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Old September 9th, 2019, 08:54 AM   #1921
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New figures from the Office of National Statistics show the West Midlands economy grew faster than anywhere outside London between 2012 and 2018.

Buoyed by a soaring construction and services industry, the West Midlands saw its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grow by 3.2% between quarter four of 2017 and 2018 – more than doubling the average UK growth of 1.5%.

Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street said the positive figures underlined the economic renaissance the region had gone through.

He said: “These stats underline that the West Midlands economy has been performing better than any area outside London, something I am immensely proud of.

“Our construction sector is visibly growing – the sheer number of cranes in our skyline shows just how much work is going on here – and with so much investment going into the likes of housing and transport, it is no wonder we saw 3% growth in the last part of 2018 alone – more than double the UK average.
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Old September 10th, 2019, 02:03 PM   #1922
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PWC advises on seven deals in seven weeks.


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Old September 17th, 2019, 12:36 PM   #1923
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A programme of improvements worth more than £3m has been completed at Birmingham’s Brindleyplace estate.

Hines UK appointed DP Designs and City Office Interiors to carry out significant improvements to common areas and vacant office suites at Three and Four Brindleyplace.

The works have been project managed by Avison Young and designed by HK Architects, and follow the £4m transformation of the Oozells Building which was completed last year.

Three Brindleyplace has benefitted from upgraded lighting to the colonnade opening onto Central Square and new entrance doors, while the central atrium of the building has been modernised to include a feature desk and seating area with contemporary finishes.

The upgraded atrium now features a light sculpture above the reception desk leading to a fully refurbished lift lobby, with the lift system having received a £1m package of improvements.

The building’s vacant 12,000 sq ft fifth floor office space has been upgraded and features newly installed metal plank ceilings, LED lighting and raised floors.

Four Brindleyplace has seen works to its entrance and reception area, with a new and repositioned reception desk, the installation of new visitor seating and improved finishes, together with toliet and shower facilities.

Its ground floor office suite, measuring 5,000 sq ft, now provides grade A standard space accessed directly off the reception which features contemporary exposed services, suspended LED light fittings and raised floors as well as access to a stunning private canal side terrace, perfect for client entertaining and outside working.

Raj Rajput, Hines said: "These latest refurbishments show our continued commitment to ensuring that Brindleyplace maintains its position as one of Birmingham’s most sought after business destinations.

"These works have created exciting and modern common areas in two key prime buildings on the estate, and provided flexible grade A office accommodation which would be suitable for a range of potential occupiers.

"These improved spaces, the estate’s unique position as the only fully managed business environment in the city and the ongoing infrastructure improvement works, such as the extension to the Midland Metro tram line, give us confidence that Brindleyplace will continue to stand the test of time in being recognised as a leading business destination in the city."

Avison Young and Savills are joint letting agents at Brindleyplace.

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Old September 22nd, 2019, 12:07 PM   #1924
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Huawei unveiled its 5G Birmingham Training Center here on Friday to ensure that relevant 5G training is in place to meet current and future information and communications technology (ICT) needs in Britain.

The new center has the capacity to train 20 people at a time, with courses being tailored to meet training requirements. A typical course will last five days and will cover an introduction to 5G technology, principles of modern network engineering and hands-on practical installation of 5G network equipment, according to Huawei.

Once fully operational, the objective is for the center to train upwards of 1,000 network engineers per year on the latest 5G technology, the company said.

In the UK, "there's no shortage of political will to deliver 5G, there's no shortage of commercial wish for it. There are some particular specific problems like a shortage of engineers, which we do need to address,", Sir Andrew Cahn, non-executive director of Huawei UK, told Xinhua.

"That's an issue mainly of government policy, making sure that we have the right people coming out of universities and colleges, but it's also for companies to deal with and that's what Huawei is doing while Huawei is recognizing that there are particular skills needed and so we're going to provide a training center to upscale engineers in 5G," said Cahn.

Before Friday's official unveiling of the training center, it has been on trial run in the past few months, with some engineers already being trained in the facility.

