The high demand for new residential properties in Birmingham has led to architects Building Design Group (BDG) taking offices in the city centre.
Tamworth-based BDG has created a base within the Jewellery Quarter to be near its multimillion pound projects in the city.
Ian Harding, director at BDG, said: “The Midlands Engine and regeneration plans such as the £900 million redevelopment around Curzon Street Station, have created a high demand for residential property in Birmingham, which in turn drives the city’s development and business even further.
“As commercial investments rise and the start-up economy in Birmingham continues to thrive so does the desire to live in the city.
“This is what is driving our work on projects such as the £26 million Fabrick Square, in Digbeth which saw its 313 apartments sell out in just three weeks, and the £29 million Kettleworks, which completes at the end of this year and has already sold all 292 apartments.
“Thanks to the prosperous development of the city, we’ve been able to expand our team significantly (from five to 20 in just five years) and wanted a city centre hub to facilitate flexible working and bring us closer to our projects, which is why we have moved into Grosvenor House in St Paul’s Square, which provides virtual offices, including call handling, business address registration and co-working space.”
This additional office base means that BDG can provide a high-level of client service, utilising the professional working space during the crucial times of a project’s development.
“The architectural and building process has completely changed with the advent of advanced materials and construction methods. The whole process is much faster and efficient, with sections of a building being manufactured prior to on-site assembly.
“In the past, the architecture of a building was completely drawn-up before construction commenced, with the process looking to design out any risk – which wouldn’t always work.
“Now, the design flows alongside the actual build of a project ensuring all risk is fully understood and managed to create an aesthetically pleasing structure that stands the test of time. This streamlined approach means that, as architects, we also need to be more flexible and efficient and that’s where co-working facilities really benefit us.
“We know that we have true flexibility when it comes to working in the city, and at a cost-effective price, ensuring our client rates are unaffected.”
BDG was founded over 45 years ago and continues to be a forward thinking, youthful and dynamic practice that draws upon its commercial and technical past to deliver high-end projects.
As well as working on the Kettleworks and Fabrick Square, BDG has designed a wide range of impressive buildings, including the Park Regis Hotel at Five Ways, which included a two-storey high sky bar, and the part-rebuild of Grade II-listed The Griffin in London’s Shoreditch. For more information, please visit www.bdg.uk.com/.
Grosvenor House offers a range of virtual office solutions from as little as £25 per month. For more information, please visit http://grosvenorstpauls.com/.