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The Junction
Adderley Street, Digbeth, Birmingham, UK
CLIENT  HUB ARCHITECT  ShedKM
quantity surveying – employer’s agent
The canalside brownfield site that our client is working on in Birmingham presents opportunities and risks. Acting as quantity surveyor and employer’s agent, we outlined the most cost-effective route to mitigating the risks, managing complex site investigation works — including the locating and surveying of a 14m deep active culvert.

The Junction

UNITS
1,935 residential units
HEIGHTS
six buildings from 6 to 25 storeys
AREAS
GIA 1,192,062 sq ft
MATERIALS
concrete frame, brick facade

STRUCTURAL + CIVIL ENGINEER
Copeland Wedge Associates
MEP CONSULTANT
Couch Perry Wilkes
PLANNING CONSULTANT
Avison Young

SECTORS
commercial, residential, mixed use
COMPLETION
submitted for planning April 2020

Site constraints for this project include an existing bus garage that operates 24/7, ex-gasworks structures still in place below ground, a nearby canal and the 14m culvert that crosses the site, the exact position of which was undocumented. We procured and managed intrusive surveys across the whole site, using the findings to improve the cost estimates for construction works and to define the extent of gasworks decommissioning that will be required. Circle also procured and coordinated de-watering works for the culvert, followed by locational and condition surveys. This early-stage input helped the design team find the best solutions.

Our relationships with local Birmingham contractors helped us give depth to the project’s cost plan, as we were able to compare cost data with them for key elements of the overall scheme. A masterplan hybrid planning application for the project has now been submitted.

images : courtesy MBT and ShedKM
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