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First look inside The Grand's new offices

New images reveal how office accommodation 'show the scars of the building's history'

New images have been revealed showing the first tranche of commercial space available at The Grand in Birmingham city centre.

Hortons' Estate has been carrying out the long-running, £14 million regeneration of the Grade II*-listed former hotel building in Colmore Row to restore it to its former glories.

New images have now been released (see video above) showing how the interior looks following completion of the £1.5 million phase to create new office accommodation.

The offices - part of the original Thomson Plevins-designed building completed in 1879 - occupy the first and second floors overlooking Colmore Row at the front and a private garden terrace at the rear.

Originally two separate office zones with independent access, Imperial Chambers and Whitehall Chambers, the two have been merged to create a single space called Imperial and Whitehall.

Although the Grand Hotel closed in 2002, the offices continued to be occupied until 2014 when tenants vacated to allow Hortons' Estate to undertake the makeover.

Original features, including ornate glazing, tiled fireplaces and staircases have been retained while the large sash windows have been refurbished and areas of internal brickwork left exposed.

A new lift, lighting, video entry systems, air conditioning, network cabling and broadband have been added, along with communal kitchens and a shower room.

The project was managed by James Slater, who heads the building surveying team at Hortons' Estate.

He said: "To strip back the interior, retain original character features and then bring the space up to modern occupational standards was a real journey but I'm thrilled with the result.

"Each of the offices is individual, with its own unique quirks, such as high ceilings and exposed brickwork walls, showing the scars of the building's history."

Hortons' worked with Jewellery Quarter-based BPN Architects and Greswolde Construction to reconfigure the space to create 10,000 sq ft of grade A offices.

Consultancies Johnson Fellows and Lambert Smith Hampton have been appointed to market the space.

The ground floor retail units along Colmore Row are also nearing completion, with signed occupiers including Gusto, The Alchemist and Crockett & Jones expected to commence fit out work soon.

Inside the new offices at The Grand
Inside the new offices at The Grand



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