1-3 Newhall Street

Location Birmingham, UK 
Services SBuilding services, acoustic engineering and sustainability 
Sector Workplace 
Client Ardstone Capital
Architect AHR Architects
Imagery © Daniel Hopkinson/AHR Architects

Alec Stewart

T +44 (0)121 262 2720

1 Newhall Street located in Birmingham City Centre offers 4,645 sq m of grade A office space. Previously called Phoenix House, the building was a 1960s dilapidated office block.

The project involved the Cat A refurbishment of the 12-storey building stripped back to its structural shell with new elevation and facades .

Cundall’s building services team were employed to refurbish the building services infrastructure to revitalise the building and attract new tenants.

The main challenge was the slab to slab height in the existing structure was not favourable for modern building services systems. This meant the engineers had to be flexible with their design to ensure maximum space was available.

The vertical transportation team completed surveys to assess the condition of the existing lifts within the building and the feasibility of achieving an increased level of service.

The building contained two passenger lifts which were reaching the end of their design lifecycle. Traffic analysis indicated that with an increased building population, two new lifts would be required to remain in line with BCO guidelines.

Two 13-person 100kg passenger lifts were specified for the existing lift shafts. Cundall provided the specification, reviewed supplier drawings and completed post occupancy surveys to ensure the lifts provided optimum user comfort and efficiency.