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Old May 6th, 2011, 11:36 PM   #1
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Digbeth Cold Storage | Beorma Quarter | 3 fl. | Renovation

I thought I'd create a separate thread for this first phase of the Beorma Quarter development. Let's keep this relevant to just the Cold Storage building and keep all questions about the rest of the development to the project thread here.

Right then, here are some bits and bobs about the building and what we'll be seeing.

Digbeth Cold Storage building
Built: 1899-1900
Protection: Grade II listed status.
Original architect: Ernest C. Bewlay
Renovation architect: Trevor Horne Architects
Developer: Salhia Investments

Plan: Conversion into 'Innovation Centre' with B1 office space on the upper floors and either retail, restaurant or bank on the ground floor.
Planning application: 2009/00295/PA (for entire Beorma Quarter development)

This is how the phase fits in with the rest of the development:


Pictures of the building in October 2009, courtesy of Ell Brown.

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Digbeth Cold Storage by ell brown, on Flickr

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Digbeth Cold Storage by ell brown, on Flickr

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Digbeth Cold Storage by ell brown, on Flickr

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Digbeth Cold Storage by ell brown, on Flickr

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Digbeth Cold Storage by ell brown, on Flickr

And pictures of the site in April 2011, courtesy of Feltip.


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And here are some plans from the planning application. I apologise if any images are a bit big.

Proposed basement plan:


Proposed ground floor plan:


Proposed first floor plan:


Proposed second floor plan:


Proposed third floor plan:


Roof plan:


Cross-section:


Sections and elevations:


A close up of the changes between the existing elevations and proposed elevations:
Southwestern elevation


Northeastern elevation


Perspective renders:




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Old May 7th, 2011, 12:32 AM   #2
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Very nice!, It's good to see all those images of the design together!
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Old May 7th, 2011, 10:35 AM   #3
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Im so glad there restoring this, really fantastic building and just what we are looking for in Digbeth.
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Old May 7th, 2011, 12:01 PM   #4
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As they are going to have retail, restaurtant, bank or whatever on the ground floor, what a pity it is cut off from the BullRing
complex by busy roads (Digbeth, Park Street). This will reduce people flow from the BullRing to these retail outlets.

Now they are building Spiceal Street it would be great if the "traffic fee" concept could continue all round the church so it
was pedestrianised all round.

I know this is difficult (or almost impossible to do) but if the traffic that runs round the "back" of the BullRing could be pushed
slightly further South that would be great. I realise buses may still need to go down there, but they could reduce the number
of cars.

Perhaps round the back of the huge Wholesale market site, down say Barford St, Meridan St, to New Canal St and Eastside.

I have said for months that since they removed that section of the Ring Road by New St station to build the BullRing people
now use the narrow roads round the market area, the hippodrome, China quarter etc as an unnofiicial "ring road" and it totally
spoils the area.

While it was right to get rid of that section of the ring road, they never really planned a proper replacement or alternative, so
traffic still tries to "find" a ring road, and the "best" alternative is Hurst St, Upper Dean St, and Park St, all totally unsuited to
that volume of traffic.

Pushing the traffic half a mile South would really make that area round the Beorma Quarter much less of an "island" and more
part of the BullRing complex.

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Old May 7th, 2011, 12:23 PM   #5
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Hmm... not keen on the dead street frontage. More work should have been done here to make the building look more friendly - Not really impressed but it's good to see it coming back to life though.
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Old May 9th, 2011, 10:50 PM   #6
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Thanks Erebus for reusing my photos. Saves me from reposting them!
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Old May 10th, 2011, 03:46 AM   #7
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No worries, I just wanted to get a complete overview of the project in the first post (as I try to do with all the threads I start), so it seemed worth putting up your photos just to show how it looked before, with Feltip's showing work getting going.


I think is going to be overly very positive. It won't stick out like a derelict sore thumb, but I do hope something gets placed on the Digbeth High Street elevation just so it doesn't look like any old industrial building. I can understand why they wouldn't put a door in on the elevation as it would affect the original aesthetic and there may be a few run-ins with the conservation bunch.

Some people on here may remember the original proposal when Beorma Quarter first hit the press where the roof was to be replaced with a bubble-like structure like The Sage in Newcastle, to compliment Selfridges. Interesting to read through the Design & Access statement on the planning application which explained that this was removed due people at the council questioning the point of it. I can't help but think it would have given it some sort of quirky identity.

