CBRE Global Investors begins works on Birmingham’s largest office refurbishment scheme

CBRE Global Investors has begun work on the £39.75m back to the frame transformation of 10 Brindleyplace – Birmingham’s largest office refurbishment scheme, and the largest development project at Brindleyplace since it was completed in 2009.

The scheme will see the creation of 210,000 sq ft of high-quality grade A office space, with one of Birmingham’s largest available office floorplates, at over 27,000 sq ft.

The ambitious project, designed by Associated Architects, combines 10 and 8 Brindleyplace into one building, including the former SACO serviced apartments. Work is due to be completed in summer 2022.

The former home of RBS will be transformed, with a new, modern façade, generous double height reception space accessed from both Oozells Square and Broad Street, and large modern open plan office floors with floor to ceiling height windows.

The redevelopment is being led by Thamesis Asset Management, on behalf of CBRE Global Investors, with a strong emphasis on sustainable design and occupier wellness.

The scheme will achieve BREEAM Excellent, and it will be Birmingham’s first building to receive Fitwel accreditation, a standard that measures occupant health and wellbeing. It will also be WiredScore certified, in recognition of its excellent connectivity.

Occupier amenities will include an on-site café; fitness facilities including a bouldering wall and fitness studio; extensive roof terraces; cycle storage for 100 bicycles; and electric vehicle charging. The West Midlands Metro runs directly past the building, with a new stop being created opposite its Broad Street entrance.

John Mulqueen, Head of Offices EMEA, CBRE Global Investors said: “This is a very exciting opportunity to reposition an office building that offers Grade A space. Critically, it will also meet our ESG objectives by providing a truly smart and sustainable building. The building will have large flexible floorplates and an array of wellness amenities that will surpass occupier expectations.”

Theo Holmes, Director in CBRE’s office agency team, commented: “This is a real headline product for both Brindleyplace and Birmingham, which raises the already-high bar in the city.

“It sets a new benchmark for the reinvention of existing office space in Birmingham, with a high standard of fitout and a range of building amenities that rivals the very best office buildings in Birmingham.”

The works are being carried out by Willmott Dixon and project managed by the Venture project management team at Workman; CBRE and Savills are acting as joint agents for the office space.