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Birmingham’s hotbed of tech talent could be key to success says leading innovation director 

25 May 18

Greater Birmingham and the West Midlands has a unique opportunity to embrace the latest PropTech trend says a leading innovation director from property experts JLL, with the largest tech & digital sector outside London.


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Growing language school expands into new Birmingham office 

23 May 18

Blue Marble Asset Management (Blue Marble) has helped the Birmingham office of an international network of higher-education institutions to expand into new premises.


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Design guru inspires booming Birmingham’s next generation 

23 May 18

An architect and interior designer, famous for transforming the living spaces of families across Britain, has inspired the next generation of property professionals in the thriving West Midlands.


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Willmott Dixon brings collaboration to the fore with new Birmingham city centre hub 

18 May 18

Willmott Dixon is putting collaboration at the heart of its business, having moved in to its new city centre hub in Birmingham.


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Bond Wolfe sells high profile West Bromwich retail investment 

18 May 18

Commercial property agent Bond Wolfe has sold a landmark High Street retail parade in West Bromwich in the latest of a series of high profile freehold sales achieved by the company this year.


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BOSS helps flexible office provider iHub double its space in Birmingham 

18 May 18

BOSS, the Birmingham-based commercial property agency that acts for tenants seeking office space, has acquired the 18,400 sq ft third floor of Colmore Gate in central Birmingham on behalf of clients iHub.


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Rugby triumph as Midlands Property team reclaims crown 

18 May 18

Midlands property specialists have claimed a national rugby crown for the 10th time in 11 years after winning the inaugural Four Regions Cup held at Northern Football Club, Gosforth.


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New images of £82m Dudley leisure and retail development revealed 

16 May 18

This will be the stunning image of Dudley’s historic skyline if an £82million leisure and retail complex gets the green light.


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John Truslove deal brings huge new gym and 25 jobs to Redditch 

16 May 18

A huge new 24-hour gym has created 25 jobs in Redditch town centre, in a deal sealed by property agents John Truslove.


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Pantheon Park gets motoring with Arnold Clark 

15 May 18

Arnold Clark has announced plans for a major investment in the Wednesfield area, near Wolverhampton, that will lead to the direct creation of 85 new jobs and kickstart the redevelopment of the Pantheon Park employment site.


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EGL helps developer to hit hat-trick of property deals 

15 May 18

A Birmingham-based law firm has helped a leading commercial property developer to complete three major new deals in the Midlands.


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Ed Kennerley joins Knight Frank Birmingham industrial team 

14 May 18

Property consultancy Knight Frank has appointed Ed Kennerley as an associate in its Midlands logistics and industrial agency team.


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Holt Commercial expands with new starters 

14 May 18

A commercial property agency, which has offices in Coventry and Birmingham, has appointed two new recruits to continue its growth.


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Pure Gym pumped up for launch at The Arcadian 

14 May 18

Pure Gym has announced it is pumping up its Birmingham presence by opening a gym at the leading city centre leisure destination, The Arcadian.


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West Midlands’ property market in good health despite Brexit fears 

9 May 18

Cushman & Wakefield has presented its Birmingham Property Outlook for 2018 and beyond.


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Non-core areas disappearing from Birmingham office market 

9 May 18

Birmingham’s central core continued to dominate the city’s office market in the first quarter of 2018, as Edgbaston, Digbeth and Eastside almost disappeared from the Q1 take-up figures, according to Birmingham-based independent commercial …


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Soliciting great design in Birmingham 

9 May 18

Major UK law firm Mills & Reeve has appointed Area, one of the UK’s leading commercial design and fit-out specialists, to design and refurbish its Birmingham office.


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Cushman & Wakefield announces Birmingham promotions 

9 May 18

Cushman & Wakefield has made 60 promotions to Partner, Associate/Associate Director and Senior Surveyor level across the UK in its latest round of promotions, including two for its Birmingham office.


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Naylors acquires national distribution HQ for gaming group 

9 May 18

Commercial property specialist Naylors has completed the acquisition of a national distribution headquarters in West Bromwich, on behalf of a UK gaming and entertainment group.


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Office deals show strength of Birmingham’s recruitment sector 

4 May 18

The number of recruitment companies which took new office space in Birmingham in the first quarter of 2018 is extremely encouraging for the continuing growth of the city’s economy, according to Birmingham-based independent commercial property…


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Knight Frank appoints Senior Surveyor and Senior Associate 

4 May 18

Caroline Saxon has been appointed senior surveyor at property consultancy Knight Frank’s Birmingham office.


