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It’s been an exciting week at The School Yard with work commencing on EDG Property’s residential building with Spectus Construction having been awarded the £2.1m build contract for phase 2 of the Harborne scheme.

The Worcestershire based Spectus Construction is all set to deliver the final part of this successful mixed-use development with a contemporary zinc building home to thirteen boutique apartments, duplexes and townhouse. It will be the first of its kind locally and shall sit alongside the oasis of the new £1/4m private square and period charm of the clock tower buildings.

Andy Griffiths of Spectus Construction said, “We are delighted to have been awarded the building contract at The School Yard.  We specialise in building boutique schemes and we look forward to bringing our skill-set to Harborne.  We have already met the immediate neighbours and have presented to the Harborne Business Association.  Next step is to set up the site compound and start the ground works, both of which have started this week.”

Build completion is scheduled for Autumn next year and around two-thirds of the homes at The School Yard are already sold off-plan.

Developer Neil Edginton of EDG Property said, “With the fit out of Harborne Food School now underway and our partners Prezzo, Boston Tea Party and Urban Coffee Company all open for business, the interest in The School Yard continues to grow. We now turn to Spectus Construction to deliver our vision for the residential and look forward to watching the new building take shape.”

For all reservation enquiries, please contact selling agent Centrick on 0121 347 6116 or email andy.butts@centrickproperty.co.uk.

EDG Property’s Neil Edginton is delighted to announce the latest office letting at The Cube to Divitie Capital. Birmingham’s 25-storey landmark will be Headquarters for the leisure based fund, offering a stunning business address in the very heart of the city.

The letting kick-starts the latest of lettings at The Cube after a new office floor on Level 8 has been created to cater for the growing demand.  Since launching the ‘Elevate to Level 8’ offering at The Cube, the majority of the floor is either now let or in solicitors hands.  Only one small office unit remains within this mix.

John Griffiths of GBRPB said “The Cube is the ideal place for businesses to base themselves being conveniently located near the Business District and just a 5 minute walk from New Street Station.  Clients continue to be impressed by the stunning architecture and the fantastic facilities on offer within the building.”

This world class building not only offers prime office space but benefits from 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. Office suites can be tailored to suit individual business needs.

Neil Edginton said “’The Cube is now almost fully let and has cemented itself as the place to be seen; whether you are a business looking for a stylish HQ or a place for corporate entertaining.”

For all office enquiries please contact Neil and the team at The Cube Management Suite on 0121 654 9400.

“To produce a pastiche of the original buildings would have diminished the originals and diluted their brilliance.

To differentiate between those building elements which contain the living accommodation and those parts which make up the circulation spaces, we have lifted the homes off the ground so that they float as two matt black boxes over the ground floor, which is clad in contrasting red-brown coloured timber. The boxes have then been pulled apart to create an open walkway.

Windows in walls generally appear black or dark grey when viewed during the day. This can help add interest to an elevation, can produce rhythms and movement, but it can also weaken a strong form. In this case we wanted the windows to be as invisible as possible within the overall composition and to blend in with the walls which surround them, so we selected the black zinc as the ideal cladding material. The projecting windows and the cut-out terrace are macro-interventions into the black zinc skin which add further visual interest without eroding the purity of the primary forms. The joints in the zinc material are in a semi-random pattern so that the black floating boxes are given a texture, a relief which helps break down the scale to a smaller module.

The timber by contrast has been used in the parts of the building envelope that will come into contact with the body. An inherently tactile material, the wood makes a fantastic contrast with the more precise, machine-like qualities of the zinc.

The route from the main entrance into the open walkways is filled with visual interest. A combination of light, glimpsed views and beautiful materials will make these spaces a joy to use.”

Prior to the final sales release of apartments at The School Yard, all interested parties are urged to contact selling agent Centrick Property on 0121 347 6116 or email andy.butts@centrickproperty.co.uk to register interest.

