Work begins on Birmingham’s first smart-enabled building, Bruntwood Scitech’s Innovation Birmingham Campus

The construction of Birmingham’s first smart-enabled building, Enterprise Wharf, is now underway at the Innovation Birmingham Campus, part of the Bruntwood Scitech network, in what is a major boost to the city’s economic recovery.

  • Bruntwood SciTech, a 50:50 joint venture between Bruntwood and Legal & General is the UK’s leading property provider dedicated to the growth of the science and tech sector;
  • Bruntwood SciTech specialises in the creation and development of thriving innovation districts, with 9 sector-specialist campuses across the UK.

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Established in 2018 in a joint venture between leading regional property company Bruntwood and Legal & General, Bruntwood SciTech is dedicated to driving the growth of the UK science and technology sector.  With a portfolio valued at more than £526.8m, totalling over 1.8m sq ft and home to over 500 science and tech businesses the Bruntwood SciTech network includes nine sector-specialist campuses across Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool, Birmingham, Alderley Park – the UK’s largest single-site life science campus, and most recently Melbourn Science Park in the heart of the ‘golden triangle’.

The development of Enterprise Wharf marks the expansion of the region’s leading digital and tech campus, which is already home to an established cluster of more than 150 businesses working in high growth areas such as fintech, prop-tech, edtech, 5G and VR and will provide much needed grow-on space for tech businesses looking to expand or relocate to the city.

Located next to Aston University and Birmingham City University, in the heart of the Birmingham Knowledge Quarter, the 10 storey, 120,000 sq ft Enterprise Wharf will feature a large, open plan reception and collaboration space, cycle storage with kit drying room, space for electric vehicle charging, showers and a roof garden with stunning views over the city.  New external landscaping will create a new green space for the campus, providing direct, much improved access to the adjacent Birmingham and Fazeley Canal.

Embedded with smart, Internet of Things (IoT) technology, Enterprise Wharf will collect and have the ability to monitor data from the Building Management System, HVAC, lighting and CCTV. Data from a range of sensors will be displayed in a purpose-built dashboard; allowing air quality, lighting and energy consumption to be managed and optimised, creating a healthy, productive and sustainable workplace. 

Enterprise Wharf will be the first new development at the Innovation Birmingham Campus to incorporate measures towards the achievement of Net Zero Carbon; including an A-rated EPC together with 100 m2 of PV solar power, and a combined air source heat pump and chiller system enabling highly efficient heating, heat recovery, and cooling. The building’s facade has also been optimised to provide high thermal efficiency, minimising internal artificial lighting requirements.

David Hardman, Managing Director, Bruntwood SciTech - Birmingham, said:

“Enterprise Wharf will be a valuable and important addition to Birmingham’s already thriving tech ecosystem.  Birmingham boasts world-class universities, a skilled talent pool and fantastic transport links making it the UK’s top city for startups.

“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.”

Planning permission for Enterprise Wharf was granted in April 2020. GRAHAM has been appointed as the main contractor and agents include Avison Young, CBRE and Savills.

Enterprise Wharf is due to complete in late 2022.

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