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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.

The residential phase of The School Yard has won yet another award just days after scooping a major prize for its architecture.

The second phase of the project in Birmingham’s Harborne district scooped Residential Project of the Year at 2016 RICS Awards – West Midlands, the second time the scheme has been honoured by the leading property organisation.

In 2014 the first phase of The School Yard – which saw the transformation of the creation of a new social hub including new restaurants, a coffee shop and food school on the site of an old Victorian school – won the Commercial Project of the Year award at the same event.

The second phase of the project, completed at the end of last year, has seen the construction of 12 high spec apartments and a townhouse which were designed by Jewellery Quarter-based architects Bryant Priest Newman and last month won not just a coveted RIBA Award but saw EDG Property also presented with RIBA’s Client of the Year award.

Both phases of The School Yard have now collectively won six separate awards – phase one also won a Civic Society Renaissance Award while EDG picked up an FBE Client of the Year Award for the scheme – and EDG director Neil Edginton said recognition from the two most important professional organisations in the sector was more than he could have hoped to achieve at the beginning of the project.

He said: “RICS and RIBA represent two quite different strands in our industry and so for this project to be the only one in the region to be recognised by both in the same year really is testament to the fantastic job done by all the team involved in The School Yard from day one.

“Creating fantastic places is what drives EDG property and while we are proud of all of our projects, whether they have won awards or not, The School Yard certainly sets an important benchmark for us in terms of delivering a project in harmony with its surroundings, of the highest design and build quality and making a truly valuable contribution to its location.”

Other winners at the event, which took place at Aston Villa Football Club, included the Grand Central and Birmingham Gateway project which won the Project of the Year award.

All the winning projects at the event will now go forward to the RICS Awards Grand Final 2016 held in London on October 14. The School Yard has also been put forward for a National RIBA Award, the winners of which are announced in June.