In the heart of Birmingham’s business district, 55 Colmore Row is an exciting project which demonstrates our expertise through the provision of both Cost Management and Principal Designer services.
The scheme mirrors Birmingham’s proud industrial past through a combination of classical elegance and modern efficiency. The project involved restoring the original Victorian features, stripping out some recent additions, and creating 160,000 ft2 of Grade A office space alongside 70 parking spaces. A new 6th floor was also added.
The classical façade’s windows have the original Victorian stonework, but have been fitted with high performance glass to minimise heat loss and cut down the warming effect of the summer sun. A brown roof has been fitted to minimise rainwater run-off and provide effective insulation.
Hidden away for decades, the main reception features a superb Victorian banking hall which encloses the main reception desk and an informal meeting area. The high ceiling and a light well over the foyer creates a feeling of light and space, a feeling which extends throughout the building due to a central lift atrium and two other light wells.
55 Colmore Row is the first building of its size in Birmingham to incorporate a Variable Refrigeration Flow (VRF) heating and cooling system, using air source heat pump technology to minimise energy costs, and create a comfortable working environment all year round.