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We are seeing an increase in demand for rental properties in the UK City Centres and Birmingham is certainly no exception, it is ironic that in this post Brexit time we are becoming more European in our life style and experiencing a real shift in attitude towards residential renting.

As a nation, we now realise that renting does not actually mean a compromise in our standard of living, a great example of this is the new development right in the heart of the city centre by award winning developer EDG Property, in partnership with LaSalle Investment Management.  New Street Chambers, is a sympathetic conversion of the former Royal Birmingham Society of Artists building.  Situated adjacent to Victoria Square, this character building has been transformed into 19 luxury, designer, one and two bedroom apartments.

Neil Edginton, Managing Director at EDG Property, commented, “We are really pleased with the luxury finish achieved at New Street Chambers and with the increase of applicants in the rental market we are already seeing huge demand for these designer apartments.”

Edd Fitch, National Director at LaSalle Investment Management, said, “By converting the upper floors to residential we have been able to add significant value to New Street Chambers. The work has been carried out to a high standard which has been successfully received by potential tenants.”

Ideally located to attract the professionals who are relocating due to the influx of corporate multi nationals moving to the UK’s second city such as HSBC and Deutsche Bank.  Relocations spurred on by the city’s vastly improved infrastructure and the demand from those seeking to escape the London housing market and who want to be minutes from all the amenities Birmingham City Centre has to offer including: brand new Grand Central, designer city centre retailers, the host of fine dining options including Michelin star restaurants, Purnell’s and Adams as well as the endless nightlife on offer in the city.

Centrick Property is very pleased to have been instructed to let these highly desirable apartments and anticipate a huge demand with people wanting to reserve quickly to be sure not miss out.  The main launch, open day will be held on Saturday 3 September and is expected to be booked up very quickly.

Andy Butts, Group Sales and Lettings Director at Centrick Property commented, “We’re finding that city living is becoming extremely popular in the Birmingham rental market as more and more blue chip companies relocate. Convenience and a high standard of living is key for professional tenants and New Street Chambers offers just. It’s great to be working with EDG Property again with another fantastic development following our work for EDG at The Cube and The School Yard.”

“Offering an executive standard of living each apartment has been refurbished to a high standard and offers stylish Porcelanosa kitchens, integrated appliances, open plan living/dining areas and inset bay windows. Residents benefit from the city living feel of the development.”

These uniquely impressive apartments are available to rent exclusively through Centrick Property. For more information or to arrange a viewing, call the team on 0121 347 6116 (option 1) or email birmingham@centrickproperty.co.uk

The second phase of The School Yard which has already won a string of top awards has now received international recognition for its innovative metal cladding.

The residential development in one of Birmingham’s most desirable suburbs includes 13 units including one, two and three bedroomed apartments in a block that is clad in anthracite zinc.

The scheme is the only project of scale in the city to utilise the material which took eight weeks to administer as it has to be worked by hand to create the desired crafted finish.

The detailed finish to the main building – which was designed by Birmingham architects Bryant Priest Newman – was key to it recently winning a coveted RIBA award with EDG Property also scooping the region’s Client of the Year award.

The zinc was supplied by VMZINC and the project was entered by them into the international bi-annual Archizinc Awards which saw 158 projects submitted for consideration from 18 countries.

From these, 37 projects were shortlisted with The School Yard the only project from the UK. EDG Director Neil Edginton said he was delighted to see the project being considered alongside some major international projects.

He said: “The School Yard has already been recognised by RIBA and RICS as an exemplar of its kind in the region so it is fantastic that it is now being considered much further afield and against celebrated projects that eventually went on to win such as the new Museum of Fine Arts in Oviedo and a Rogers + Partners residential scheme in Taiwan.

“We are a design led developer who wants to create beautiful spaces and places and working with architects like BPN is a pleasure as they share the same ethos.   The School Yard is very much a testament to our shared beliefs.”

A project to transform a prime city centre office into 19 luxury apartments is on course to launch at the end of the year.

New Street Chambers is an EDG Property development project for LaSalle Investment Management and will see the creation of a range of one and two bedroomed apartments just seconds away from the new Grand Central development in the heart of Birmingham.

