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Old May 29th, 2010, 10:37 PM   #1
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iCentrum | Birmingham Science Park, Aston | 117,272 sq ft | Completed

Birmingham plans £40m IT research centre



Birmingham council is to spend £40m on four new buildings at Birmingham Science Park in Aston.

16/03/10 2:10 pm By Nick Johnstone

The 117,272 sq ft development will form the first part of a new Innovation Village, which will focus on IT research and development, under plans launched at the MIPIM conference in Cannes today.

The largest building will total 46,069 sq ft and is being named iCentrum. This will be connected to three smaller buildings via a ground-level colonnade walkway.

Dr David Hardman, managing director of the Science Park, said: “The development of our new Innovation Village will be the cornerstone of our plans to build Birmingham Science Park Aston’s global reputation through the next decade.

“We are owned by Birmingham City Council, but we also look to work in partnership with the Council to help shape and drive its innovation agenda within the Big City Plan.”

Mike Whitby, leader of Birmingham City Council and chairman of the Science Park, said: “I am determined to see it grow and become an even more successful story, akin to other Council-owned assets like the NEC.”

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Old May 31st, 2010, 08:23 PM   #3
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Thanks for the thread.

The 'village' is being masterplanned and designed by Archial Group (they designed 45 Church Street, for example) with Scott Wilson Group.
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Old May 31st, 2010, 09:20 PM   #4
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I didn't know about this.

On one of the pictures on the link, it appears to be to the left of the Digbeth Branch Canal here

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Old February 3rd, 2011, 10:41 PM   #5
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Is this the iCentrum site (part of it)?

No change on this land so far

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What was this site between Holt Street and Love Lane used for?
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Birmingham Science Park Aston is looking for a partner to help it create a £35million ‘Digital Plaza’ next to its current site in the city.

The Digital Plaza – which will, subject to planning, be developed next to the Park’s Faraday Wharf building – will comprise four state of the art buildings, specifically designed for the new generation of hi-tech companies.

Speaking at the MIPIM property conference in Birmingham where the plans are set to be unveiled this week, Coun Mike Whitby, leader of Birmingham City Council and chairman of Birmingham Science Park Aston, said the scheme played to Birmingham’s strengths.

He said: “I am delighted to be announcing at MIPIM that we are commencing the process to deliver the proposed £35 million Digital Plaza.

"We will be using the conference as a platform to initiate conversations with national and international developers, contractors, investors and consultants.

"We then anticipate that formal proceedings to begin the selection process will commence, with a view to work potentially starting on site by late 2012/early 2013.


"This will be a highly exciting and progressive development for Birmingham’s burgeoning digital economy.”

Dr David Hardman MBE, CEO of Birmingham Science Park Aston, added: “We are driving forward with our business strategy to make Birmingham Science Park Aston a world-leading science park, fit for 2020 and beyond.

Many of our initiatives and partnerships do not rely on us developing new buildings, but we need to respond to our tenants’ needs and the considerable uptake in space here in the past 12 months.

In order to remain competitive, we must create buildings which are specifically designed for companies in the hi-tech and digital gaming sectors and for the digitally savvy founders of these ventures.

It is these knowledge-based businesses which have the potential for high growth and will be a key factor in driving our economy out of recession.”

The four proposed Digital Plaza buildings will provide a total gross area of 10,895 sq m (117,272 sq ft) of space, with the first building - iCentrumTM – being the largest at 4,280 sq m (46,069 sq ft).

BSPA’s tenants represent a cross-section of some of the UK’s most innovative sectors, producing creative solutions for industry and the public sector.

Dr Hardman, Coun Whitby and Neil Crockett, managing director of Cisco London 2012, will deliver a presentation about the proposed Digital Plaza and the Science Park Without Walls initiative in Cannes, on Wednesday.



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Old March 15th, 2011, 01:33 AM   #7
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The existing Faraday Wharf building at Birmingham Science Park Aston

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Old August 1st, 2011, 11:39 PM   #8
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BUMP!!!

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Enterprise zone to fast-track £35m Digital Plaza
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Birmingham Science Park Aston (BSPA) is set to accelerate its timescales for developing its £35m Digital Plaza, Insider can reveal. The park is now seeking a joint venture partner after the government approved the designation of the site within the Birmingham and Solihull LEP’s enterprise zone.

The enterprise zone confirmation, which was given late last week, means BSPA will fast-track the timescales for the development, with a planning application now expected in spring 2012.

Subject to planning, construction work could commence in September 2012.

The enterprise zone will be span 64 acres from Birmingham city centre, the government confirmed on Thursday (28 July).

Dr David Hardman, chief executive of Birmingham Science Park Aston said: "Since announcing plans for the £35m Digital Plaza earlier this year, we have been overwhelmed with the response from prospective joint venture partners, as well as potential future occupiers. This development is so greatly needed as a beacon of Birmingham’s innovation agenda.

