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Work is set to begin on an exciting new phase of work at Fort Dunlop that will play a key part in transforming the iconic building.

The 300,000 sq ft mixed use building was acquired last summer by a fund managed by Tristan Capital Partners, in partnership with EDG Property, and the new owners have already been busy on various external works including a complete rebranding and upgrading its car parking offer.

A series of works are planned over the next couple of years to significantly upgrade the building – which is home to almost 3,000 workers and businesses such as Capita and Trinity Mirror Midlands – and the next phase will see £380,000 spent on redeveloping the main atrium space.

EDG Property founder Neil Edginton, said this was an important part of the overall vision as it was the most visible part of the building.   He said: “Urban Splash did a great job at Fort Dunlop and brought back to life one of the region’s most recognisable buildings after more than two decades standing idle, but this is the next phase in a really exciting new chapter for the building.”

“The aim is to create an entrance befitting of an office building that boasts an impressive roster of tenants from the NHS to Capita to Trinity Mirror and businesses with client bases that include some of the world’s biggest corporations.”

“We want to introduce more light into the space and we have also moved the management office to a different floor to improve the F&B offer and we are very close to securing a fantastic new tenant which I know will be welcomed by everyone in the building.”

For all enquiries please contact EDG Property on 0121 654 9494.

EDG Property has established a new construction arm to build out the second phase of its award-winning School Yard development in Birmingham.

EDG Build has initially been created to build out the new homes in the Harborne scheme but director Neil Edginton said it also reflected the aspirations of EDG Property.

He said: “The speed of sales at The School Yard has surprised even us and all 13 of the properties have all be sold off plan, so the most important thing is that we are able to deliver the project to our customer’s satisfaction.”

“The construction market is incredibly hot at the moment and good contractors who can take on a job of this nature and deliver it on time and on budget are quite difficult to come by, so we decided that creating our own main contractor arm was a sensible step.”

“Also we have significant aspirations to move on to even larger projects both in the Midlands and further afield and EDG Build means we can establish a team that we trust and who have bought into the EDG philosophy.  Ultimately we will have much tighter control on our projects going forward.”

EDG Build has already made a number of senior appointments including Gareth Edwards who has joined as commercial director from Faithful & Gould and Lee Williams who has been appointed as site manager.

Phase 2 of the School Yard – which will see a mix of apartments, duplexes and a townhouse constructed over 37 weeks and to be completed this Autumn – follows the successful completion of Phase 1 which included the refurbishment of adjoining school buildings that have become a coffee shop, restaurants and community food school.

The first phase recently won a Birmingham Civic Society 2014 Renaissance Award where EDG Property was praised for “fully embracing” the heritage of the original School Yard building and its Grade II-listed clock tower while creatively bringing back to modern and interesting uses.

Judges said the bars and restaurants, which had taken space at the development, had “enlivened Harborne High Street and given it a new lease of life”.

There is a real touch of class about this three-bedroom duplex for sale in Harborne. It is the only residential unit left available in the conversion of The School Yard on the High Street. Dominated by the Grade II listed clock tower, the former 19th Century Board School is a familiar sight to locals.

This duplex is actually located on the second and third floor of the zinc building that will sit along the new private square- once the school playground.

The School Yard is a development in two parts. In Phase 1 the existing buildings were refurbished and are now host to restaurants, a coffee shop and a community food school. Phase 2 will be home to 13 homes- a mix of apartments and duplexes and a townhouse- now under construction.

All residences quickly sold off plan and now, the final unit has just been released. It will comprise three double bedrooms and a bathroom on the second floor. The master bedroom will also have a dressing room and ensuite bathroom. On the third floor there will be an open plan living/kitchen/dining room.

Luxury touches in the unit will include an individually designed kitchen and bathrooms, fitted wardrobes to the bedrooms, a stylish mix of natural stone and timber floor finishes, bi-folding doors out to a private roof terrace, video entry ad secure parking with lift access. Guide price £375,000.

For all enquiries, please contact selling agent Centrick Property on 0121 347 6116.

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EDG Property is delighted to announce that The Cube is now fully Let having signed a further 1000 sqft of office space to leisure based fund Divitie Capital whose Headquarters are already in occupation at this landmark Birmingham address.

This deal marks the completion of Level 8, the new office floor that was created to cater for the growing demand, and ultimately the final commercial signing for the world class building.  The focus now turns to a handful of boutique apartments at The Cube which are currently for sale.

Having led the development, EDG Property’s Neil Edginton has gone on to be instrumental in delivering premium brands to the city and securing award winning office tenants at The Cube. On the final commercial letting Neil said; “With the mix at The Cube now complete, 2015 is set to be as exciting a year at The Cube as it is for the wider city of Birmingham.”

The Cube proudly offers prime office space, a state-of-the art health and fitness club, a boutique hotel, skyline champagne bar, luxury residential, a mix of stylish restaurants and the UK’s largest automated car park.

Divitie Capital will commence fit out on Level 8 in January.

The UK’s most innovative property management company, Capital Properties, has secured a prime spot in an entertaining ITV2 documentary The Office Xmas Party to showcase their dynamic approach to events, experiential marketing and installations for the property sector.

Capital Properties, which has a place in the Top 100 Great Places to Work, offers unique placemaking services in addition to service-led property management. Through its Capital Life arm, which has more than doubled in size this year, Capital Properties transforms places into destinations by creating and delivering dynamic events on behalf of clients to enhance their commercial assets.

The documentary, which airs on Wednesday 17th December at 9pm, follows the Capital Life team as they prepare, plan and execute their riskiest and most ambitious internal event ever. Hosted on the roof of Birmingham’s iconic Fort Dunlop building, the Christmas party has been a top-secret project for seven weeks bringing together two spaces under an icy woodland and Narnia-inspired theme.  A giant tepee with log fires and Yuletide merriment will transform one half of the roof, while a lavish igloo nightclub will dominate the other half.

The team has gone above and beyond what is ordinarily expected of a ‘traditional’ property management company to demonstrate their creative approach and company values, from measuring the daily wind speeds on the roof to dressing their company van as a Santamobile.

Mark Burgess, Managing Director of Capital Properties, comments: “Our Christmas party will show that we are a property management company with a difference, putting personality back into property.

“We offer our clients unique placemaking services and what better way to showcase our expertise, than through taking part in a documentary that celebrates some of the most extravagant and innovative Christmas events in the UK.

“We pride ourselves in helping our clients establish a sense of place and identity for their assets and believe that our approach to property management will shake up the property sector.”

Capital Properties currently manages over five million sq. ft. worth of commercial space across the UK, including Fort Dunlop. Its rapid growth has also seen the appointment of former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan as Leadership & Development Director, as well as the extension of the Manchester-based team with the opening of new offices in London and Birmingham.

For more information about Capital Properties, visit www.capitalpropertiesltd.com or call 0161 827 1700.