Wates wins £8.4m contract to create 50,000 sq ft of Grade A space

WATES CONSTRUCTION has won an £8.4m contract to deliver the refurbishment of a nine-storey building within the Colmore Business District.

Phoenix House on Newhall Street, next to Purnell’s Bistro, is being converted into 50,000 sq ft of grade A office space over nine floors. The project is scheduled to be completed in November.

Richard Scarrott, business unit director at Wates Construction, Midlands, said: “After experiencing significant growth over recent years, Birmingham is seeing increased investment in new commercial developments, with the city’s market heading towards a record 1m square feet of activity in the past year.

“We are extremely proud to be playing a central role in catering for the city’s thriving business landscape and look forward to pushing ahead with the project this year.”

The scheme is being developed by Ardstone Capital and has been designed by architects AHR.

It will include the improvement of the building’s existing floor plates as well as a new extension at the front and rear of the development to create increased office space.

Work will also see the removal of the external façade, which will be replaced with full height glazing, and the creation of a new reception area and modernised entrance on Newhall Street.