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Old April 23rd, 2015, 11:42 AM   #1
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No. 10 Temple St | Offices | Refurbishment | 8FL | Complete

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Disused Birmingham office block to undergo £4m facelift
23 April 2015 05:00 AM Graeme Brown
Freshwater Group plans major renovation of 10 Temple Street six years after previous occupier AXA Insurance moved out


Derelict offices in Birmingham's business quarter are to undergo a £4 million refurbishment.

A 40-week scheme to transform an eight-storey office building in Temple Street, off New Street, will begin next month, creating 38,000 sq ft of grade A space.

Previously the office of an insurance firm, 10 Temple Street has stood empty for the last six years, save for Maplin, the electronics retailer which holds a long-term lease on the ground floor.

JLL and KWB have been appointed as joint agencies and Shaylor Group is expected to complete the refurbishment work by February.

Jonathan Carmalt, director at JLL, said work on New Street station would make it a more attractive proposition.

He said: "This won't be your standard new-build office building and is all the better for it.

"It's slightly offbeat location, one street removed from the Colmore business district, sets it apart from the traditional office offering, so occupiers will essentially benefit from a grade A office specification without having to pay prime rents.

"Temple Street is one of the busiest pedestrian routes in the city, linking New Street station with the CBD and as such is coming alive in this latest property cycle with independent shops and café bars, it will be a great location for employees."

The building is owned by the Freshwater Group and the offices have been vacant since AXA Insurance moved out in 2009.

The work will see the existing building refurbished with new front and rear elevations added.

However, there are no plans to put in a car park. Instead, the building will provide secure cycle spaces, changing facilities and showers.

Basement and enabling works are expected to start in mid-May and Maplin will remain trading throughout.

Mr Carmalt said that, as the bridge between retail and commercial districts, Temple Street was one of the city's busiest pedestrian commuter routes, linking New Street station and the Colmore business district.

In recent times, it has become a hub for independent retailers and bars, including The Botanist, which opened earlier this month, as well as the home of law firms Shakespeares and Irwin Mitchell.

John Bryce, of KWB, said: "With the city centre undergoing a renaissance due to the imminent completion of New Street station and the extension of the Metro, combined with the lack of high-quality commercial stock in the city, this is the perfect time for Freshwater Group to bring 10 Temple Street to the market.

"Recycling an outdated building is becoming an increasingly popular option for developers looking to take a sustainable route in updating their portfolios and updating stock to modern standards will ensure this development will attract the full complement of professional service clients, be it on a floor by floor basis or as a total building let."

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Old April 23rd, 2015, 11:43 AM   #3
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Old April 23rd, 2015, 04:20 PM   #4
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I like this. I looked at what is currently there on Google maps and it looks so much better but then again it wouldn't take a lot to be better than what is there now.
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Looks good, I wouldn't have said this was in the business quarter though. Maplin could do with a cleanup / refit.

Edit: apparently it has, since I've been down there (and since Streetview).
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I'm glad to see maplins are on a long lease it's ideal in the city centre
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Old May 2nd, 2015, 04:53 PM   #7
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Some photos of 10 Temple Street as it is now.










Got this text from Pevsner Architectural Guides Birmingham

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Nos. 9-11 are an intrusive eight-storey tower of 1962 by Essex Goodman & Suggitt, refurbished in 1976.
So it hasn't been done up in almost 40 years!
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I wouldn't say intrusive. It's fairly bland and unimportant.
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That was the description in the book (by Andy Foster).

It's not one of the Temple Street buildings you would look up at.


Oh and that Botanist bar place is now open.
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I wouldn't say intrusive. It's fairly bland and unimportant.



With a blank side elevation like that standing head & shoulders above it's neighbours .... I'd say it was "intrusive".
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Old May 3rd, 2015, 09:55 PM   #11
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I Went in here about 2 years ago if anyone wants to see inside?
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Old May 4th, 2015, 09:33 AM   #12
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Oh go on then....
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Would that building in the middle be Georgian?
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No, probably 20th century, maybe 1930s?
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That's quite a cool car park in the building.
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Old May 18th, 2015, 11:45 AM   #17
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Saw scaffolding going up on this yesterday, but didn't take a photo.
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Bournville Baggie posted this on another thread

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The Temple St offices above Maplin's are emerging from behind the scaffolding:-

10 Temple St by Ade, on Flickr

I've also recently walked past it, but as usual haven't taken any photos of it.
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I'm impressed at the speed of this. It has been less than a year since this was first proposed. To have got through planning and be this far in the build is very efficient.
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Forgot all about this one!

Another 38 k sq ft!
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