.co.uk

EDG Property has again shown its support for the region by partnering with two different stands at the upcoming MIPIM property show in Cannes.

The wider Midlands will have its largest ever presence at the annual event and EDG have signed up as partners with the Midlands Engine delegation as well as the Coventry & Warwickshire stand.

The Midlands Engine is made up of the 11 Local Enterprise Partnerships across the West and East Midlands and will promote the region’s development opportunities from a 200sqm pavilion – one of the largest at the event.

As well as the Midlands Engine delegation, the region’s sub regions will also be represented on separate stands and EDG Property is also supporting Coventry & Warwickshire which will be at MIPIM to highlight a number of key schemes and future investment opportunities.

EDG Property director Neil Edginton said MIPIM remained a key event in the property calendar and felt it was a great opportunity to not only back the region but also promote the EDG brand to an international audience.

He said: “In terms of bringing together developers, investors, agents and architects, there is no other property event in the world quite like MIPIM and it has been an event that I have either attended or supported throughout my career.

“While EDG Property has projects throughout the UK, the Midlands and particularly Birmingham and Coventry are key cities for us at the moment with a number of live projects so I was delighted to back both stands at this year’s event as a reflection of the fantastic job they will be doing to promote the region to such a key audience.

“While EDG currently operates in the UK, we are working with some major international funds on a number of schemes so MIPIM is also a great opportunity for EDG Property to continue to build its profile as we look to future projects.”

A city centre project to transform a former vacant office building into luxury flats has been launched – with every apartment already let.

The scheme by award-winning EDG Property and LaSalle Investment Management has seen the creation of 19 high specification one and two-bedroomed apartments just seconds away from Birmingham’s Grand Central and the historic Town Hall.

New Street Chambers on New Street is EDG Property’s first Private Rented Sector (PRS) scheme and director Neil Edginton said the development was an exciting addition to the company’s growing portfolio.

He said: “New Street Chambers offers a unique residential opportunity in the heart of Birmingham and our faith in the project has been borne out by the incredible response we have received that saw each of the apartments let before the project was completed.”

EDG Property worked with Warwick-based architects Corstorphine + Wright on the 20,000 sq ft project that saw the transformation of a vacant suite of first and second floor offices into some of the city’s most desirable city centre apartments.

Retaining the building’s Victorian character, each apartment was fitted with Porcelanosa kitchens and bathrooms, open plan living space and inset bay windows with views along New Street.

New Street Chambers is one of a number of projects that has seen EDG Property breathe new life into historic Birmingham buildings, having recently won a coveted RIBA award for its transformation of a former Victorian school in Harborne into a successful mixed use development.

EDG Property was also awarded RIBA’s Client of the Year award and Neil said the projects EDG Property is working on reflected a passion for creating exciting and innovative developments where others may not necessarily see the opportunity.

He said: “Birmingham is blessed with a so many fantastic heritage buildings, many of which are either no longer fit for purpose or are in desperate need of some imagination to reinject some lasting value and bring them back into long term use.

“New Street Chambers is a great example of a really high quality building where we have been able to create something really memorable and the early interest and subsequent lettings validate our confidence in the scheme and hopefully reflect our growing reputation as a developer that is trying to bring something original to the market.

“This is our first project which we have developed specifically to rent as it is such a key site in the heart of the city and we are actively looking for further opportunities as we believe there is a strong market in Birmingham for this kind of development.”

EDG Property is pleased to announce the launch of their latest design-led scheme, High Priors. Working in partnership with award winning architect, the development will comprise 23 architecturally designed new homes on the Priors Hall Park development in the heart of Northamptonshire.

The bespoke collection of two, four and five bedroom homes combine the very best of town and country living in this unique setting. High Priors is situated on the south-western edge of the Priors Hall Park development and each home has been designed to capture the stunning views being created across the Northamptonshire countryside, as well as allow the homes to stand tall and proud over looking the park and lakes.

Each property at High Priors has been specifically designed to maximise light and space with a contemporary style. The homes benefit from expansive glazing, large roof terraces, family rooms as well as individually designed kitchens and bathrooms by Porcelanosa. Zoe Noyes, head of residential development sales for Savills in Stamford, comments: “The homes at High Priors will be a truly stunning collection of properties. What really makes them stand out, along with the architecture, is the exceptional standard of specification offered by EDG Property. There is nothing that hasn’t been thought about or incorporated into the design of the homes.”

Neil Edginton, Managing Director from EDG Property, adds: “We are thrilled to be bringing this development to the market. It will offer something very different to what’s already on offer at Priors Hall Park and will, in our view, be the first development to truly embrace ‘park life’ with contemporary design”

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