Calthorpe Estates continues to pick up awards – one of the most recent being the West Midlands Commercial Developer of the Year award for the £40 million Calthorpe House development, as well as recognition for the company’s green developments.

Sir Euan Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe’s work in looking after the 1,500-acre Calthorpe Estate in Edgbaston has also been recognised. He was awarded an honorary degree from the University of Birmingham in recognition of the company’s ongoing contribution to the university and the city.

Sir Euan has worked closely with the management team of Calthorpe Estates and the board of trustees to develop the Edgbaston estate sympathetically, and in a sustainable way.

The Estate has been overseen by 43-year-old Sir Euan’s family – one of the oldest in Birmingham – for 300 years with the aim of making the area one of the best places in which to live and work

Throughout that time the family refused to allow factories or warehouses to be built within the Estate, so creating a high quality urban village, and leading to the area’s high property values. It wasn’t until the late 19th century that Edgbaston – then a town in its own right – came under Birmingham administration.

One of the largest projects is the construction of the new University Science park on the former BBC Pebble Mill site. The project is being delivered through an alliance involving Calthorpe Estates, Advantage West Midlands University of Birmingham, Central Technology Belt and Birmingham City Council. The £90 million scheme is pivotal to the wealth creation strategy of the area and should help to stimulate new investment capital.

Calthorpe Estates is investing £350 million to give Edgbaston its biggest transformation to date. This includes the award-winning Calthorpe House – 105,000 sq ft of prime office space off Five Ways Island – and the £110 million Edgbaston Galleries development. Plans for the site of this former retail complex include a specialist foodstore, retail and leisure facilities, a hotel, grade A offices and parking for 800 cars.

The Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe family lives in Hampshire.