Leicester contractor appointed to deliver 79 luxury apartments in Birmingham

Elevate Property Group has appointed Leicester-based Bode Contracting to deliver the Priory House development of 79 luxury apartments in the former Birmingham forensic science laboratories.

Preparation work has been carried out in the seven storey Priory House since Elevate acquired the former home of the Forensic Science Service in Birmingham from Rainer Developments in March this year.

Bode Contracting will begin a 55 week, multimillion-pound build in late June with completion scheduled for the third quarter of 2022.

Priory House was constructed in the 1950s and was occupied by the Forensic Science Service for more than 40 years before it closed in 2011. It is located in the Southside district of Birmingham on the corner of Kent Street and Gooch Street North.

Elevate intends to revamp the landmark 77,000 sq ft building in the style of its Concord House development on Holloway Head, one of its first projects in the city.

Formed in April 2020 by managing director Dan Bodell and co-director Jodie Bodell, Bode Contracting has already carried out work for Elevate Property Group on its recently completed Sheldon Court development in Wagon Lane, Birmingham, and on Victoria Point in Ashford, Kent.

Dan Bodell said: “We are really excited to have been appointed to such a prestigious project – to develop premium residential living space in this magnificent building.

“Elevate Property Group has built a reputation for quality, medium rise, large town and inner city residential developments, and the design and finish of Priory House, when completed, will set a new standard for residential living in Birmingham.

James Costello, development director of Elevate Property Group, said: “We have known Dan and his team for some time and have worked successfully together. Their standards and values are very much aligned with our own and so it was an easy decision to make to appoint Bode Contracting.”

Elevate has also appointed a strong Midlands team to design and work on the contract including D5 Architects, structural engineers Farrow Walsh Consulting, and mechanical and electrical engineers Couch Perry Wilkes, with the project finance provided by Solihull-based Paragon Bank.