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55 Colmore Row, Birmingham

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Service

Project
Managment

Project

Extension & refurbishment of Grade II listed building

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Value

£25m - £30m

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Highlight

Achieved BREEAM rating of ‘Excellent’ for sustainability

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Overview

55 Colmore Row was the major redevelopment of a Grade II listed building at the heart of Birmingham’s commercial business district. The aim of the project was to create a new vision for the building and increase its efficiency whilst still respecting its history and context.

The development included a prestigious office building of 143,475 ft² (net) delivered over ground, as well as six upper floors and restaurant accommodation, totalling 13,700 ft², provided at lower ground floor. Parking for 64 cars was also included, split across the basement and lower ground levels.

The project incorporated an additional floor level and replacement of the Barwick Street elevation, as well as significant remodelling of the internal layout, including the reuse of the listed banking hall as the main reception space for the building.


 

Challenges

Due to its Grade II listed status, the project had very specific challenges – notably the Victorian façades and a Victorian banking hall. The building is also located within a conservation area, resulting in close proximity to other listed buildings. By working closely with specialists in this field, we were able to ensure the work was undertaken in a sympathetic manner in-line with the conservation requirements.

Delivering a project of this nature in a city centre location provided a number of logistical and programming challenges. Working with the contractor and their supply chain, these were able to be managed and overcome, with the project being completed within the cost and programme parameters set by the client.

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Results

Building fully let on completion
 

The client sold the building with an enhanced value following completion of the works and letting of the building.
 

Award-winning project

The office building achieved a BREEAM 2008 rating of ‘Excellent’ - the world's leading environmental assessment method for buildings.

 

High-quality workmanship to heritage façades
 

We restored and protected the building for the future without composing it's historical integrity.