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JLL’s Jonathan Carmalt takes the reins at BOMF 

3 May 18

Jonathan Carmalt, JLL’s head of office agency in Birmingham, has been appointed chairman of the Birmingham Office Market Forum (BOMF).


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West Bromwich industrial estate sold for over £1.5m 

2 May 18

A West Bromwich warehouse has been bought for more than £1.5 million as investors seek high-yield industrial investments across the UK.


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Plans for Springfield Campus given green light 

2 May 18

New plans for the University of Wolverhampton’s School of Architecture and the Built Environment at the £100m Springfield Campus have been approved.


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Latest GVA development map highlights Birmingham’s continued growth 

1 May 18

The Midlands office of GVA has launched its latest Evolving Cities map for Birmingham.


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55 Colmore Row and Alpha Works triumph at BCO annual Midlands and Central England awards 

27 Apr 18

55 Colmore Row and Alpha Works have been recognised as two of the best workplaces in the Midlands and Central England at the annual British Council for Offices’ (BCO) regional awards, held yesterday (26th April) at Birmingham Town Hall…


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New offices for Rapleys in Birmingham and London 

27 Apr 18

Commercial property and planning consultancy Rapleys has announced the opening of its new offices in both Birmingham and London as part of the firm’s ongoing nationwide growth strategy.


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Best first quarter in five years for Solihull and M42 office market 

26 Apr 18

The Solihull and M42 office market enjoyed its most successful first quarter of the year since 2013, with more than 91,000 sq ft of space transacted, demonstrating its robustness and ability to attract a diverse range of occupiers, according…


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Transport and construction leaders join with Innovation Birmingham to bolster support for small businesses 

26 Apr 18

Leading organisations in the transport and construction sectors have launched a new incubation programme to accelerate the growth of innovative SMEs and start-ups in the region, and help Birmingham strive towards affirming its status as a …


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Bullish businesses move to revamped historic offices 

25 Apr 18

An historic building in Birmingham’s key business district is fast approaching full occupancy as occupiers seek high quality office accommodation in the city, says Lambert Smith Hampton (LSH).


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Southam’s Big Space goes to Maricott Developments & Warwickshire County Council 

25 Apr 18

The remaining 5 acres of the popular Holywell Business Park in Southam, Warwickshire has been sold to Warwickshire County Council and Maricott Developments by Rego Property.


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Odgers Berndtson expands and extends lease at Brindleyplace until 2023 

25 Apr 18

Hines, the international real estate firm, has announced that global executive search firm Odgers Berndtson, has taken additional space and committed to remain at its current home at Birmingham’s Brindleyplace until 2023.


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New co-working space comes to AshbyCapital’s The Colmore Building 

24 Apr 18

AshbyCapital, the property investment advisory company, has signed a deal with existing shared workspace operator Orega that will see new co-working space and additional serviced offices at The Colmore Building in Birmingham’s city centre…


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IM Group invests £30m in new state-of-the-art HQ campus 

24 Apr 18

IM Group Ltd (IM) has announced plans to relocate its headquarters from Coleshill to Fore Business Park in Solihull, bringing in excess of 250 jobs to the area.


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Colliers International promotes seven in Birmingham 

24 Apr 18

Colliers International has announced the promotion of 49 employees across the UK and Northern Ireland, with seven of these in the Birmingham office.


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LSH embraces agile working with office move 

20 Apr 18

Commercial property consultancy Lambert Smith Hampton (LSH) is entering a new chapter in its Midlands operations after moving offices and embracing agile and collaborative working.


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RICS Matrics in Birmingham appoints Vail Williams surveyor as new Chair 

20 Apr 18

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has appointed Chartered surveyor, Emily Knowles, to Chair its regional networking and support body in Birmingham.


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Focus on future as opticians appoint Overbury 

20 Apr 18

An office fit out and refurbishment specialist has been appointed to deliver a new flagship national resource centre for trainee opticians in Birmingham.


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Planning granted on Gateway Wolverhampton site and works to commence 

19 Apr 18

Trebor Developments, in conjunction with ASK Developments Limited, have agreed contracts with Euro Garages to develop the final phase of the Gateway site, Wolverhampton, located next to Junction 2 of the M54, on the Stafford Road.