"We are confident of being able to deliver the first phase of the Digital Plaza speculatively, which is unheard of in this market. The enterprise zone designation will help to make this a reality."

The Digital Plaza will be developed next to the Park’s Faraday Wharf building. It will comprise four buildings, specifically designed for accommodating hi-tech companies.

The four proposed Digital Plaza buildings will provide a total area of more than 100,000 sq ft of space, with the first building - iCentrum - expected to be about 40,000 sq ft.

Councillor Mike Whitby, leader of Birmingham City Council and chairman of Birmingham Science Park Aston, said: "We are driving forward with our business strategy to make Birmingham Science Park Aston a world-leading science park, fit for 2020 and beyond. Many of our initiatives and partnerships do not rely on developing new buildings at the Park, but we need to respond to tenants’ needs and the considerable uptake in space here in the past 12 months.

"In order to remain competitive, we must create buildings which are specifically designed for companies in the hi-tech and digital gaming sectors and for the digitally savvy founders of these ventures. As the Prime Minister has stated in his announcement about Enterprise Zones, it is these knowledge-based businesses which have the potential for high growth and will be a key factor in driving our economy out of recession."
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Old August 2nd, 2011, 09:14 AM   #9
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positive news....
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Old August 17th, 2011, 11:08 AM   #10
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Brum to build Digital Plaza on spec

Lisa Pilkington 16/08/2011 16:35


Birmingham council is to develop speculatively the first phase of its £35m Digital Plaza hub at the Birmingham Science Park in Aston (BSPA).

The council unveiled its plans in March this year's MIPIM event in Cannes. Since then it has been in talks with a number of potential joint venture partners and occupiers. A preferred partner will be announced by the end of this year.

Dr David Hardman, BSPA's chief executive, said: "We are confident of being able to deliver the first phase of the Digital Plaza speculatively, which is unheard of in this market. The Enterprise Zone designation will help to make this a reality."

Subject to consent, the digital plaza will comprise four new buildings totalling 117,000 sq ft and will range in size from two buildings of 17,500 sq ft each, alongside a 36,000 sq ft and 46,000 sq ft scheme.

The bigger buildings are expected to appeal to larger companies as headquarters-style facilities. The buildings will be linked by a colonnade walkway on land fronting on to Holt Street and will be located next to the park's existing Faraday Wharf complex.

A planning application will be submitted next spring.
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More news from EGI:
Brum seeks partner for digital hub
Lisa Pilkington 17/11/2011 08:05

Birmingham council is seeking a joint venture partner to help bring forward a £35m Digital Plaza hub at Birmingham Science Park Aston.

The council wants a partner to undertake funding/investment, design and development, construction, facility operation and management for the development, which will provide 117,000 sq ft within four buildings.

The earmarked site's enterprise zone designation will help the project through an accelerated planning process, as well as business rates relief. Subject to planning, construction work could start speculatively on the first 40,000 sq ft iCentrumTM building in September 2012. A planning application will be submitted next spring.

The buildings will be linked by a colonnade walkway on land fronting on to Holt Street and will be located next to the park's existing Faraday Wharf complex.

BSPA is the gateway to Birmingham's digital district and to the Eastside learning and knowledge quarter.

The closing date for initial expressions of interest is 23 December.
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Old February 5th, 2012, 06:57 PM   #12
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anyone registered with property week for the full article? I'm guessing it will have some dates in there

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Birmingham Science Park’s digital evolution
03 February 2012

Wrenbridge, Vinci Construction, Thomas Vale, Muse, Bruntwood and Trebor Developments with Hortons’ Estate are all thought to be vying to become Birmingham Science Park Aston’s development partner for the park’s next phase, Digital Plaza.
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Old July 2nd, 2012, 11:50 AM   #13
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Spec back as Brum picks partner
By Lisa Pilkington | Office | 02-07-2012 | 07:00 | Print



Thomas Vale Construction is to develop Birmingham's first speculative office scheme since 2008.

The firm beat bids from Bruntwood and a partnership between Trebor Developments and Hortons Estate to become council-owned Birmingham Science Park's jv partner on the £35m Digital Plaza.

Plans include 120,000 sq ft of office and R&D space in four buildings. The first building, the 30,000 sq ft iCentrum, will be funded by the jv. The other three buildings will be built on a prelet basis. Plans for iCentrum will be lodged later this summer. GBR Phoenix Beard is advising.
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Good to hear this still going on,

Can we expect construction to start not long after approval?
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Yes, if everything goes to plan ,work should commence before the end of 2012 .
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From Construction Enquirer:

Thomas Vale wins race for £35m science parkGrant Prior | Mon 2nd July | 7:24

Thomas Vale has been chosen to develop the latest £35m phase of Birmingham Science Park.

Birmingham City Council chose the winner from a shortlist of Bruntwood, Thomas Vale Construction, and a Trebor Developments/Hortons Estate consortium after 80 organisations has originally expressed an interest in the project.