Ian Ward, Birmingham City Council leader, said:"5G talent and knowledge are essential for further growth and Huawei's 5G training center has already produced 157 5G-ready engineers since the first graduations took place in June this year."
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Old September 25th, 2019, 09:23 AM   #1925
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A law firm has agreed a new lease for its base in Birmingham city centre.

A five-year lease has been signed by Harrison Clark Rickerbys for the entire first floor of 63 Church Street, totalling 3,350 sq ft.

The building is located within the Colmore Business District and is grade II listed.

Cathedral Property was represented in the deal by Savills.

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Old September 26th, 2019, 07:56 AM   #1926
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Property specialist Centrick, has relocated its headquarters to The Exchange in Birmingham.

Taking its 72-strong head office team over to the Grade-II listed building, its said the move comes as the result of key appointments, property portfolio growth, and a record 12 months for the business.

Now occupying over 8,000 sq. ft. in Birmingham’s Colmore Business District, the move sees an investment of more than £200,000.

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Old September 27th, 2019, 12:45 AM   #1927
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Planning and development consultancy Lichfields has opened an office in Birmingham.

Jon Kirby will head the new base at the Cornerblock on Cornwall Street. He is joined by fellow senior director Stephen Hollowood and planning director Laurence Homes.

Kirby has more than 25 years’ experience in the sector and previously worked as a Director in Avison Young’s Birmingham office for over 10 years.

Hollowood is a well-known figure in the Midlands market having previously led the Midlands planning, development and regeneration team at Avison Young where he also headed its public sector consultancy team.

Lichfields is currently involved in bringing forward more than 30,000 residential plots in the Midlands.
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Old September 30th, 2019, 03:35 PM   #1928
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West Midlands business confidence remains strong.


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Old October 8th, 2019, 06:05 PM   #1929
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Refurbishment for Norwich House (45 Poplar Way) with new glazed colonnade & potential cafe, with reception areas and external lighting...

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PL/2019/01871/PPFL | Refurbishment of 45 Poplar Road (also known as Norwich House) office building. This includes the infill of the existing colonnade, new glazing, new full height dormers and the change of use of the ground floor retail unit to A3 use class (cafe). | 45 Poplar Road Solihull B91 3AW

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Old October 10th, 2019, 03:10 PM   #1930
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The government is to open a hub in a prominent Birmingham building which will be home to about 1,700 civil servants from 2021.

The hub will be based at Platform 21, which is inside the former Woolworths building in the New Street Conservation area. It will be developed by LaSalle Investment Management working with development manager Evenacre.

It is the second hub to be announced for Birmingham and follows 3 Arena Central, which will house 3,600 staff when it opens in 2021.

Simon Hart, minister for Implementation at the Cabinet Office, said: "Developing Government Hubs helps to bring forward vital regeneration projects across the country and boost local economies.

"It also makes sure government workers have the best possible facilities and saves taxpayers’ money by replacing outdated office blocks which are expensive to maintain with more modern facilities."

Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street added: "Simon and his team have recognised the city’s great transport links and infrastructure, and the fact the city, and indeed the wider region, has so much to offer.

"The West Midlands is going from strength to strength and I am delighted that the government continues to support us."

The government has also announced plans for a similar hub in Peterborough.
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Old October 10th, 2019, 03:31 PM   #1931
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That a lot of people great news for Birmingham!
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I wonder if this is the additional government hub requirement that discussions have been going behind the scenes for quite a while about and were alluded to by a few people on here or whether this is a separate requirement to that one.
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Old October 10th, 2019, 03:56 PM   #1933
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I believe 3 hubs were mentioned at minimum so another one to come


I’d assume they’ve took the whole of the buildings available space too
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Old October 10th, 2019, 04:08 PM   #1934
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I believe 3 hubs were mentioned at minimum so another one to come


I’d assume they’ve took the whole of the buildings available space too


At a minimum that actually really good can’t wait to see whats next
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Good news for York’s, All Greek and Tiger Bites Pig and once this and the metro are complete will hopefully rehabilitate the retail offering in the surrounding streets and up the hill.
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Old October 10th, 2019, 05:50 PM   #1936
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Birmingham-based proptech start-up Grid Edge has secured a £2.5m investment from a partnership between BP Ventures and proptech venture capital firm Goldacre.

