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March 8th, 2008, 11:38 AM
13 flats and ground floor architects' studio in 4 storey block.
Developer: PCPT Architects Ltd
Architects: PCPT Architects Ltd
Status: Under Construction with completion planned for autumn 2008
Planning ref: C/01716/05/FUL
Award winning Birmingham based architects PCPT are building their new offices plus thirteen apartments above at the heart of the City's Jewellery Quarter.
With completion planned for autumn 2008 the apartments - ranging from one bedroom units to a very special penthouse - will include energy saving technology, a high level of contemporary design features within flexible layouts together with on site car parking. It's own large pedestrian square - The Kathleen Dayus Square - is proposed in front.
The building is designed with the architect’s very bold double height offices on the ground floor with the two principle floors of residential above, plus the penthouse. Car parking, the lift and stairs are accessed off Northampton Street.
The Pre-Assessment calculations for BREEAM Eco Homes and Offices indicate that an “excellent” criterium can be achieved.
March 8th, 2008, 12:51 PM
Didn't have a clue where Spencer Street was so looked it up on Google Maps (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=Spencer+St,+Birmingham,+West+Midlands+B18,+United+Kingdom&sll=54.162434,-3.647461&sspn=11.721712,29.882813&ie=UTF8&cd=4&geocode=0,52.489097,-1.910917&ll=52.489059,-1.91109&spn=0.001486,0.003648&t=k&z=18). It turns out to be right opposite the Jeweller's Arms.
Construction is well underway, going by the construction photos (http://www.spencerpoint.co.uk/onsite.htm) on their web site.
March 8th, 2008, 01:18 PM
I don't like the look of it really. But good to get a thread up for this! :)
March 8th, 2008, 03:01 PM
I've seen better renders elsewhere, but im not really a fan.
March 8th, 2008, 03:27 PM
It looks OK to me . I like the colouring .Not too keen on the buildings directly behind it though !
March 8th, 2008, 04:22 PM
It only looks 3 floors to me (Ground,1,2,3):?
March 8th, 2008, 06:22 PM
As ground is double height I counted it as 2
March 8th, 2008, 06:27 PM
March 8th, 2008, 06:31 PM
At least it will help disguise that ghastly block of flats behind it.
March 10th, 2008, 05:36 PM
Haha, this looks shit. How can "award winning" architects come up with something so crap, especially for their headquarters? Its not exactly a good advertisement for their services is it.
March 10th, 2008, 05:45 PM
Not great stuff but at least it's a decent bit of infill. Having said that, you'd expect better from an architect building their own offices maybe. It's a bit bland. But I think it might look better in the flesh. At least it's definitely being built however!
March 10th, 2008, 05:47 PM
^^ Hmmm. The incisive, insightful architectural views of Smysticed there folks. I just read my post back to myself, and realised I changed my opinion of it about 5 times in as many sentences. :crazy:
March 10th, 2008, 06:14 PM
I like it. The render doesn't do it much justice though.
March 10th, 2008, 06:19 PM
I do like the way they have returned to the shape of the old building.
March 10th, 2008, 06:33 PM
It appears to have very good environmental credentials and although the visuals aren't great but I think it's sits well with the surrounding historic buildings and fabric of the JQ.
I'm of the opinion that it's very good and it makes a change from the usual identikit tat springing up across the city
July 29th, 2008, 08:37 PM
A few months too late...
Work begins on Jewellery Quarter’s greenest gem
Jul 24 2008 By Steve Pain
Work has started on what is claimed will be Birmingham’s ‘greenest’ mixed-use development in the heart of the city’s historic Jewellery Quarter.
City architects PCPT is constructing its new headquarters at the Spencer Point development, along with 13 apartments aimed at the environmentally conscious buyer.
Work is expected to be completed in November on the transformation of the former F Marson and Sons jewellery manufacturers at the junction of Spencer Street and Northampton Street.
The apartments, which range from one bedroom flats to a penthouse – will include the infrastructure necessary to introduce the very latest energy saving technologies.
As a result, the building will be the first in the city centre to feature green engineering and future proof technology features such as sun pipes to lobbies, heat transfer, stack and wind powered ventilation, rainwater recycling, solar panels and a green roof.
The company is aiming the development at younger, more environmentally conscious people with the aim of creating a thriving ‘community’ at Spencer Point.
David Mahony, architect and director of PCPT, said: “Spencer Point gave us an opportunity to not only create a sophisticated residential unit but also to incorporate some of the latest green technologies.
“The sort of people who want flats like these are also the ones who have one eye on environmental issues and we would welcome as our neighbours.
“But it’s important to remember that not only does this play its part for the environment, but it also helps to cut energy costs.
“We’ve had this kind of development in mind for some time but now it is particularly appropriate that we can start to pioneer this sort of development in Birmingham, setting the trend for others to follow.
“Spencer Point is our opportunity to reflect the practice’s commitment to design excellence and green issues.”
It is hoped that, once complete, the development will include its own pedestrian square – the Kathleen Dayus Square, in tribute to the Birmingham-born author which could be the final stage in a proposed Kathleen Dayus Trail around the Jewellery Quarter.
The company celebrates its 50th anniversary next year having been established in West Bromwich before moving to its current base in Vyse Street.
The firm employs 17 staff and turns over around £850,000 per year.
PCPT has a proud tradition of working on high-profile projects including the Phoenix Initiative in Coventry, Camden Village in Birmingham and the masterplan for the historic Far Gosford Street area in Coventry.
As well as most of the Midland local authorities, PCPT has also worked with Advantage West Midlands, the Environment Agency and private sector clients such as Hilton, Sapcote and Calthorpe Estates.
July 29th, 2008, 08:43 PM
We wouldn't expect anything else from the Post ;)
shame one of us can't be a researcher for them. Maybe they have stuff to get through in a pile and run a month behind.
July 29th, 2008, 11:09 PM
So who lives in the Jewllery Quarter and wants to go take a photograph for us? We could send it into the Mail/Post whatever saying how impressed we are with the progress since their article the other day. lol.
September 13th, 2008, 07:25 PM
September 13th, 2008, 07:47 PM
hmmm not sure about it
September 13th, 2008, 07:57 PM
First time I've looked at this thread. My honest opinion is that it looks awful! Possibly the biggest pile of crap I've ever seen.
September 13th, 2008, 08:21 PM
Oh for fucks sake, are those terracotta tiles?
September 13th, 2008, 08:37 PM
Well it at least matches the render :|
September 13th, 2008, 08:58 PM
I saw it too today and I think it looks very smart in person. It doesn't look as warm as it does in the pictures. Thumbs up from me, especially as it really does blend with the surroundings!
September 14th, 2008, 11:47 PM
Typical. You wait ages for an update and then two come along at once!
September 15th, 2008, 12:04 AM
September 15th, 2008, 03:48 AM
I have to say the mixing of brick and terracotta panels does look quite weird.
September 15th, 2008, 12:18 PM
I preferred it multi coloured (first render) or the blue brick/grey terracotta (second)...not so keen now...seems they have played it safe...very dull
September 16th, 2008, 02:30 AM
I still like this one and drove past it the other day. Fits in nicely with the scale of the Jewellery Quarter
October 7th, 2008, 05:45 PM
awful cheap looking tat. looks like its been designed on an etch-a-sketch then coloured in by a 4 yr old