Gleeds appointed on new phases of major Birmingham Beorma development
Gleeds has been appointed to provide project and cost management, as well as health and safety services, for phases two and three of the landmark Beorma project in Birmingham. This scheme is being financed by Kuwaiti based developers, Salhia.
Following recent completion of works for phase one, the plans for phases two and three of the mixed use, residential and commercial project have now been submitted to Birmingham City Council, with an aim to start on site later in the summer.
Gleeds will also be responsible for supervising pre-construction archaeological digs to make sure the project follows the footprints of the original dwellings – a planning requirement specified by the council, allowing the 30 storey building to be constructed outside Birmingham’s tall building zone. The site is believed to be home to the city's last seven burgage plots, areas of land which date from medieval times and which gives the building its rather unusual floorplan and shape.
“The Beorma Quarter site demarcates the historic birthplace of Birmingham”, said Keith Williams on behalf of Salhia. “It was here in Anglo Saxon times that Beorma’s tribe settled and first gave Birmingham its name. Following on from the successful handover of phase one, this new stage adds to the richness and vibrancy of the Beorma areas, which itself has a distinct and unique place in the city’s history.”
Once completed, Beorma will provide housing for the private residential sector, along with start-up office units, helping the small business community by providing affordable commercial space.
Lindsay McCombe, Director for Gleeds Birmingham, said: “This project presents us with some interesting and unique technical challenges and specifications, our priority will be advising Salhia on how to manage the cost and risk implications involved, while ensuring the projects is delivered on time and budget.
“Having operated in Birmingham for the last 30 years, we understand the significance of the
project to the local community, so we feel well placed to support all project stakeholders achieve
their aspirations for the development.”
The firm has previously delivered projects of a similar scale, including Snow Hill One, Two and
Three, as well as the Mailbox and the recently completed redevelopment of the Barclaycard