Winvic Construction Ltd has been appointed by two new clients for concurrent works at Edgbaston Stadium in Birmingham. The £93 million GDV project began at the start of January 2021.
The contractor will deliver improvement works at Warwickshire County Cricket Club (WCCC) ahead of the forthcoming 2022 Commonwealth Games. They will also construct a mixed-use scheme for PATRIZIA (UK) which will comprise 375 build to rent (BTR) apartments.
The PATRIZIA privately rented sector (PRS) project, named The Residences, will provide 189 one-bedroom, 169 two-bedroom and 77 three-bedroom apartments, along with circa 20,000 sq ft of commercial space across five units on the ground floor.
Winvic is also to construct five concrete-framed blocks of five, seven, eight, 19 and 18-storeys in situ utilising two tower cranes. There will also be a landscaped podium deck with undercroft car parking and a rooftop amenity space for residents to enjoy, spanning almost 3,000 sq ft.
Full fit-out will be undertaken by Winvic and the project handover will take place over five phases, allowing the cricket club, car park, conference facilities and practice nets to remain open through the works. Challenges for Winvic include installing various underground services whilst managing the water and sewage mains that run through the site and working considerately adjacent to residential housing and the junction of two major routes into Birmingham city centre. Edgbaston Road will be realigned and a new opening on Pershore Road will be formed by Winvic as part of the programme, plus an access road through the site will also be constructed. The work is scheduled to be completed in the second half of 2023.
The works for WCCC on the western side of the stadium will include groundworks, along with the demolition of a derelict building. This is all in preparation for the reconfiguration of the existing car parking, and creation of new parking areas, which will result in a further 229 parking spaces. A new 56,500 sq ft entrance plaza will be constructed, which will enhance the main arrival space for visitors as well as helping to improve accessibility and circulation around the famous cricket stadium. Work will also comprise major drainage attenuation, lighting and landscaping, with circa almost 3,000 trees and shrubs planted. The whole of this project – as well as the landscaping programme for the BTR scheme – will be fully completed in the run-up to summer 2022 when the Commonwealth Games Women’s T20 cricket will be held at Edgbaston.
Mark Jones, Winvic’s Director of Multi-room, commented: “The Residences BTR project and redevelopment works for Warwickshire County Cricket Club are both exciting schemes in different ways, and winning these contracts illustrates Winvic’s breadth of experience across the various areas of construction. Winvic is as comfortable delivering 18 storeys of luxury apartments for PATRIZIA and highways works for WCCC as it is creating over 76,000 sq ft of car parking and a large piazza which will be welcoming people to watch the Commonwealth Games in 18 months. We have already built a great relationship with these two new clients and we’re looking forward to exceeding their expectations.”
Daniel Williams, Head of Development UK and Ireland at PATRIZIA, said: “With this new development we are building a vibrant community where people will want to live. We are at the same time addressing Birmingham’s acute need for first-rate and affordable rental accommodation aimed at local residents, as well as those visiting Edgbaston Stadium. We have worked closely with both Warwickshire County Cricket Club and Homes England to ensure these plans are right for the local community, as well as for the iconic Edgbaston Stadium, the Club and its visitors. Of course those partnerships now also extend to Winvic, and we are delighted to be working with such a delivery-focused contractor that has a wealth of experience in the build-to-rent sector.”
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