Chord Deeley has kick-started the marketing of the biggest development in the Jewellery Quarter for two centuries with the appointment of GBR and DTZ.
The joint agents will be responsible for securing tenants for the 220,000 sq ft/20,438 sq m Kettleworks scheme, which is phase one of the developer’s £160million St Georges development.
The developer is to convert the former Swan kitchenware factory in to BREEAM excellent office space, with single floor plates of up to 50,000 sq ft.
A fifth floor is also planned for the building, which dates back to 1900 and a neighbouring 1950s office extension will be extensively refurbished while an adjacent warehouse will be transformed into a multi-storey car park.
A further 42,000 sq ft/3,902 sq m of retail/leisure space will be available on the ground floor of the building, fronting a new public square.
The latter will be only the second public square in the Jewellery Quarter and, at 60m x 50m, is equivalent to Brindleyplace’s Oozell’s Square.
The proposed multi-storey will provide 323 spaces for cars, 38 motorcycle slots and 130 bicycle spaces for the Kettleworks. The St Georges scheme occupies a 2.75 acre/6.8 acre site bounded by Icknield Street, Camden Street and Carver Street. The site also incorporates Moreton Street and Pope Street, where the new square will be located.
The development will create a prominent gateway at the run-down Icknield Street entrance to the Jewellery Quarter, and is one of the biggest regeneration sites in the city. The plans will also improve connectivity with this area of the Jewellery Quarter and the city centre.
Upon completion it will include a range of office, residential and retail/leisure space, including two new hotels and the multi-storey car park, with workspace for 2,500 people. GBR’s John Griffiths said: “At £15 per sq ft the Kettleworks fills a major gap in the market for large, affordable floor plates close to the city centre.
“The life cycle cost model we have undertaken indicates that running costs will be just £1.75 per sq ft per annum,” he added.
“As such, we believe the Kettleworks will be the most cost effective building in the country. As an office location, central Birmingham can now deliver such a varied range of opportunities. It is not just a high quality business location, it’s a highly competitive one too.
“The exceptionally high parking ratio at the Kettleworks, and excellent local transport links, including a train station, two Metro stops and major bus routes means it will undoubtedly be on the shopping list of large occupiers and we are encouraged by the initial market response. Chord Deeley is a joint venture between Jewellery Quarter-based developer Chord and Coventry-based national developer Deeley Properties.
Urban Initiatives, the consultants behind Birmingham’s Big City Plan, are responsible for masterplanning St Georges. Scheme architects are Online Architects Limited; Wright Silverwood is marketing the retail and leisure accommodation.