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Cornerblock wins Birmingham Civic Society Award

August 2, 2018

The re-invention and re-wrapping of Cornerblock at Two Cornwall Street in the heart of Birmingham’s Colmore Business District (CBD) is the latest GHA project to receive an award. Birmingham Civic Society awarded a Renaissance Award to the project, deeming it one of the most successful conservation projects completed in the city.

Studio Director Sandeep Shambi said “We are thrilled to have been given this award by the Birmingham Civic Society. This 1980s building had been disused for many years despite its prime location but it was clear that it offered an excellent opportunity to provide modern flexible workspace right in the heart of the CBD.  Working closely with the client team at Bruntwood we were able to exceed the client’s vision and transform this building into a grade A modern workspace with tenant well-being facilities at the heart of the scheme.”

Rob Valentine, Director of Bruntwood in Birmingham, said: “This highly welcome award is testament to the collaborative approach we took with Glenn Howells to redevelop a obsolescent building into something of which we and the city can be rightly proud. Together we have created an innovative high quality working environment which gives our customers room for flexibility and mobility without compromising the well-being of their staff. At Bruntwood we take time to think how we can make a difference in all aspects of our work, including the impact we can have on both the physical and social fabric in the cities and communities in which we have a stake. The success and appeal of Cornerblock is evidence of this because within a year of completion the building is fully let and contributing to a dynamic and vibrant business district in what is a very important time for Birmingham.”

Writing about the award, Anne-Marie Hayes, member of the Birmingham Civic Society Planning Committee and Judge said “The purpose of the Renaissance Award is to highlight those projects across the city that have undergone conservation and refurbishment, recognising the most successful of them. We consider the project in terms of the building, structure or space’s condition before works started, the level of restoration work involved, how much of the original has been retained and importantly how successful the completed project is – what impact has it had upon the community both locally and city-wide. We also consider how innovative and creative the project has been in tackling the often unseen issues that come about during the refurbishment process.”

Typically only one Award is given per year, however the judges felt that the standard of this year’s nominations was extremely high and rather than give just one award, they gave awards to four of the nominations, acknowledging the differing contribution each project has made to the city’s public realm. Full details of all the award winners can be found here.