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Birmingham-based EDG Property is celebrating after scooping two regional RIBA awards after the winners were announced at an event in the city last week.

Considered the ‘Oscars’ of property design with the internationally acclaimed Sterling Prize eventually given to a project that initially wins a regional award, the RIBA is presented to around 50 projects around the UK every year.

At the event last night a RIBA was awarded to the second phase of The School Yard in Harborne – designed by Jewellery Quarter-based Bryant Priest Newman Architects – while EDG Property was also awarded the prestigious Client of the Year award for the West Midlands region.

The School Yard – which was described by RIBA as “bold and well-detailed” – was one of just four projects that received the RIBA in the region this year from a shortlist that had included the redesigned New Street Station and the Assay Office although neither received an award.

EDG director Neil Edginton said: “Our aspiration at the beginning of this process was that we wanted to create an award winning building and we have not been let down by BPN who excited us at the very beginning with their ideas and have now delivered something of which we are all incredibly proud.

“The RIBA is about design but also about delivery and about detail so this is very much an award for the whole team including the construction team and the craftsmen who worked with the wood and the zinc to ensure that the final product was true to BNP’s original vision.

“The Client of the Year award is very much the icing on the cake for EDG and means a huge amount as it vindicates our view that developers have a role and indeed a responsibility to enable architects to do what they are good at and that is designing great buildings while working hard to ensure that a scheme works financially.”

The second phase of The School Yard saw the construction of 12 apartments and a townhouse in two blocks linked by an open staircase and clad in anthracite zinc and Siberian larch. The first phase of the scheme, which won RICS and Birmingham Civic Society awards, saw the creation of a vibrant social hub with new restaurants, coffee shop and food school on the site of an old Victoria school.

Jury chair Jonathan Hines, said: “Choosing the winners was really tough. The shortlisted schemes were so diverse but I think we’ve been able to select four well-crafted and skilfully executed buildings.”

Regional winners will be put forward for the RIBA National Awards, with the recipients announced in June. Those collecting national awards will then be considered for the 2016 RIBA Stirling Prize.

 

LaSalle Investment Management (“LaSalle”), the global real estate investment manager, has appointed award-winning developer, EDG Property, to start work on transforming a collection of vacant offices into luxury apartments in the heart of Birmingham city centre.

EDG Property, whose award winning portfolio includes The School Yard in Harborne, will convert the former offices on New Street into 19 high specification one and two bedroomed apartments on behalf of Lasalle Investment Management.

Edd Fitch, National Director, LaSalle Investment Management said: “The office to residential conversion of New Street Chambers demonstrates our ability to add value to assets in core locations around the country. We have appointed EDG Property on this project because of its extensive expertise in this area of the market and its ability to create award winning residential apartments.”

Located just yards away from New Street Station and Victoria Square and above ground floor units that include a coffee shop and Office Angels, ‘New Street Chambers’ will offer some of the city’s best located apartments according to EDG director Neil Edginton.

He said: “As the main artery running through the heart of Birmingham, New Street is the city’s most important thoroughfare, so development opportunities like this are incredibly rare.

“New Street has evolved over the years but significant elements of its historic fabric still remain and New Street Chambers offers a unique chance to breathe new life into buildings that date back to a time when Birmingham was emerging as a Victorian powerhouse.

“The city is currently experiencing another golden period in its history with unprecedented investment currently transforming the city centre and this is driving an incredibly buoyant city centre apartment market.

“As well as having a fantastic address, these elegant apartments will be no more than a stone’s throw from Grand Central and John Lewis, the Town Hall and Colmore Row and it is hard to imagine a spot that better encapsulates the opportunities offered by city living in Birmingham.”

Main contractor AOC Contracts has been appointed to deliver the project while the design is by Warwick-based architect Corstorphine + Wright. The project is expected to be complete by the end of 2016.

The start on site of New Street Chambers comes as another EDG project, The School Yard in Harborne, has been shortlisted for a RIBA award, the most prestigious award in the property industry.

The second phase of the scheme, which included a zinc-clad development of luxury apartments, has been nominated alongside other West Midland projects including the recently transformed New Street Station and the former Birmingham Assay Office.

The first phase of The School Yard, which saw the transformation of the Grade II listed clock tower in Harborne into a thriving mixed use scheme with restaurants and a cookery school, won an RICS award as well as a Renaissance Award from the Birmingham Civic Society.

The second phase of The School Yard in Harborne has been shortlisted for a RIBA – the ‘Oscars’ of the property sector.

Designed by Jewellery Quarter-based BPN Architects, the project was the second phase of a mixed use scheme that had already won a string of awards for sensitively breathing new life into the long vacant Grade II Listed Clock Tower building in the heart of the popular Birmingham suburb.

The eight projects shortlisted for regional gongs also include the Assay Office in Birmingham and £600m transformation of New Street Station.

