Birmingham is to get its first coffee drive-thru after national chain Costa agreed a deal with Edgbaston landlords Calthorpe Estates.
The agreement was brokered by Birmingham-based retail agency Redleaf, which will see Costa extend and develop a 1,575 sq ft listed building at the Five Ways entrance to the Calthorpe Estate on Calthorpe Road.
A £1.1 million building programme will see the site refurbished to include a 3,064 sq ft coffee shop with drive-thru facilities and 11 parking spaces.
The development is due to start in spring and open in the summer.
Tim Abbotts, director of Estates at Calthorpe Estates, said: “The addition of a high quality coffee retailer has been part of our strategic plans to add to our growing Edgbaston centre customer offer.
“Our long-term vision for this part of Edgbaston is to provide comprehensive retail and leisure facilities that fully support the local working and resident community as well as providing a draw to visitors passing through.”
As part of the plans the existing spa will relocate to refurbished premises on Highfield Road.
Paul Bishton, Redleaf, said: “After a major trial period by the branded coffee chains, we are at the start of another coffee revolution as the major players now roll-out their respective drive-thru concepts.
“This is opening new untapped markets and will secure future development of their businesses.”Birmingham-based Brook Smith Planning were planning consultants for the scheme and secured planning permission.
Project manager and cost consultant DBK has been appointed as project manager, employer’s agent, quantity surveyor and construction, design and management co-ordinator (CDMC).
Tom Swords, acquisitions manager at Costa Coffee, said: “We have been looking for the right site in Birmingham city centre for some time and are delighted to have secured this unit. Located on a main arterial route in and out of the city, it is in the perfect position for us.”