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Old March 26th, 2015, 10:27 AM   #1
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Franklin House | Bournville | Refurbishment | Comp

Worthy of its own thread, should get some updates when underway


According to reports it starts in April


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BPN brief for conversion of Cadbury's Franklin House
26 March 2015 05:00 AM Tamlyn Jones
Jewellery Quarter architecture firm working with city developer Court Collaboration on renovation for former chocolate maker's HQ
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BPN Architects is working on the redesign of Franklin House to create an apartment block
Architecture practice BPN has been appointed to redesign the former Cadbury headquarters in Bournville into a host of luxury apartments.

The Jewellery Quarter-based firm is working with Birmingham developer Court Collaboration on the £16 million project to redevelop Franklin House into 79 one- and two-bedroom apartments, including four penthouse suites.

The project, which has been downsized slightly since it was unveiled last autumn, will see the 1960s commercial building, reputedly the birthplace of the Curly Wurly, rebranded as 'The Franklin'.

BPN Architects partner Richard Newman said: "By transforming a former office space, we have been presented with many design opportunities that we wouldn't have been able to factor into a new-build.


"We've been able to use the large floor plans to create a real sense of openness in each apartment while maintaining spacious bedrooms and including separate storage spaces.

"We're also retaining the high ceilings, adding a sense of opulence to the apartments, a feature unseen in new-builds due to the cost.

"We've also been able to look closely at the building to incorporate a large amount of the original features including its spectacular 'Festival of Britain' 1950s balustrade which spans the wide staircase."

Anthony McCourt, director at Court Collaboration, which purchased the building in a joint-venture with Hong Kong-based Headland Developments on behalf of its Chinese investors, said: "BPN Architects brings a huge amount of experience and vision to The Franklin.

"Richard and his team are using their experience of similar redevelopment projects to help us realise our vision to create beautiful homes in this important building."

Work on The Franklin commences in April and the project is due for completion in early 2016.

http://www.birminghampost.co.uk/busi...anklin-8919279
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This is the end result




http://courtcollaboration.com/project/the-franklin/
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Shaylor have been chosen as contractor for this one
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Shaylor bags £16m Cadbury HQ conversion


Aaron Morby | Wed 1st April | 7:21


Shaylor Group has picked up the job to convert the home of the Curly Wurly chocolate bar into flats.

The £70m turnover firm will refurbish the former Cadbury headquarters in Bournville into 79 one and two-bedroom apartments, including four penthouse suites featuring internal courtyards.

The property will subsequently be re-branded as ‘The Franklin’ when completed in a year’s time.
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The property will subsequently be re-branded as ‘The Franklin’ when completed in a year’s time.
Franklin, my dear, I don't give a damn.

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Old April 1st, 2015, 04:49 PM   #7
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Hopefully this can push for a bit of a makeover of Bournville station
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Old April 7th, 2015, 10:57 PM   #8
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Hoardings up and site cabins on this one, strip out underway, construction thread?
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Old April 16th, 2015, 06:15 PM   #9
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I walked past Franklin House this morning and took these two photos:-

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Old April 16th, 2015, 07:30 PM   #10
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Assume from your user name we can expect regular updates then ?
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I live about 3 minutes walk from Franklin House, so it's going to be the most convenient one ever to provides updates on!!
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Scaffolding now up at Franklin House:-

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Old June 18th, 2015, 09:48 PM   #13
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Is the car park up the hill either side still used by Cadburys? If not they should get some more resi and a park and ride set up for bournville


If they do a MSCP and a park and ride?
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I don't think the local Tory councillors would think much of those ideas at all They didn't want the Franklin House redevelopment to go ahead, although amusingly it was the govt's relaxing of planning laws that was instrumental in Franklin Hse getting the go ahead in the end, as I understand it.

Cadbury's still use the large car park nearest the train station actually; the smaller car park on other side of the road is now closed off I think, and is being used as the site office for the construction company.
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Build some townhouses on the site car park and make a MSCP for park and ride! Much better use of land
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Spotted this as I headed towards Cadbury World (to get the Big Hoot owl only).

The Franklin on Bournville Lane.



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Old August 8th, 2015, 06:45 PM   #17
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More scaffolding now up at Franklin House:-

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we have a new render, looking good!

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Photo of Franklin House from today; all of the window frames etc have been taken out on this side of the building:-

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Window frames now being installed at The Franklin:-

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