Crest Nicholson has been awarded an NHBC Health and Safety Award for Central Plaza, the latest phase, on the 11 year regeneration project at Park Central in Birmingham city centre.
This particular award-winning phase comprises a mixture of 132 one and two bedroom apartments which are split between two buildings. Concrete frame blocks make up the structure of the buildings, with uPVC windows integrated as part of the colour-changing façade. Each building is complemented by a three-storey glazed atrium which sits above a bank of curtain walling, reaching to the full height of the core of the building up to the penthouses which are also embellished with curtain walling.
The Central Plaza project phase began in February 2012 and was completed in August 2014. Crest Nicholson has recently started work on the next phase of the project which is a smaller development and a continuation of an earlier point of the scheme.
Premier Construction Magazine got in touch with the site manager at Crest Nicholson and winner of the NHBC Health and Safety Award, Ross Oates, to find out a little more about the project. Ross said:
“It was challenging because the project as a whole has been built over 11 years and there are two central parks with Central Plaza landlocked by all the previous phases which are fully occupied. The new development has formed a link between the two parks which is now more convenient for the community to walk through.”
According to Ross, the last phase – Phase 11 – will commence sometime next year, and could potentially last three to four years. This will involve the addition of up to 400 homes on the development.
Having won an NHBC award for the first time, Ross Oates is, as you would expect, very proud. Yet to top it all off, Crest Nicholson has also been awarded the Pride in the Job Award for 2014 for their successful developments on the very same phase at Central Plaza.
When asked what receiving the NHBC award meant to him, Ross said:
“It’s fabulous for me personally. I came to Park Central about three years ago from a developer that placed a great deal of onus on these awards. To come here into a completely different type of construction which is so complex and still receive the award is wonderful. We at Crest Nicholson are very proud to receive these awards.”