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Application: S/07235/07/FUL
Developer: Calthorpe Estates
Architect: Online Architects Ltd
Completion date: December 2009

Addition of 968sqm office space in an extra storey (sixth floor), complete recladding and re-glazing of existing elevations, new front entrance feature and erection of rear external staircase.





Gleeds begins role on new Birmingham office project

Gleeds, the International Management and Construction Consultancy, has begun work as Quantity Surveyor and CDM Co-ordinator on the £6.5m redevelopment of 100 Hagley Road in Edgbaston, Birmingham on behalf of Calthorpe Estates. The office building will be completely stripped back to its original structure with the top storey removed in order to create two new levels of modern office space which will see the total area increase from 35,000 to 50,000sq ft.

The new façade design will provide a high quality aluminum curtain walling system with insulated render panels in order to create a contemporary facility more befitting of its location in the newly regenerated area of the city. The project also incorporates many sustainable design features, such as a biomass boiler, and aims to achieve BREEAM excellent 2008.

Commenting on the project, Stuart Senior, Managing Partner of Gleeds Nottingham said “We are delighted that our experience of working in the commercial property sector is being recognised by the prestigious, Calthorpe Estates. At a time when the market is proving to be challenging, projects like these are exciting, rewarding and increasingly rare.” Work recently began on site and is expected to reach completion in October 2009.

http://www.cpbsonline.eu/pressrelea...+begins+role+on+new+Birmingham+office+project
New Property for Intellectual Property Firm Barker Brettell
September 2008

Calthorpe Estates’ long-standing commitment to building strong relationships and providing the highest quality customer service has been further demonstrated by another recent letting on its prestigious Edgbaston Estate.

Full-service intellectual property firm Barker Brettell LLP, has exchanged an agreement to relocate from two locations on the Calthorpe Estate to four floors of office space, totalling 28,000 sq ft, in one single location at 100 Hagley Road.

“Barker Brettell has been a client on the Estate for over 50 years, and I am delighted that they have chosen to stay with us in the future” explains Jayne Herritty, sales and marketing director for Calthorpe Estates.

“This letting demonstrates the importance of developing strong relationships with our client and listening to them. With a greater understanding of Barker Brettell’s needs we were able to work with them, not only to help them stay on the estate but also to also provide them with a product more suitable to their changing needs.”

The move will consolidate Barker Brettell’s Birmingham operations in a single location, with extra space accommodating existing and future growth. The firm will also benefit from the more efficient and flexible Grade A office space 100 Hagley Road will offer as a result of a £12m reinvention of the building.

The existing premises, which are a mix of ground floor retail and upper floor office space, will be extended from the current 30,000 sq ft to 42,000 sq ft with the expansion of the building from its current five storeys to six. The structure will be stripped back to its core with significant structural work, including the top storey being removed and replaced by two new levels to create additional office accommodation.

Internally, there will be a complete refurbishment to provide more occupier-friendly open plan spaces that will allow greater flexibility in how the space is used with enhancements such as zoned heating and cooling facilities.

The external appearance will also be transformed with the replacement of all windows and brickwork façade, to create a contemporary look more fitting for its high-profile location on a major route into the City Centre.

Commenting on the move, Geoff Lomas, senior partner at Barker Brettell, said: “Edgbaston provides an unrivalled location for businesses, especially expanding and successful ones like ours. We have been located at 138 Hagley Road for 33 years, as well as 100 Hagley Road for the past four years. We moved into 138 Hagley Road in 1974, when it was newly built by Calthorpe, and were pleased that they up-rated it in 1999. We have always appreciated their attention over the years to meeting our changing requirements.

“We have worked with the team at Calthorpe Estates to find this solution to our latest needs, which will cater for our expansion programme over the coming years. A temporary move to offices at Harborne Court has ensured we could stay on the Estate while we vacated 100 Hagley Road, in order that the exciting redevelopment can be undertaken.

“We are looking forward to moving to our new premises, which will provide a much-enhanced working environment for our staff, both in terms of appearance and functionality.”

Work on 100 Hagley Road starts later this year, with the new building scheduled for completion by December 2009.

Jemmett Manley & Associates acted on behalf of Barker Brettell LLP. DTZ have been instructed as letting agents for both the office and retail elements of the scheme by Calthorpe Estates.

http://www.calthorpe.co.uk/news/04_sep_2008.aspx
 

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The upper two floors are very overpowering. They look very similar to the floors that were added to the top of Baskerville House during it's refurb but those ones look so much better in comparison to this. It's the fact that they are so close to the front of the facade, so not that recessed, and also due to the fact that the lower section of the building is just not that big in comparison.

As for the round windows, :puke:.

As for that... bleh.
 

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I think the circular windows might be some kind of strange attempt to be art deco, the stepped shape of the roof seems to give the same impression. God knows why the architects thought art deco was a good style to graft onto a 1960's office block.
 

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I used to work on the 4th floor! And I believe it's (most of the 4th floor) been empty since we moved out in 1992!

I guess some of my cabling was still insitu until recently
 

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an improvement but have to agree does seem slightly art deco ish, strange ,not sure what look they wanted to achieve.
Maybe to relate a little to the surrounding buildings? It looks that way to me.

The use of the copper for the entrance feature seems to relate to the roofs of the oratory and the big building next door to it while the deco reference may be a nod to the 5 large residential blocks making up Kenilworth Court on the other side of Chad Road.

It's not the greatest but it is a vast improvement. Just a bit of a shame it's not a little more contemporary and more in-line with 19 & 54 George Road. Yes, it's a bit safe but I'm guessing Barker Brettell would have also had some say in the final design. At least it's better than the light refurb done to the other office block next door. Maybe that will the next phase?

 

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Hagley Road is fast becoming a hive for bad commercial and office architecture. Such a shame considering its prominence as a gateway.
 

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That's a rash statement for you Erebus! It's definitely an improvement so what's wrong?
 

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It's definitely an improvement so what's wrong?
Polishing turd doesn't create a good environment, yes this is an improvement, but it is a very minor improvement in the grand scheme of things. This extends the life of a badly designed building that detracts from the streetscape for god knows how long.

The piecemeal "improvements" we're seeing on the Hagley road aren't going to make it a good place, they're simply going to make it a bit less shit and pro-long the status quo of crappy 60's buildings and surface car parks.
 

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That's a rash statement for you Erebus! It's definitely an improvement so what's wrong?
Yes, it is an improvement but this proposal is shoddy and terrible still. This area is lacking in quality office architecture. It all seems to be very tacky or severely compromised. I can think of only one office development that I can say that I am very pleased with and that is Fifty4 Hagley Road. All these modern builds in this area are a let down - from Calthorpe House to TriGate.
 

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It's by no means terrible but not as good as it could be. You're right that there is a lot of dross along Hagley Road (thanks Calthorpe) but 54 is very nice, and so it No 1. Cobalt Square is fine and Edgbaston House (?) and the reclad of the one by the Plough & Harrow is a nice job too :)
 
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