The organisation established to raise standards of architecture has opened a new centre in the heart of Birmingham.
Midlands Architecture and the Designed Environment (MADE) has taken the first floor of 6-7 Newhall Street from RO St Bernards (ROSB).
Funded by Advantage West Midlands, the Arts Council and CABE (the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment), MADE runs training courses, exhibitions and networking events for those working in the built environment and the building will act as its new architecture centre.
MADE has taken a six-year lease on 1,970 sq ft at 6-7 Newhall Square, moving from Fazeley Street, in Digbeth, having outgrown its premises. The organisation employs eight full- and part-time staff and has an expert panel of 40 built environment specialists including architects, artists, engineers, designers and urban designers.
David Tittle, chief executive of MADE, said: “Given that our mission is to raise architectural standards, it is important that we practice what we preach.
“6-7 Newhall Square was specifically designed as a low carbon building, without the need for air conditioning.
“The façade, glazing, wall insulation, solar control blinds and natural ventilation make it one of the most energy efficient buildings in Birmingham.
“On a practical level, as well as housing our team, we now have additional exhibition and function space, and access to a lecture theatre for our training courses,” he added.
6-7 Newhall Square is part of the £63 million mixed-use Newhall Square scheme which comprises 10,856 sq ft set over five floors.
Craig Satchwell, director and head of the office team at Colliers International in Birmingham, said: “MADE is exactly the type of occupier we have been seeking for 6-7 Newhall Square.
“The premises provides a unique opportunity for smaller occupiers to reap the benefits of low carbon Grade A accommodation usually the preserve of larger corporates, given that a building of similar specification is typically much larger,” Mr Tittle added.
Also at Newhall Square is a 100-bed Travelodge, the hotel chain’s best-performing UK operation, fronting a new public square; 144 Newhall Street, a Grade II-listed building which has been refurbished for office space, and The Engine Room, the refurbished former exhibition hall of the Science Museum, for which a new tenant is being sought.
Agents on the scheme are Colliers International and GBR Phoenix Beard.