Best of the Best Award

This impressive 12-storey building combines outstanding architecture with an innovative commercial offer. Eleven Brindleyplace’s innovative “meeting space” concept provides a quality convening and conference area for its occupiers and external customers.

Eleven Brindleyplace really made its mark on the judges and stood out in both the region and its category. Argent, the developer, set the team clear but aspirational objectives, the outcome of which is the provision of a building that beneficially adds to the legacy of Brindleyplace and re-enforces its position as a scheme of national significance. Number Eleven provides a well thought out solution, which can be differentiated in the marketplace and is a fitting finale to this renowned iconic development.

From the outset, Argent wanted the building to provide space that was suitable for a different demographic than was dominant in the rest of the development and provide a small floor plate in a scheme renowned for its large floor areas. The designers were tasked to provide space suitable for up-and-coming businesses and growing companies, while the letting agents were encouraged to give flexible deals and short-term leases; with space available from 1,200 sq ft up to around 8,645 sq ft per floor.

The success of Eleven Brindleyplace is down to the integrity of the design and betrays the strength of partnership between Argent and locally based Glenn HowellsArchitects. On approaching the building, immediately apparent is the welcoming disposition of the entrance, the clear signage, the integration of the coffee shop and restaurant, and the detailing of the façade. The development displays a great feel for the open space and enhances the public realm. The distinctive glazed façade has become a key feature of the Brindleyplace sightscape in Birmingham’s city centre.

The estate now has one of Birmingham’s first BREEAM “Excellent” buildings. The building’s sustainable features include a brown roof planted to attract wildlife and brise soleil solar shading, which creates the building’s unique external elevations.

Ultimately, the building has been a victim of its own success; owing to the fact that everybody wants to take space and not just for incubation. The attraction of, and the letting to, the traditional blue-chip occupiers, including Colliers International, Friend LLP, Robert Walters and the Institute of Directors, is testimony to the quality of the product and the skills, market knowledge and competence of the developer and its team. If proof of the pudding were needed, Argent itself even moved in.


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