Dec 2014

Harborne clock tower development The School Yard sold

The clock tower building in Harborne has been sold in an undisclosed deal after being redeveloped in the depths of the recession. City firm EDG Property has sold the first phase of The School Yard development to asset management company Avignon Capital. The scheme at the Grade II-listed Victorian former school, famous for its clock tower, is now fully let but EDG Property director Neil Edginton said it had been a major turnaround from when he first unveiled the scheme in a depressed property market in 2012. He said: “It has been a really interesting project, and it has worked out …read more

Sep 2014

Spectus start construction at The School Yard

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, …read more

Aug 2014

BPN Architects on the vision for The School Yard residential in Harborne

“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, …read more

Jul 2014

New cafe that’s full of character

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 …read more

Jul 2014

Success for The School Yard homes

EDG Property is delighted to report that the first release of homes at The School Yard, presented at last week’s launch event, sold out! Only five properties now remain at Harborne’s iconic scheme, which are yet to be released. Located in a contemporary zinc building, designed by award-winning architects Bryant Priest Newman, the boutique apartments and duplexes will offer fashionable open-plan living. Complete with individually designed contemporary kitchens featuring granite worktops, designer bathrooms, a stylish mix of natural stone and timber floor finishes, video entry, many with roof terraces and secure parking, plus lift access. Selling agent Andy Butts of …read more