Construction begins on Enterprise Wharf at Innovation Birmingham Campus

WCN Editorial Team 30 Apr 2021 EUROPE BUILDINGS

Construction firm Graham Group has started construction on Birmingham’s first smart-enabled building at Innovation Birmingham Campus in the UK.

The building, dubbed Enterprise Wharf, is situated beside Aston University and Birmingham City University.

The new 10-storey, 120,000ft2 building will include a large, open plan reception and collaboration space, cycle storage with kit drying room, electric vehicle charging space, showers and a roof garden.

The UK-based construction company has been selected as the main contractor while Avison Young, CBRE and Savills were appointed as agents for the project, which received planning permission in April last year.

It stated that the new development marks the expansion of the region’s digital and tech campus.

The tech campus already accommodates more than 150 businesses working in high growth areas including fintech, proptech, edtech, 5G and VR.

Slated to be completed by late 2022, Enterprise Wharf will be equipped with smart, Internet of Things (IoT) technology. It will have the capacity to collect and monitor the data from the Building Management System, HVAC, lighting and CCTV.

Bruntwood SciTech - Birmingham managing director David Hardman said: “Enterprise Wharf will be a valuable and important addition to Birmingham’s already thriving tech ecosystem. This expansion now opens up the Campus’ innovation capabilities to larger companies looking for opportunities to access innovation and talent in the region.

“Birmingham’s first smart-enabled building offers a unique and unrivalled opportunity for tech businesses to benefit from super-fast and reliable connectivity, smart access control and visitor management as well as the ability to control temperature and lighting to reduce CO2 emissions and improve wellbeing and sustainability.”

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Enterprise Wharf will collect and monitor the data from the Building Management System, HVAC, lighting and CCTV. Credit: GRAHAM Group.

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