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IM Properties pushes forward with final phase of The Hub 

18 Apr 18

IM Properties is to undertake its third and final phase of speculative development at the Hub, Birmingham where it will develop three units totaling 152,000 sq ft.


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Clegg starts work on new multi-million pound Student’s Union hub 

18 Apr 18

Clegg Construction has started work on a new purpose-built Students’ Union building at a West Midlands university.


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Wakemans supports Travelodge’s Midlands expansion 

17 Apr 18

National property and construction consultancy Wakemans is helping the UK’s first budget hotel chain, Travelodge, to build its presence across the West Midlands and is on-site building a new hotel in Solihull.


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Harris Lamb secures Walsall presence for fusion fast food chain Wrapchic 

16 Apr 18

Harris Lamb has continued its run of acquisitions for fusion fast food chain Wrapchic, securing a prime location in Walsall town centre.


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Central Birmingham office market take up figures Quarter 1, 2018 

11 Apr 18

Office take up in quarter one, 2018 in the central Birmingham office market totalled 148,483 sq ft in 22 deals as scheduled in the table below, compiled by the Birmingham Office Market Forum.


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CBRE makes senior promotions in Birmingham 

11 Apr 18

CBRE has promoted five staff at its office in Birmingham.


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Wealth of new talent at Grant Thornton in Birmingham 

11 Apr 18

Business and financial adviser Grant Thornton’s Birmingham office has boosted its wealth advisory team with two senior appointments.


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Wavenet is latest member of the Blythe community 

10 Apr 18

A fast-growing technology communications business has switched its HQ to IM Properties’ (IMP) Blythe Valley Park (BVP) on J4 of the M42.


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Tower cranes arrive on site for next phase of Paradise 

10 Apr 18

Two brand new tower cranes are taking their place on the city’s skyline as the next construction phase of Paradise Birmingham swings into action.


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Birmingham highlighted as key investment city during visit from Chancellor Philip Hammond 

6 Apr 18

Birmingham as a key city for investment was the message reinforced this week during a visit to the city by the Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond.


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It’s time for investors stick to their principles, warns commercial property wealth manager 

4 Apr 18

Commercial property investors must stick to their principles on new acquisitions, or face the consequences, warns a Birmingham commercial property wealth manager.


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Toshiba takes remaining space in West Bromwich’s Guardian House 

4 Apr 18

West Bromwich’s premier office building is now fully let with the arrival of Toshiba TEC UK Imaging Systems in Guardian House.


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Berkeley Group takes new central Birmingham office 

4 Apr 18

FTSE 100 housebuilder Berkeley Group has agreed to acquire 4,700 sq ft of office space at 9 Colmore Row in the heart of Birmingham’s business district.


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Sanderson Weatherall strengthens its Birmingham office 

3 Apr 18

National property consultancy Sanderson Weatherall has recently strengthened its Birmingham team with two new appointments to accommodate its growing business across the Midlands and further afield.


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Rail operator makes tracks to 134 Edmund Street 

29 Mar 18

West Midlands Trains Ltd is relocating its Birmingham headquarters to new offices at 134 Edmund Street in the city centre.


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Major new steel manufacturing facility in Oldbury is ready to roll 

28 Mar 18

Leading Midlands’ commercial developer, Trebor Developments LLP, has announced successful completion of its new steel manufacturing facility at Popes Lane, Oldbury, for Steel & Alloy Processing Limited.


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Blue Marble takes on management of CRT property portfolio 

28 Mar 18

Blue Marble Asset Management (Blue Marble) has increased the value of property assets under its management to well in excess of £100 million, by taking on the asset management of the property portfolio of CRT Property Investments Ltd, a subsidiary…


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Work re-starts on One Chamberlain Square 

26 Mar 18

Work on One Chamberlain Square at Paradise Birmingham has restarted after the appointment of a new main contractor.


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New aerial images of Three Snowhill released 

22 Mar 18

Three Snowhill is the third and final office development on the Snowhill estate in Birmingham.


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LSH helps Accord Housing to build on its manufacturing base 

19 Mar 18

National property consultancy Lambert Smith Hampton (LSH) has secured a high quality industrial unit for social housing provider Accord to enable it to increase its off-site homes manufacturing facility.


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Overbury completes property giant’s Birmingham HQ 

19 Mar 18

International real estate advisor Savills has completed its move to Birmingham landmark office building 55 Colmore Row after the fit out was completed by Overbury.