BM3 Now Offer Principal Designer Service Under CDM 2015

Following a period of training BM3 staff are up to speed with CDM2015 and can act as Principal Designer helping clients to fulfil their duties under the revised Regulations.

For further information please contact Richard Powell or Jason Carpenter.

Edward Street, Birmingham

BM3 Architecture, working for Orion Capital Developments, have recently submitted a Planning Application for a development at Edward Street, Birmingham. The proposal for Edward House combines 82 flats with 295m2 of commercial space on the ground floor level with associated parking.

The scheme is a mixture of 1 and 2 bedroom apartments over 8 floors with one 3 bedroom apartment at the penthouse level.

The scheme has been designed to maximise the 0.16 ha brownfield site which is currently being used as a car park. A key aim of the development is to improve the quality of housing within the limits of the city centre, with specific attention to Birmingham City Council’s aspiration to raise the general standard of buildings around the City Centre to achieve the highest levels of design

Urban Labyrinth

If you found yourself in Digbeth during July then you may have stumbled upon BM3 Architectures ‘Urban Labyrinth’, an exhibition exploring the changing face of Birmingham through photography and sound.

The purpose built exhibition, constructed entirely from recycled palettes sourced from the local area was part of the RIBAs 2015 ‘Love Architecture’ festival which celebrates architecture and the built environment throughout the summer with events to inspire those of all ages.

The team at BM3 designed and constructed a pallet pavilion in the yard of their Birmingham head office. The Urban Labyrinth structure was inspired by a quote from Architect Glen Murcutt who said that buildings should aim to ‘touch the ground lightly’; this led to the adaptable, temporary and light weight structure causing little interruption to the surrounding area. The shape of the labyrinth was created by mapping the routes that members of the team took from their homes to the BM3 office in Digbeth, part of these routes were then cut out, reconfigured and the angular road layouts softened to better reflect the natural pattern of walking through the city.

Once inside the Urban Labyrinth there are 3 areas for visitors to explore. The journey starts in the largest space where the story behind the labyrinth is explained along with the inspiration behind the design, visitors then move to the second ‘room’ which has been described by guests as a ‘hanging historical chamber’ where photos of Birmingham dating back to 1930 and present hang around you as you meander through. The final part of the labyrinth invites visitors to share their vision for the future of the Birmingham by leaving comments on large scale maps of the city and to connect with BM3 on social media by posing for ‘selfies’ in front of a large cityscape. In keeping with the locally sourced theme, Birmingham based photographers were invited to provide images for the photographic element of the exhibition. Verity Milligan, Tom Bird and James Benwell provided incredible images of the city which were mounted onto the bare brick wall of the BM3 yard, creating a rustic, outdoor gallery.

The exhibition ran for three consecutive weekends during July all of which were a huge success despite the unpredictable British weather. Members of the Urban Labyrinth design and construction teams were on hand to welcome guests and steward the event. On the last weekend BM3 Architecture ran a one off construction workshop for children, giving them the opportunity to build tall structures using only marshmallows and spaghetti. The children’s workshop drew in a large amount of families for the last weekend of the event ensuring that the ‘Urban Labyrinth’ went out on a high.

With the Urban Labyrinth exhibition complete be sure to keep an eye on the BM3 Architecture social media to find out about up and coming events.

RIBA Love Architecture 2015

For the 4th year running the RIBA is bringing the ‘Love Architecture’ festival to the West Midlands and this year BM3 Architecture will be part of the initiative.

Throughout the summer, events will take place across the country that will be celebrating architecture and the built environment with the aim to inspire people of all ages. The festival celebrates the architecture of individual buildings as well as streets and neighbourhoods with activities for everyone including exhibitions, workshops, walks, behind the scenes tours and film nights.

‘URBAN LABYRINTH’ by BM3 Architecture is an exhibit and pavilion exploring the changing image of the city of Birmingham and the challenges it faces; through pictorial reflections.

The pavilion will explore temporary, lightweight and adaptable design concepts that are contextual to the surroundings and will be constructed using locally sourced, recycled materials.

The Labyrinth will house an exhibition of photographs from local architects, artists and photographers who have captured the changing nature of the city overtime. The intention of the project is to evoke, in the visitor a vision for the future of their city and facilitate an exchange of ideas through the medium of drawing. Visitors will be encouraged to explore on paper what they perceive the future of Birmingham to be.

BM3 Architecture invites you to come along, discover and draw a utopian vision for your city.

RICS 2015 Awards

BM3 have been shortlisted for the RICS Midlands Awards 2015 with BMHT schemes at Newtown and Lyndhurst for Housing Development of the Year and Regeneration Scheme of the Year.

Previously known as one of the most deprived council owned estates in the north of Birmingham the redevelopment of the Lyndhurst Estate gave the site the focus and investment that it needed to change its prospects for the future. With involvement from new and existing residents the mixed tenure estate was transformed from a neighbourhood notorious for crime and antisocial behaviour to an area of mixed tenure dwellings with a sense of community.

The regeneration project at North East Newtown focused on reconnecting the community and revitalising the local area through a redevelopment of the sites layout and housing stock. Working closely with existing residents revealed a need for significant change within the neighbourhood resulting in 287 new build, mixed tenure dwellings in a contemporary, modern style, improved hard and soft landscaping and enhanced public open spaces, reinforcing the importance of community within the estate.

The winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony and Dinner on 21 May at Birmingham Town Hall.

LABC Awards: London Finalist

BM3 is proud to announce that it was a finalist in the 2015 LABC London Awards for Best High Volume New Housing Development. We were nominated by our client Fairview New Homes along with project engineer OCSC for “Block Q” of the Colindale Phase 2 scheme.

The LABC awards recognise excellence in the delivery of outstanding construction and workmanship. We are especially pleased for this recognition of the attention to detail and hard work by our London office on this £21m housing scheme.

BM3 Architecture was appointed in 2012 to carry out post planning working drawings for 2no apartment blocks comprising 198 dwellings with a mix of studio, 1, 2 & 3 bedroom apartments. The two blocks are part of the second phase of the master-planned development to provide the area with over 900 new homes. The buildings are between 4 and 7 storeys in height, with the construction utilising a reinforced concrete frame together with a traditional masonry building envelope.

Bm3 formed a strong working relationship with the client and were further engaged to carryout post planning work on phases 3 & 4 of the Colindale former hospital site.

We are currently working on phase 4 of this development, a mixed use scheme of 6 blocks comprised of 396 apartments and 3 commercial units. Be sure to check back with us to follow the progress of the project.

Primrose Estate, Kings Norton

BM3 working with EC Harris have recently gained outline planning permission for the BMHT regeneration scheme at the Primrose Estate, Kings Norton.

The Masterplan framework will deliver a residential development of maximum 295 replacement homes including 50% affordable housing, to deliver an improved diversity of housing type, tenure and affordability.

The scheme includes a proposed new local centre with a village park, mixed use development and a supermarket fronting onto Redditch Road to provide a focus and local destination for the community.

Landscape Architecture Services

BM3 has employed Ross Pritchard to establish a new design service we can offer to our clients. As a qualified Landscape Architect, Ross will raise the profile of landscape design and further enhance the quality of our work. With his experience of both large and small scale projects we are confident that we can meet our clients expectations for fully integrated landscape design as part of their developments.