Office Principles transforms former Birmingham leisure venue into Lock 14

A series of prominent four-storey buildings in Birmingham city centre have been transformed into 24,000 sq ft of Grade A office accommodation.

Office Principles has delivered the comprehensive refurbishment and reconfiguration of 39-52 Summer Row on behalf of landlord, Aegon Asset Management.

The leading interior design consultancy has carried out a series of structural alterations to the layout and space plan of the buildings, known as Lock 14, which required three complex crane lifts to complete.

Works included a full strip out of the buildings back to shell and core, and the introduction of a new first floor link bridge.

The project has combined many of the building’s original features with contemporary design, including a new ground floor ‘hub’ with a double level atrium reception area, feature lighting, exposed services and decoration throughout.

There are new flexible meeting rooms, breakout spaces and a kitchen area, as well as secure cycle storage, dedicated shower and changing facilities, and a central courtyard for events, functions and outdoor meetings.

An extensive M&E upgrade has greatly enhanced the mains power supply to the building, while accessibility has been improved through the installation of a passenger lift from the basement to the top floor.

Lock 14 is the sixth recent landlord refurbishment project to be delivered by Office Principles on behalf of Aegon Asset Management.

Gary Tailby, managing director of Office Principles North, said: “Aegon Asset Management had a clear vision to unlock the potential of existing space at Summer Row, into modern office accommodation. It was a detailed and complex scheme but we have successfully delivered a series of flexible and inspiring office spaces, made possible by a comprehensive refurbishment and an entirely new branding scheme that unites the buildings. Lock 14 is an exciting addition to Birmingham’s office market.”

Lock 14 was delivered by Office Principles and a project team including Darron Owen at Trident Building Consultancy, who acted as employer’s agent and project manager.