A new lease of life arrives in Birmingham city centre's Convention Quarter this month with the launch of the largest refurbished office building to come on to the market this year, offering nearly 100,000 sq ft of prime office space.
Quayside is a 17-storey landmark building opposite Brindleyplace on Broad Street, one of the city's most high profile arterial routes.
Purchased by developers Kenmore in April 2002, the building has undergone an extensive 12-month refurbishment programme that totalled in excess of 10 million and provides 96,912 sq ft of flexible, air-conditioned office space.
The comprehensive refurbishment programme included the extension of the office floorplates to provide floors of about 6,300 sq ft, together with the whole of the exterior of the building being reclad with an aluminium framed double glazed curtain wall system creating a sleek new landmark building on the city's skyline and providing floorplates with high levels of natural light and impressive views across the city centre.
Quayside also boasts excellent on-site car parking, with 233 spaces within the building as the car park has been repaired, reconfigured, redecorated and re-lit to provide a more convenient, secure and user friendly environment.
The building provides one of the best car parking ratios currently available in the city centre of slightly in excess of 1:400 sq ft, combined with CCTV coverage and swipe card access.
Rob Brook, director of developers Kenmore said: "Quayside offered a prime development opportunity within a superb location.
"The regeneration of Birmingham over the last decade has created a new, vibrant and energetic city that demands high quality buildings.
"The refurbishment programme has ensured that the building provides a modern working environment catering for today's business needs and is therefore a new location which new or indigenous companies who want access to a prestigious city centre location address cannot afford to ignore."
The refurbishment programme has also transformed the former recessed reception area by extending it forward to the remainder of the building frontage with a new canopy and signage enabling instant recognition of the main office entrance.
Joint agents for the scheme are Colliers CRE and Grenville Smith & Duncan. Adrian McStay, of Grenville Smith & Duncan, said: "Quayside is a superb opportunity for those seeking a city centre location at a competitive rental level.
"Situated opposite Brindleyplace and the International Convention Centre, and within easy walking distance of the rest of the city, Quayside has all the right ingredients, combining easy access, great car parking levels and a range of facilities on the doorstep, with a prestigious business address."
Ian Cornock, of Colliers CRE added: "With the current lack of supply of Grade A city centre offices in the city, Quayside will play an important role in helping to provide for the shortfall in office accommodation in the city.
"Ready for immediate occupation, the building sits within a proven business district with existing occupiers in the immediate vicinity including British Telecom, Carlton Media Group, Deloitte & Touche, Lloyds TSB, The Royal Bank of Scotland and Vodafone."