We were engaged by Chase Homes to redevelop the site to accommodate a mixed use development comprising residential and commercial space. The site is an important gateway into Harborne and as such required close cooperation with the Birmingham City Council Urban Designers with whom we liaised from the outset. Many local architectural characteristics have been adapted and incorporated in to the contemporary scheme.
The scheme proposed the demolition of the entire All Electric Garage site (also developed by the practice) and it’s subsequent redevelopment accommodating apartments, commercial accommodation and an entire level of basement car parking. In addition there are landscaped squares and a new public open space in the form of a pedestrian walkway between High Street and Greenfield Road.
The site sits at a key location point when entering Harborne from the west, being at the junction of High Street, Greenfield Road and Station Road. In the past the police station occupied this location however this was replaced several years ago by the All Electric car showroom building. A large Bingo Hall and adjacent large public house are also located at this junction opposite which is a tall terrace of Victorian shop units with living accommodation over.
The massing of the buildings at this point together with the road layout frame a triangular area of land which is similar to the arrangement found as a market square in many market towns. The new design redevelops the whole of the existing site and responds to the existing streetscapes and other constraints.
The design includes 94 new apartments and 6700 square feet of commercial / retail space all in a Contemporary style which respects the urban grain / character found within Harborne Village. The accommodation includes two, three and four storeys depending upon where it sits on the site and the relationship to the surrounding environment.