Successful local businesses serving their local community will always be at the core of any effort to help the modern High Street survive and thrive.

Over the past two years, during my work at The School Yard, I have come to know many High Street retail shop owners and to relish the fabulous food and drink of ‘The Harborne Mile.’ But the customers who are the food and drink of retailers don’t appear magically overnight. A high street needs to promote itself.

And that’s where the Harborne Business Association, or HBA, can help. It’s becoming a popular association with more and more businesses seeing the value of joining. The HBA has worked hard with our local authority partners to become the recognised voice of business for the area. We are a non-profit organization and our committee members are trustworthy, reliable and professional.

Forging that kind of relationship has enabled the HBA to access grant funding from Birmingham City Council. Part of this funding is going towards an upgrade of the website and a bi-monthly email newsletter to HBA members to help companies keep in touch and promote local events and news.

We are actively looking for more revenue streams. We are also bidding on funds to improve signage for Harborne as well as access to car parking. It’s important to make a high street safe and secure for shoppers and we are getting the Retail Radio system back up and running. We now have control of the system thanks to Cllr John Alden and HBA committee member Elaine Cunningham, of the Harborne Retail Crime Prevention Initiative, and passed us their surplus funds.

For this to really succeed and to grow and attract future investment, we need memberships. This is a great opportunity for the businesses of Harborne to promote their offer – and I would urge people to join. I think it’s fair to say that Harborne hasn’t promoted itself as well as neighbouring suburbs such as Moseley and Kings Heath. It’s time for that to change and the HBA is there to support you and to promote Harborne in the local community and to visitors further afield – all customers that ultimately we rely on for business. 

CONTACT: Mary McGarry (Mulberry Lettings) HBA Membership Secretary T: 0121 426 3951

(Words courtesy of Phil Brown of Harborne, Edgbaston & Moseley Life)

The Boston Tea Party staged a memorable early evening party to mark the opening of their 15th café-bar at The School Yard in Harborne. 

Following a ten-week build, the new café unit has been transformed into a beautifully designed space that can seat 100 guests inside, with a further 50 outside in a private walled garden at the Grade II listed landmark. The walled space used to be the garden of the Victorian school building’s headmaster’s house.

The opening has created 43 jobs, and over its first weekend BTP ran three invite only sessions in which over 350 local residents and businesses experienced the café bar whilst giving the new employees an opportunity to complete their training.

Sam Roberts, managing director of BTP, said: “It’s great to be finally opening! Following the opening of our existing café-bar in Birmingham city centre in 2012, our customers have been suggesting we look at the surrounding areas too.

“We’ve been searching for suitable locations and buildings, and Harborne fitted the bill perfectly. The School Yard is a great scheme with bags of character and enables us to have an outside seating area, which we were very keen on.

“The transformation that the unit has gone through is incredible and we hope everyone enjoys the finished café. We’re very proud of it.”

The £5.5 million School Yard project, a development by EDG Property, is already home to Urban Coffee, Prezzo and the Harborne Food School, which is due to open later this year.

Neil Edginton, managing director of EDG Property, said: “This is another great name for Harborne and shows yet further confidence in Birmingham generally.

“Boston Tea Party is a great brand and adds strength to the mix of operators already open. This is the fifteenth site for Boston Tea Party and the first to have extended opening hours, from 7am to 11pm each day.

“We are really proud of The School Yard and are now extremely focused on the new contemporary residential building at the scheme, which will start on site in the coming months.”

The Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Cllr Shafique Shah, said: “I am absolutely delighted to be here at this amazing School Yard venue.

“I have only been Lord Mayor four weeks and this is my third visit to Harborne. First I re-opened a Lloyd’s pharmacist, then an estate agency and now I’m here.

“I am delighted that Boston Tea Party selected Harborne. Businesses like this are the lifeblood of the local economy and I’m sure it will encourage more people to eat, drink and shop here.”

(Words courtesy of Phil Brown of Harborne, Edgbaston & Moseley Life)