Work has started on site in West Bromwich for one of the West Midland’s biggest regeneration projects – and the first new office scheme in the town for over 30 years.
Construction specialists Bowmer & Kirkland have been appointed by Birmingham-based developers Stoford to commence work on the first phase of the £75million All Saints project in the heart of the town centre that will provide some 1,000 jobs.
The first phase will create a stunning new headquarters building for BT.
Fred Lynch, of BT Transform Sandwell said: “BT is delighted that the new building is now starting to take physical shape. The regional business centre demonstrates BT’s long term partnership with Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council. It also reinforces BT’s other commitments to regenerating the borough by bringing new jobs.”
The 88,000sq ft contemporary office space will be a flagship for environmentally sustainable regeneration. Designed by award-winning Glenn Howells Architects, it will be constructed to BREEAM ‘Excellent’ standards and incorporate all the latest energy efficient features.
The BT building will be situated in a prime position within the 245,000sq ft All Saints scheme which occupies a seven acre-site and is being brought forward by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council and Regional Development Agency, Advantage West Midlands.
Mick Laverty, Chief Executive at Advantage West Midlands, which is investing more than £6 million in the project, said: “All Saints is an excellent example of how AWM targets investment in areas where it is needed most and where it can achieve maximum impact.
“Our development team put in a lot of groundwork with partners to make this project a reality. The end reward will be an office development that will attract businesses and create quality jobs in West Bromwich in years to come.”
Matt Burgin, Director of Stoford, said: “We are very pleased that we are under way with the first phase of this key regeneration site within Sandwell. The start of works is testament to the significant efforts made by all the parties involved through a very difficult economic period.
“It is a landmark scheme which is generating serious enquiries from many of the UK’s biggest companies. We have very exciting times ahead.”
Councillor Ian Jones, the Cabinet Member for Jobs and Economy at Sandwell Council, said: “I welcome this significant milestone in the development of a new town centre for West Bromwich. The new BT office development will set high standards for the next phase of the redevelopment of the town. Moreover, the All Saints development provides further opportunities for inward investment proposals that will provide employment opportunities within the emerging town centre.”
Earlier this year (March), Stoford secured £8million of development funding from Lloyds TSB Corporate Markets to help bring the scheme to fruition.