Civil engineering consultancy lands contract on £53m apartment scheme

How the Newhall Square scheme will look

Birmingham civil and structural engineering consultancy CWA has been appointed to deliver the civil and structural engineering work for a £53m build-to-rent apartment project in the city’s Jewellery Quarter.

CWA will work on the Newhall Square project with residential developer Spitfire Bespoke Homes and contractor Winvic Construction.

The development, backed by the property investment arm of insurer Legal & General, comprises 220 new homes plus 7,500 sq ft of ground floor commercial space and a new public square, together with the renovation of a Grade II listed building known as Whitmore Warehouse, and the refurbishment of a 19th century building in Charlotte Street, which will be used as a clubhouse for residents.

The site is the former home of the Elkington Electroplating works and Birmingham’s Museum of Science and Industry.

Spitfire Bespoke Homes is the residential arm of Coleshill-based IM Properties, one of the UK’s largest privately-owned property companies.

CWA director Jim O’Donnell said: “We know Newhall Square well having been involved in the civil and structural engineering work for the adjacent ApartHotel and Travelodge Hotel. The location is highly sought after and is ideal for high quality rental accommodation to help address shortages of rented accommodation in the city.

“The scheme will have a positive impact on the Jewellery Quarter. As well as creating more than 200 much-needed homes near the city centre it will revitalise several listed buildings which are part of this area’s industrial heritage.”

Spitfire Bespoke Homes special projects director Ross Evans said: “We are delighted to be working with CWA to bring this high profile scheme to fruition. The delivery of these 220 apartments will further enhance this area of the Jewellery Quarter and provide high quality purpose-built accommodation along with a new public space.”

The contract is CWA’s second major project win this year, following its appointment to the new £130m Meggitt manufacturing hub at Ansty Park.