The latest building at the park for hi-tech companies will be known as iCentrumTM.

It will be built speculatively and become the first purely speculative office development in Birmingham for four years.

The first building has an estimated construction cost of £7.5m and will take 12 months to build.

The Science Park’s flagship Faraday Wharf building, which was completed in 2001, will be upgraded and linked to iCentrumTM via a first floor bridge.

A detailed planning application for the 30,000 sq ft iCentrumTM building, together with an outline application for the rest of the 120,000 sq ft Digital Plaza development will be submitted later this summer.

Subject to planning approval, work will start on site before the end of this year.

Sir Albert Bore, Leader of Birmingham City Council said: “Investment into Birmingham Science Park is one of the City Council’s key objectives. It is critical that we support entrepreneurial talent, diversify our economy and create new high value jobs.

“Now 30 years old, the Park’s reputation for success is growing on an international stage, and the Digital Plaza development will ensure the innovation spotlight is shone on this city.”

Dr David Hardman MBE, CEO of Birmingham Science Park said: “As the economy continues the slow climb out of recession, it is tremendous news that Thomas Vale Construction’s proposals will enable us to deliver the first Digital Plaza building speculatively, while also linking with – and investing into an upgrade of – our flagship Faraday Wharf building.

The Digital Plaza will be financed through a Special Purpose Vehicle, which will secure the funding for the first building.

Subsequent buildings are likely to be built-out on a pre-let basis, unless improved market conditions – or the level of success from the iCentrumTM building – allows for further speculative development.

Tony Hyde, Managing Director of Thomas Vale Construction said: “Having such deep roots with Birmingham, we are proud and excited to have been selected to deliver this partnership project.

“Teamwork, ethical delivery, innovative design, local job creation and modern methods of construction will be the key principals of the development of the Digital Plaza, which will quickly become a symbol of Birmingham’s ambitions as an entrepreneurial city.

“It will bring together agile and smart working environments with the business incubator culture that is already being developed at Birmingham Science Park.”
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From Business Desk:
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Thomas Vale secures Digital Plaza contract

WORCESTERSHIRE constructor Thomas Vale has been selected by Birmingham City Council as its joint venture partner in the development of Birmingham Science Park’s new £35m Digital Plaza scheme.

The company has beaten off competition from more than 80 firms across Europe to land the prestigious contract.

An innovative funding model will enable the first Digital Plaza building - iCentrumTM - to be built speculatively, ending Birmingham’s four-year drought of speculative office development.

The Digital Plaza scheme is being financed through a Special Purpose Vehicle, which will secure the funding for the first building. The subsequent units are likely to be built-out on a pre-let basis, unless improved market conditions - or the level of success from the iCentrum building - allows for further speculative development.

The city council said the Thomas Vale funding model would enable the science park to retain full long-term control of its interests, assets and objectives.

The first building has an estimated construction cost of £7.5m and will take 12 months to complete.

The science park’s flagship Faraday Wharf building, which was completed in 2001 will also be getting an upgrade and will be linked to iCentrum via a first floor bridge.

A detailed planning application for the 30,000 sq ft iCentrum building, together with an outline application for the rest of the 120,000 sq ft Digital Plaza development will be submitted to the council later this summer. Subject to planning approval, work will start on site before the end of 2012.

Sir Albert Bore, leader of Birmingham City Council said: “Investment into Birmingham Science Park is one of the city council’s key objectives. It is critical that we support entrepreneurial talent, diversify our economy and create new high value jobs.

“Now 30 years old, the park’s reputation for success is growing on an international stage, and the Digital Plaza development will ensure the innovation spotlight is shone on this city.”

David Hardman, CEO of Birmingham Science Park said: “As the economy continues the slow climb out of recession, it is tremendous news that Thomas Vale Construction’s proposals will enable us to deliver the first Digital Plaza building speculatively, while also linking with - and investing into an upgrade of - our flagship Faraday Wharf building.

“To think that work could start on site before the end of this year is very positive, as it is imperative that we meet the needs, aspirations and work patterns of the city’s rapidly growing number of talented and innovative tech entrepreneurs.”

The Digital Plaza will be one of the first buildings to be built in Birmingham’s new city centre Enterprise Zone. The move means future occupiers will benefit from measures such as superfast broadband and business rate relief.

Tony Hyde, Managing Director of Thomas Vale Construction said: “Having such deep roots with Birmingham, we are proud and excited to have been selected to deliver this partnership project.

“Teamwork, ethical delivery, innovative design, local job creation and modern methods of construction will be the key principals of the development of the Digital Plaza, which will quickly become a symbol of Birmingham’s ambitions as an entrepreneurial city.

“It will bring together agile and smart working environments with the business incubator culture that is already being developed at Birmingham Science Park.”
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Be interesting to see what this looks like.....
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I've seen the presentation. It's very, very smart.

The design team behind is it from a university I believe. One of the block is jaw dropping if built in that way!!
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