Thamesis Asset Management, CBRE Global Investors
Back to frame comprehensive refurbishment of commercial offices within the noted Brindleyplace scheme
A Birmingham First
17-hectare canalside mixed use scheme that transformed the Westside area of Birmingham city centre when it was developed in the 1990s and 2000s by Argent. In 2019 10 Brindleyplace was slated for comprehensive redevelopment when the previous occupier vacated and will be the biggest project at the complex since its construction.
The ‘back to frame’ programme will combine 10 Brindleyplace with the adjoining 8 Brindleyplace, creating over 19,500sq.m of Cat A offices, with one of the largest available floorplates in the city at 2,500sq.m, and serviced apartments.
The redevelopment places a strong emphasis on occupier wellness and places building users at the heart, with customer experience and wellbeing central to the design approach. It will be Birmingham’s first office building to receive Fitwel accreditation, a standard that measures occupant health and wellbeing. Occupier amenities will include an on-site café, fitness facilities including a fitness studio and bouldering wall, cycle storage for 100 bicycles, electric vehicle charging, and two communal roof terraces.
A bold new brand and identity
In addition, smart building technologies will be deployed to provide real-time energy monitoring, enhance user experience, and enable the building to achieve a high WiredScore.
A full new façade will provide the building with a bold new identity to support its repositioning in the office market. It will enable the scheme to respond more positively to its Broad Street context (a key thoroughfare), where significant changes including the new West Midlands Metro line and adjacent building development is fundamentally shifting the perception of Broad Street as an address. It will also improve the thermal performance of the building to respond to the increasing importance of tenants’ concerns regarding environmental design and contribute to achieving BREEAM Excellent.
The building will have a bold new brand and identity, which is carried through all aspects of the interior styling. The striking new reception area will be the centrepiece of the new building, linked with a range of associated occupier facilities across the whole of the ground floor space.
When completed in 2022 it is intended to set a new benchmark for the reinvention of existing office space in Birmingham, with a high standard of fitout and a range of building amenities that rivals the very best office buildings in the region, raising the already-high bar.