Birmingham has always been an interesting place architecturally. Back in the 1950s and 60s Herbert Manzoni’s masterplan pushed forward the inner ring road and redevelopment of the city core which paved the way for the Bull Ring the current New Street Station and Birmingham Central Library. He famously did not believe in the preservation of old buildings and as such many were lost. Regardless of whether their replacements had similar architectural merit or not, there is an argument that this development significantly contributed to the city’s economic development at the time, and also that his brave methods have continued to this day within the City Council.

Birmingham is not afraid to embrace bold architecture, and is brilliant at delivering the big statement buildings. The new Bullring and the Selfridges Building, the new New Street Gateway, the new Library of Birmingham, The Cube, all are indicative of a city that is not afraid to push boundaries. And whilst this is to be celebrated, again in the name of growth and development, it should not be to the detriment of the ‘sense of place’. A city is as much about the streets and places in between these landmarks as it is about the special buildings themselves. Looking at ways to preserve and enhance the fabric of the city, to stitch together the architecture and spaces, is crucial in pushing Birmingham forward and making it a place where people want to work, live and visit. We believe this will be just as important to the economic growth of the city in the future as the buildings themselves. So just like a fine piece of tailoring, let’s invest in the quality of the stitching and not just in the flashy lining.


With thanks to Greg Willis, Partner at Make Architects who has worked closely with Neil Edginton  since 2005 on The Cube development. Make is a studio of architects and designers committed to designing buildings, spaces and places which are as striking and innovative as they are socially, economically and environmentally responsible. Founded by Ken Shuttleworth in January 2004, the practice has already established itself as one of the UK’s foremost architectural firms.  Make delivered the Retail Birmingham Design Strategy, one of the component parts of Phase 2 of the Big City Plan, as a working guide as to how the streets and spaces within the Retail Birmingham Business Improvement District can be enhanced to attract new retailers, shoppers and businesses as well as improve wayfinding and linkages across the city.

EDG Property Managing Director Neil Edginton has been invited to speak at the IPF Midlands Board Annual Drinks Reception to be hosted this evening at The Laurent Perrier Champagne Bar of Marco Pierre White’s Restaurant at The Cube, Birmingham.

Neil, also Director at The Cube, will be sharing his experience of bringing a landmark building to life through challenging times. His audience will be the Investment Property Forum (IPF) recognised as the leading UK property investment organisation for individual members. It comprises an influential network of senior professionals all active in the property investment market.

To find out more about IPF visit

When buying a new car you don’t think twice about choosing the model, colour and interior specification; you configure your purchase to suit you and that’s exactly the opportunity EDG Property is presenting, to ensure your ultimate apartment is found at The School Yard, Harborne. It’s great for those who don’t like compromise and let’s face it; you always want to put your own stamp on any new home you buy.

With the historic Clock Tower standing central to the scheme, The School Yard will host amazing dining experiences with the likes of Prezzo and Metro Bar & Grill already signed. Food School Kitchen will deliver artisan cookery, showcasing the work of best local chefs and world famous University College Birmingham. The Headmaster’s House is being returned to its former residential glory and the derelict playground will be transformed into a new public square. And, it’s overlooking this urban oasis that the handful of extra-special apartments at The School Yard will be found.

Situated in a contemporary new build, on two residential levels, with secure access, lift, glazed atrium, allocated car parking and the benefit of an on-site property manager. As for the number of bedrooms, floor layout and specification, well you will be able to have your say!

“I believe this is the first time this truly flexible approach has been offered in Birmingham” said EDG Property’s Neil Edginton. “It’s a chance to work with award winning architects, K4, to bespoke your actual apartment layout, not just choose the colour of the wall tiles! You are not buying a ‘shell’; every apartment will be fitted out to the highest standard by our team and handed over to the new owner having been customised. It’s an extremely exciting opportunity for anyone looking for their dream apartment in Harborne.”

Harborne is widely recognised as one of the most desirable places to live in the West Midlands. Here you can enjoy the high life of Birmingham city centre, just 3 miles away, yet still retain a sense of village atmosphere. The redevelopment of this heritage building in such a prime location will provide cul-de-sac living in close proximity to established retailers including Marks & Spencer, Waitrose, Sainsbury’s and Boots.

“The availability will be limited and restricted to early off-plan sales,” said Neil. “We do appreciate that this ‘design your own’ experience may not appeal to everyone, so there will be a select number of boutique, pre-planned and pre-designed 1 and 2 bedroom apartments also released. All will enjoy a superior specification and some will have winter gardens. The choice is yours!”

The apartments are not yet released at The School Yard and with no more than 10 apartments anticipated for this new address; it really is first come, first served. EDG Property will be hosting an off-plan sales event for pre-registered parties in the coming weeks.

To register your interest and to avoid disappointment, please email with your full contact details. Alternatively, for more information visit

The magazine of the Royal Institute of British Architects claims that “you can’t have good buildings without good clients” and credits EDG Property as one of the top 10 clients! We are delighted.

Read what Neil Edginton has to say in the September 2012 issue of the RIBA Journal

The more time we spend at Sandfields Barn, the more we learn about the village’s past and present. Here are just a few interesting findings about Luddington that conclude with where to enjoy a cold beer after a hard day’s work on site!


  • There is evidence to suggest that William Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway in the original church of Luddington in 1582, which was then burnt down and replaced in the 19th century
  • Descendants of Anne Hathaway, namely John Hathaway and his son, were tenant farmers of Luddington’s Manor Farm from 1706-1775
  • The oldest building in the village is part of Boddington Farm, the easternmost building in the village dating back from 1600
  • In Luddington you will find a 17th century lock, a village green and a recently refurbished village hall originally built in 1953
  • Stratford Racecourse which neighbours the village has hosted steeplechasing since 1755


  • Luddington is situated only 2.68miles (4.31 kilometres) from Royal Shakespeare Theatre
  • The Countess of Evesham, the popular 70ft restaurant cruiser, travels down the River Avon from Stratford upon Avon  to Luddington and back by day and night
  • Stratford Racecourse, neighbouring the village, has won awards for the care of its track and is among the top flight of Britain’s’ smaller racecourses
  • Luddington hosts several annual events including Christmas Eve carols on the village green and a summer fete
  • Neighbouring Welford on Avon is home to the nearest pub, The Four Alls, a quintessentially English countryside pub with a gorgeous riverside aspect