Jonathan Hines, chairman of the judging panel, said: “The jury was impressed by the overall standard of quality of the buildings submitted this year. The range of buildings, from residential projects to a major infrastructure scheme, was quite striking and made our job a challenging one. Congratulations to all who have been shortlisted and we look forward to announcing the winners in April.”

The regional winners will be announced on 28 April who be put forward for the RIBA National Awards, with those winners announced in June. Those collecting national awards will then be considered for the 2017 RIBA Stirling Prize, the world’s most prestigious prize for building design.

EDG director Neil Edginton said that just be shortlisted is a fantastic accolade for The School Yard and a great tribute to everyone involved in delivering the project.

He said: “When you look at the quality and scale of the other projects that have been shortlisted, it is hard to express quite how proud I am of everyone who worked so hard to turn our vision for this much loved but long neglected site into a reality.

“Our ethos is very much about pushing the boundaries and challenging conventional thinking and the design created by BPN and executed by our construction team has created an exciting new addition to the cityscape, which not only looks fantastic but has been a huge success, having all sold off plan.”

The second phase of The School Yard that has been nominated for the RIBA award saw the construction of 12 apartments and a townhouse in two blocks linked by an open staircase and clad in anthracite zinc and Siberian larch.

The first phase of the scheme, which won RICS and Birmingham Civic Society awards, saw the creation of a vibrant social hub with new restaurants, coffee shop and food school on the site of an old Victorian school.

Leading total quality management services provider to the automotive and aerospace industries, G&P has relocated its global headquarters to one of the most iconic sites in the Midlands.

The company is now based at the historic and highly-visible Fort Dunlop building, conveniently situated next to the M6 on the edge of Birmingham, at the heart of the UK’s automotive industry.

“In recent years G&P has experienced substantial levels of growth and our relocation to Fort Dunlop is a significant reflection of this ongoing success and expansion,” comments Dino Kyriacou, Chairman, G&P. “This is an incredibly exciting time for G&P, the relocation provides us with the additional space and capabilities that we require to accommodate our further growth.”

The 13,500 ft² space being taken up by G&P is located on the 4th floor of the historic building, providing ample office and meeting room space for the company’s 75 staff that will be based at its headquarters. In addition to the staff that will be based at its new HQ, G&P also employs a further 1300 staff members globally, helping manufacturing companies and their suppliers improve quality, efficiency and profitability.

Indeed, the company works closely with Jaguar Land Rover amongst others, whose Castle Bromwich plant is situated immediately next to the Fort Dunlop building. Arne Willerslev-Legrand, Group Managing Director G&P comments, “We expect that this closer proximity to our customers will further cement G&P’s position as the strategic partner of choice for the world’s leading vehicle and aerospace manufacturers.”

The Fort Dunlop building has undergone a significant resurgence itself in recent years. Originally built in 1916 as the main factory for Dunlop Rubber, it was at one point the largest factory in the world, and in 1954, employed more than 10,000 workers. Today, the modernised building is a hub of innovation and creativity, and alongside G&P, more than 40 businesses are located at the site as well as a host of retail and leisure outlets, eateries and even a hotel.

Neil Edginton, Managing Director of EDG Property, said; “Offering quality management services to the automotive and aerospace industries, G&P is an award winning and well respected company and we’re delighted they’ve chosen Fort Dunlop to relocate to. Our location once again proved key, and our proximity to a number of key automotive brands proved to be the ideal combination for G&P. We’ve got an incredibly dynamic mix of businesses based at Fort Dunlop now, it’s an exciting time to be part of this flourishing business community.”

For more information about the quality management services that will offered by G&P from its new Fort Dunlop base, visit www.gpqm.com.

A cluster of new homes being developed by EDG Property on a major new housing scheme are set to be designed by the same team behind the award-winning The School Yard in Birmingham.

EDG Property has submitted a planning application for 23 new units on the Priors Hall Park development in Corby, Northamptonshire, which have been designed by Birmingham based BPN Architects.

BPN is one of the city’s most innovative architect firms and designed the residential phase of The School Yard scheme in Harborne Village Birmingham, which was completed last year.

Priors Hall Park is one of the largest development projects in the UK, which will see more than 5,000 new homes, new schools, a retail hub and 1 million sq ft of commercial space developed around parkland over the next 10 years.

The majority of the houses 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 small clusters throughout the scheme, which will deliver a completely different offer for buyers.

EDG director Neil Edginton said: “Priors Hall Park is a high quality development that is creating an exciting new community in Northamptonshire, an increasingly popular part of the country with strong links into major employment hubs such as Birmingham, Milton Keynes and even the capital.

“Like any development of this scale, it is important that there is the right mix of housing and as part of that process EDG Property is working with BPN to create 23 really exceptional detached houses that will offer a variation in the context of the overall development.

“The architect-designed homes will be three storeys with key design elements including open plan living, large expanses of glass to maximise views and huge roof terraces overlooking the parkland. We hope they will be a welcome addition to the Priors Hall Park success story.”