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BP expands its digital energy portfolio by investing in energy management platform, Grid Edge

AI technology predicts, optimises and controls a building’s energy demand

BP Ventures has led a Series A funding round in Grid Edge – a developer of artificial intelligence (AI) technology – that enables customers to predict, control and optimise their building’s energy profile. The investment is in support of BP Alternative Energy’s wider strategy of low-carbon power, storage and digital energy.

Grid Edge’s cloud-based software anticipates a building’s energy demand, allowing building managers to reduce their energy costs and carbon emissions, while maintaining comfort for users.

Using data including weather forecasts and expected occupancy, Grid Edge’s predictive energy management technology enables customers to adapt their energy use, leverage periods of high renewable power generation, and effectively use their building’s flexibility in energy demand and generation like a giant battery, to reduce costs and carbon emissions.

The technology typically enables customers to lower carbon emissions by 10 to 15%, with some registering a reduction of more than 30%. Airports, business districts and shopping centres can all benefit from the technology.

Dev Sanyal, chief executive of BP Alternative Energy, said: “This investment is in support of our strategy to create an ecosystem of distinctive, digitally-enabled, low carbon businesses for commercial and industrial customers. This investment in Grid Edge complements other recent investments in companies in this area, such as Voltaware. We are excited by the possibilities that working together will bring.”

Nacho Gimenez, managing director, BP Ventures, added: “Digital technologies are a critical component to drive the transition to a low-carbon future. Using data, we can unlock the flexibility in-built in existing energy systems. This is the most efficient way to reduce the carbon intensity and power consumption required to keep buildings comfortable. Grid Edge’s machine learning and data-driven approach is what really sets them apart. We look forward to working closely together and welcoming them to the BP Ventures family.”

Grid Edge was spun out of Aston University’s Energy Research Institute in 2016 and uses AI to empower customers, businesses and other organisations to make the most of their energy assets.

Tom Anderson, chief executive, Grid Edge said: “It is only a few short years since the founding partners left Aston University to pursue our vision of putting data-driven, intelligent control into the hands of energy consumers and we’re proud to be working with some of the UK’s leading building operators to optimise their energy profile through our predictive AI technology. We are delighted to have brought on board two world-leading investors who believe in our vision and share our ambitions to change the way people use energy.”

Family office investment house Goldacre joined BP as co-investors in the funding round, enhancing its portfolio of investments in technology for smart real estate and future cities.

Matthew Harris, managing director, Goldacre, added: “Optimising energy demand is now an essential requirement of businesses and consumers. Reducing carbon emissions in a way that puts building operators in control and allows them to prioritise occupants’ comfort levels is a challenge, but one that can and will be solved through leveraging smarter digital technologies. This investment demonstrates that, for Goldacre, this is not simply an aspiration; it is being delivered today.”

This investment will enable Grid Edge to expand in the UK market, utilising existing partnerships in the real estate sector, and explore further opportunities in Europe.
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Old October 10th, 2019, 07:46 PM   #1937
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Won't they be moved from other city centre locations?
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Won't they be moved from other city centre locations?
Potentially but the idea of the hubs are to replace ageing office space and reduce multiple offices to be in one building, I’m sure the hmrc hub had a few closures in the wider area rather than just here
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I believe 3 hubs were mentioned at minimum so another one to come


I’d assume they’ve took the whole of the buildings available space too
Confirmation today they’ve took the whole building
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Birmingham's Office take up figures for Q3 2019. Let's hope Q4 is stronger due to deals at Snowhill 3 and Two Chamberlain Square.

Also this is a great read:
https://www.businessleader.co.uk/wha...ination/74288/

"Birmingham has a burgeoning Business, Professional and Financial Services (BPFS) sector, with over 4,300 financial and professional services companies. These alone employ over 50,000 people, making it the largest regional cluster outside of London. This spike in activity has been grown within the city, as Birmingham has more business students than any other regional city outside of London.

In total, the West Midlands’ BPFS cluster generated £24.5bn GVA annually, and is the region’s most significant sector, responsible for almost a third of its total GVA."
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