As well as being some of the best located apartments in the city with views along Birmingham’s main shopping street, they will be of the highest specification with features including Porcelanosa kitchens and bathrooms across the whole scheme.

The apartments will be released to rent over the coming month or so with occupation likely in September. EDG Director Neil Edginton is confident that there will be strong demand for the apartments.

He said: “There remains a significant demand for quality city centre apartments in Birmingham and we are confident that this scheme will attract high interest levels due to the quality but also the rare opportunity to live so close to New Street Station, the Central Business District, the Council House and Town Hall.

“This is an exciting opportunity for EDG to work with a great team and add some real long term value to a fantastic building on New Street that will undoubtedly set a new benchmark for city living in Birmingham.”

Edd Fitch, National Director, LaSalle Investment Management said: “This redevelopment demonstrates our ability to add value to assets in core locations around the country. EDG Property creates award winning residential apartments and we are very pleased with the progress to date.”

Architects on the project are Warwick-based Corstorphine + Wright who were recently recognised by Architects’ Journal as one of the UK’s fastest growing practices at their AJ100 awards while the main contractor is AOC Contracts.

A collection of new homes set to bring a touch of ‘Grand Designs’ to a major Northamptonshire development have been given the go-ahead by planners.

The 23 homes are being developed by EDG Property at Priors Hall Park in Corby, a settlement that will see the creation of 5,000 new homes with schools, shops and offices around stunning parkland over the coming decade.

The majority of homes on Priors Hall Park are being developed by national house-builders such as Barratt, David Wilson and Taylor Wimpey while EDG Property is planning to develop a series of bespoke clusters throughout the scheme.

The first 23 houses have been designed by Birmingham-based Bryant Priest Newman Architects – who designed the RIBA Award-winning second phase of The School Yard – and are inspired by the Accordia housing development in Cambridge which won the prestigious Sterling Prize for architecture in 2008.

The three-storey houses will have flat roofs with double aspect terraces overlooking the park, wildlife nature reserve and lake and EDG director Neil Edginton said they will be amongst the highest specified houses on the Priors Hall Park development.

He said: “Priors Hall Park is an incredibly successful development with houses selling before they are even built and we are delighted that local planners have seen the merit in our proposals which we believe will make an exciting contribution to the scheme.

“These houses are located along the edge of the wildlife park and their location and superb specification will allow buyers to truly embrace the ‘park life’ ethos with design features including boot rooms, log burners and racks to hang bikes in all the garages.

“We are very excited to be working with BPN again after the success of our previous collaboration at The School Yard and once again they have produced a scheme that makes a strong design statement and will set a very high benchmark at Priors Hall Park both in terms of the overall aesthetics and the experience of those that eventually live in the properties.”

Construction work is set to begin on site later this year with the first properties set to be released for sale off-plan this summer.  Anyone interested should register with EDG Property, by emailing info@edgproperty.co.uk,  to ensure they receive details for the first sales release.

The ongoing transformation of Birmingham’s premier mixed use development has been boosted after securing a national coffee shop brand as its latest new tenant.

Fort Dunlop is currently undergoing a major multi-million pound overhaul following its acquisition by a fund managed by Tristan Capital Partners in partnership with EDG Property with a view to enhancing the facilities for the 2,500 workers at the scheme and encouraging more retail and leisure visitors.

Costa is set to open a coffee shop later this summer in the newly refurbished atrium and a deal has also been done with a popular food operator that will be announced soon. The lettings follow the remodelling of the scheme’s retail offer and EDG director Neil Edginton said there were likely to be further additions to its portfolio later in the year.

He said: “Completing the atrium works earlier this year at Fort Dunlop has given the transformation project a real momentum and attracting tenants of the quality of Costa is a reflection of its strengthening reputation and is fundamental to our commitment to creating an environment that attracts and retains the best quality office tenants.

“This year alone we have secured half a dozen lettings from both new and existing tenants and there is now very little office space left at Fort Dunlop, but our aspiration is to create a scheme that is not just place to work but is also a thriving destination in its own right where people want to come and spend their free time.”

The development plan includes a range of other initiatives which has seen the schemes Travelodge hotel fully refurbished and the 1,100 space car park already improved with further improvements planned.  The icing on the Fort Dunlop cake will be a new spectacular conference space on the roof, with views back to the city centre and beyond.