Creative juices are flowing this week at The School Yard following the launch of EDG Property’s architectural design competition for the new-build residential aspect of Harborne’s Clock Tower scheme.

The School Yard judging panel, having conducted a series of interviews, shortlisted five architectural practices of which three proceeded to second-round assessment and two have been invited to pitch for the design of Phase 2 of this landmark destination.

EDG Property was delighted to brief professional firms ADP and Bryant Priest Newman Architects who are now working towards mid-point interviews and then final concept presentations on 6th December.

The new-build residential block will accompany the existing Grade II Listed building and overlook the former school playground which is already open as a new public square.

The School Yard judging panel comprises of EDG Property Directors Neil Edginton and Mark Holden, Gareth Edwards of Faithful + Gould, Richard Twist of JRA, Matthew Woodhall of Curtins and Phil Brown of the Edgbaston & Harborne News.

Neil Edginton said “The level of interest in The School Yard and overwhelming support from the local community has made us even more determined to deliver a new building that Harborne can be proud of and moreover, one that we totally believe in.

We approached Birmingham-based firms who have a proven track record for professionalism and delivery but most importantly, know and love Harborne.  We are looking forward to welcoming on board a creative partner who complement the existing School Yard team.”

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