PHOENIX HOUSE WILL TRANSFORM UNLOVED AND UNDERUTILISED BUILDING STOCK ON NEWHALL STREET IN THE COLMORE BUSINESS DISTRICT OF BIRMINGHAM INTO ATTRACTIVE, GRADE A OFFICE SPACE.
THE BUILDING IS IN A PRIME LOCATION, BUT THE EXISTING CONFIGURATION WAS HIGHLY IMPRACTICAL FROM A COMMERCIAL PERSPECTIVE. ALTHOUGH IT WAS APPARENT IT NEEDED TO CHANGE, FINDING THE RIGHT SOLUTION WAS PROVING DIFFICULT DUE TO THE CONSTRAINTS OF THE SITE AND THE EXISTING STRUCTURE. IN ADDITION, BEING LOCATED IN A CONSERVATION AREA WAS INCREASING THE COMPLEXITIES OF THE PROJECT.
It was our quality of design approach, combined with a broad experience and understanding of the area that finally provided a workable solution and helped the project move forward.
The existing building had a back office separated from the front by the core and this space was always difficult to let. A number of options were explored to link the front and back spaces together and maximise floor area. These ranged from minor refurbishment through to full demolish and rebuild, and each was tested in terms of its financial viability. The selected design was to create an extension linking the office space around the core, as this provided the best solution based on cost benefit analysis for the client.
WGBC Europe Leadership Awards
16 OCTOBER 2015