Jewellery school set for expansion

Birmingham City University’s School of Jewellery is set to expand, following the acquisition of a new building in St Paul’s Square. Previously home to Abbey

College, the school has taken over 10 St Paul’s Square, which will reopen in September as a new postgraduate jewellery design and research facility. The School of Jewellery’s library

and computer suite will also move to the new 11,200 sq ft building, enabling the conversion of rooms at the existing and historic core Vittoria Street site into additional studio space for undergraduate students. Founded in 1890, the School of

Jewellery is the largest of its kind in Europe, offering degrees in horology and gemmology,

alongside its jewellery designing and making a courses. The ten-year lease at St Paul’s

Square will see the School of Jewellery grow its full-time and part-time postgraduate courses.

‘This is positive and exciting news for our students and our staff’

Courses to be delivered at the

site include MA Jewellery and Related Products, as well as the MA Luxury Jewellery Management programme. Professor Stephen Bottomley,

head of the School of Jewellery at Birmingham City University, said: “We’re delighted to be building for the future within the historic heart

Expansion: A CGI impression of how the School of Jewellery’s space will look

of the Jewellery Quarter. “It is a great pleasure to be able

to announce growth, investment and support for craft and design in higher education, especially after years that have seen some significant national losses in our specialist subject. “This is positive and exciting

news for our students and our staff and addresses the high demand

First phase of Tunstall is complete

from our academic partners across the world while enabling the School of Jewellery to reach to new countries to achieve greater diversity.” Described by English Heritage as

a ‘national treasure’, Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter is home to more than 500 jewellery firms producing around 40 per cent of British jewellery.

New principals for Avison Young

Commercial property firm Avison Young, which acquired Brindleyplace-based GVA, has announced the addition of 18 new principals to the company’s Midlands office. The appointments are part

Fully let: Tunstall Arrow’s first phase

The first phase of an £11m industrial development at Tunstall on the outskirts of Stoke-on-Trent has been completed, says construction consultancy Wakemans. Wakemans acted as employer’s

agent, quantity surveyor and building surveyor (quality inspection) on behalf of developer Network Space, a new client for the firm. Dean Watson, managing director

at Wakemans, said: “Network Space is committed to meeting growing demand from industrial and logistics businesses across the Midlands. “We’re delighted to be helping

the company progress its plans for this prime site, which is one of six that make up the Ceramic Valley Enterprise Zone and offers key business rates savings to occupiers.” Specialising in small to medium-

sized industrial schemes, Network Space currently has more than 2.5

‘Wakemans has contributed greatly to this very successful development’

million sq ft of new commercial property in the pipeline, valued at in excess of £200m. It is delivering the Tunstall Arrow

scheme in partnership with Stoke- on-Trent City Council, Make it Stoke and the Ceramic Valley Enterprise Zone. The site was acquired in 2013 and construction will be carried out in three stages. Phase 1 – Tunstall Arrow South –

built by Caddick Construction, is now complete and provides a total of 130,000 sq. ft. of space across five units. Ranging in size from 10,208 sq. ft. to 43,500 sq. ft., the high specification detached industrial units incorporate offices

and self-contained loading yards and dedicated parking set. All are fully let, to Q-Railing,

Boels Rental, DHL Express, Pramac- Generac UK and SG Fleet Group. Simon Peters, development

director at Network Space, said: “Wakemans has contributed greatly to this very successful development on a difficult site. “We really appreciate their highly

experienced project management and professional services. “We are delighted to have all five

units let, only five months after completion, and have received numerous compliments on the quality of the finished product.” A former colliery, the 28-acre

Tunstall Arrow site adjoins the A527 (James Brindley Way) in Tunstall. It is also close to the A500, providing easy access to Junction 16 of the M6 motorway.

of 100 new appointments of principals across the UK, Republic of Ireland and Poland. Carl Potter, principal and managing director for the Midlands at Avison Young, said: “The appointment of these individuals to principal is a reflection of their commitment and hard work in their respective fields. “Avison Young has a

significant partnership culture, exemplified through principals having a stake in the business which encourages a collaborative working approach for the overall good and growth of Avison Young. This helps to attract the very best people and drive benefits for our clients and communities.” Avison Young claims to be

the world’s fastest-growing commercial real estate services firm. Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, it is a global firm owned and operated by its principals. The company is comprised

of approximately 5,000 real estate professionals in 120 offices in 20 countries.


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