AHR SECTORS
OFFICE & WORKPLACE

THE COLMORE BUILDING


  • THIS FOURTEEN STOREY DEVELOPMENT, ORIGINALLY CALLED COLMORE PLAZA, IS ONE OF BIRMINGHAM'S LARGEST SPECULATIVE OFFICE BUILDINGS TO DATE.

  • Our brief was to create a building which had presence, flexibility and vitality utilising the highest quality materials and technologies to achieve the best architectural solution possible. The client also wanted a ‘London quality’ building and the result is a simple, efficient and adaptable workplace finished to a very high specification.

    The ambition of our client was exciting to us, especially during a difficult economic climate. At a time when the number of new developments making it to market was slender, we were able to offer solutions that not only met the aspirational brief, but delivered a highly profitable venture and sold for £150m during construction.

    Through the provision of a simple, yet visually appealing form and a creative design approach we maximised net to gross floor areas and delivered a ratio of 86%. In addition, the retention of the existing podium and application of pre-fabricated technology were features which helped us achieve a cost per ft2 of just £143.

  • The Colmore Building was the first in Birmingham to utilise Permasteelisa, a cutting-edge architectural envelope system which is still used in some of the most impressive landmark buildings around the world today. Pragmatism does not necessitate reliance on the tried-and-tested, we embraced advanced technology to find the right solution.

    Sometimes the simplest solution, which in this instance would be clearing the site and starting from scratch, is not the best. This would not have represented the best value for our client. Our decision to retain the existing building’s podium was based on practicality and was made possible through our adaptable approach.

    The Colmore Building is still one of the most prominent office facilities in Birmingham and we know from experience it is one of the best places to work in the city.




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