Nevertheless, I think this is a strong sign of commitment by Salhia to the project, as the renovation looks incredibly good quality. This will not reap major economic profits for them, it's a clear long-termist approach.
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I think that they should have put some large windows in on the digbeth side, otherwise it won't really make a difference.
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I think that they should have put some large windows in on the digbeth side, otherwise it won't really make a difference.
They probably were not allowed to change the outside look of the building too much.
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they have haven't they?
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they have haven't they?
They have what?
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oh right i think its fine to be honest
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put windows in the digbeth elevation
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Oh, yeah but only in the original openings. What they were referring to was installing a door in the elevation so it appeared to be more of a permeable building.


The Orwell Place elevation will see the most changes and this is only possible with the demolition of the boiler house (which isn't protected) alongside this.
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Little bit of history of this building here:

http://www.britishlistedbuildings.co...d-store-123-13

Surprised it was not listed till 2006 (maybe that is when someone showed an interest in it being knocked down).

Does anyone know why it was built where it was? Was it because it was near the original bull ring markets?
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Yeah it was most likely to serve Smithfield Market on the other side of Moat Lane. And I think it was sold in 2006.
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Little bit of history of this building here:

http://www.britishlistedbuildings.co...d-store-123-13

Surprised it was not listed till 2006 (maybe that is when someone showed an interest in it being knocked down).

Does anyone know why it was built where it was? Was it because it was near the original bull ring markets?
Where about was Orwell Passage?

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Former Ice Factory and Cold Store 123-135, Birmingham

Description: Former Ice Factory and Cold Store 123-135

Grade: II
Date Listed: 9 January 2006
English Heritage Building ID: 493738

OS Grid Reference: SP0747086538
OS Grid Coordinates: 407470, 286538
Latitude/Longitude: 52.4767, -1.8914

Location: Orwell Passage, Birmingham B5 6BH

Locality: Birmingham
Local Authority: Birmingham
County: West Midlands
Country: England
Postcode: B5 6BH
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997/1/10433 DIGBETH
09-JAN-06 123-135
Former ice factory and cold store

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Ice Factory and Cold Store. Designed in 1899 by Ernest Bewlay for the Linde British Refrigeration Company and completed in 1900, by which time Bewlay had joined Cossins and Peacock of Colmore Row. Red brick with a slate roof. Four storeys and a basement.
Exterior: The front to Digbeth Road has a distinct architectural treatment. There are 10 bays: At ground floor level these have semi-circular relieving arches and the 7 bays at left are blind but at right the 3 metal-framed windows have cambered heads. The first floor is blind, but the second and third floor windows are paired and the third floor has lunettes, save to the 2 right-hand bays which are blind. The left flank abuts No. 135 Digbeth. The right flank has 2 shaped gables with a loading bay to the ground floor which has a raised platform and 4 iron columns with bollards. The second and third floors here have a wall arcade but no windows. To the tops of the gables are large circular air inlets. A wall to ground floor level at right has been demolished and the 1937 Goad Insurance plan of the site indicates that this is probably where the boilerhouse chimney once stood. The rear has the boilerhouse at right with arched heads to the metal-framed windows and pilaster buttresses and a louvre to the roof.
Interior: the building has a tall ground floor and lesser height to the three upper floors. The loading bay is at the eastern end of the building, giving onto a courtyard which is entered from Digbeth and Orwell Passage. Immediately behind are a staircase and two lifts leading to each floor. The floors are supported by a grid of evenly spaced iron columns with moulded caps supporting steel beams. At each level there are 4 main chambers. These have heavy, insulated doors and the walls and ceiling are lined with wood panelling behind which is cork insulation. There are metal ducts of rectangular section across the ceilings, which are also covered with cork insulation and boxed-in with wood panels. To the top of the building there are replaced fans which circulate cold air. The roof structure has been replaced to the original pattern.
Opposite the loading bay, on the other side of a courtyard, is a lower building with shaped gables housing the office, stores and canteen, built in 1920 to designs by Cossins, Peacock and Cooke, which is not included in this item.


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This next bit is from Pesvner Architectural Guides: Birmingham

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A former cold store of 1899 by Ernest C. Bewlay, impressively funcitonal with something of H.H. Richardson's Romanesque in its deeply chamfered paired windows with lunettes above.
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Internal shots showing the refurb work courtesy of iamsilverfox:

http://www.28dayslater.co.uk/forums/...ad.php?t=60756
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Walked past this site on my way to work this morning and there were workmen on site.
Maybe some action at last after a few months of nothing.
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