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Groundbreaking Refurb by Office Principles in Birmingham

Office Principles Reception
30 March 2021

Office Principles has completed work on the first phase of a £1.6m office refurbishment in Birmingham, that delivers a state-of-the-art antiviral lighting and air purifying system across two buildings.   

The interior design consultancy has transformed 67,000 sq ft of office space at Charles House and 154 Great Charles Street on behalf of landlord, Ergo Real Estate, asset managers for Aver. The fit out has delivered stylish and contemporary office accommodation across the ground and nine upper floors of the two buildings, including new reception and common areas and features including exposed services, breakout spaces and communal meeting rooms.


State of the Art and Safety First


"It not only delivers modern office accommodation in the heart of Birmingham’s business district but provides a solution that guarantees to keep spaces clean and safe 24/7 in a Covid-19 world.”




– Tina Batham
Joint Managing Director, Office Principles in the Midlands


Both properties have been fitted with FUZONE500, a UVC light solution that harnesses antiviral and antibacterial properties to keep spaces clean and safe. FUZONE 500 combines the natural properties of Ozone with UVC to eliminate up to 99.99 per cent of bacteria and airborne viruses without direct contact on treated areas, and can be operated while the office is fully occupied.

A planning application has been submitted for the second phase of the refurbishment project, which would see the development of Birmingham’s first ever glass roof terrace. It would be accessible to occupiers in both buildings for meetings and entertainment.

Tina Batham, joint managing director, Office Principles in the Midlands, said: “The pandemic has undoubtedly changed the way we work and the office has to adapt to meet those needs. Ergo Real Estate has invested in a comprehensive office refurbishment project that enhances the air quality and wellbeing aspects of both properties. It not only delivers modern office accommodation in the heart of Birmingham’s business district but provides a solution that guarantees to keep spaces clean and safe 24/7 in a Covid-19 world.”

Leigh Burnett, asset manager, Ergo Real Estate said: “Working with Office Principles has been a positive experience for the Ergo team. We were looking for a company to help us create innovative occupier space and to deliver a collaborative working environment for our two buildings on Great Charles Street and the team at Office Principles rose to the challenge. Alongside the creation of the Great Charles Street brand, Office Principles’ design has linked these buildings together with their shared amenities, whilst each maintaining an individual identity. Office Principles delivered their concept ideas through clear presentation and worked closely with us to realise the vision, which I am sure will be instrumental in the letting of these office suites.”


Part of Local Regeneration


Charles House and 154 Great Charles Street form part of the Great Charles Street Estate and are sited close to the Paradise and Arena Central regeneration schemes, on the northern edge of Birmingham city centre. Charles House delivers refurbished office suites from 777 sq.ft, to 3,715 sq.ft while 154 Great Charles Street has suites from 1,342 sq. ft to 3,725 sq ft. The buildings are being jointly marketed by agents CBRE and Colliers. For Interior Design options, please see the new Spotted Cow Media Business Directory.


Picture: Office Principles' Reception on Great Charles Street.

Article written by Bailey Sparkes | Published 30 March 2021


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