At the heart of Birmingham’s business district, this exciting project demonstrates RPS’ expertise through the provision of cost management and CDM consultancy / principal designer services. The scheme intends to mirror Birmingham’s proud industrial past through a combination of classical elegance and modern efficiency, restoring the original Victorian features, stripping out some recent additions, and creating 160,000ft2 of office space alongside 70 parking spaces. A new 6th floor is to be added.
The classical façade’s windows have the original Victorian stonework, but will be fitted with high performance glass to minimise heat loss and cut down the warming effect of the summer sun. A brown roof is to be fitted as well to minimise rainwater run-off and provide effective insulation. Hidden away for decades, the main reception features a superb Victorian banking hall which will enclose the main reception desk and an informal meeting area. The high ceiling and a light well over the foyer will create a feeling of light and space, a feeling which will extend throughout the building due to a central lift atrium and two other light wells. This will be the first Birmingham building of its size 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.