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Birmingham’s first smart building tops out

by Sion Geschwindt
Birmingham's first smart building tops out

Bruntwood SciTech has marked the topping out of Enterprise Wharf, Birmingham’s first smart-enabled building located in the city’s Knowledge Quarter.

Due to complete later this year, the 10-storey, 120,000 sq ft high-tech building is being developed by Bruntwood SciTech, a partnership between Legal & General and property company Bruntwood.

Currently under construction by Graham, Enterprise Wharf will offer premium workspace for digital and technology companies, as well as larger corporations with technology divisions.

The smart-enabled building aims to reduce emissions, lower operational costs and optimise workers’ experience and wellbeing.

Innovative new technologies, such as ‘Internet of Things’ sensors, will be embedded throughout the building, forming a ‘central nervous system’ that will provide insights into its energy usage.

Businesses can then harness the data to optimise heating, lighting and air quality.

Businesses based at Enterprise Wharf will benefit from its position within Bruntwood SciTech’s existing Innovation Birmingham campus, which provides coworking, office space and business support to digital and tech businesses to form, scale and grow.

The complex is already home to 150 start-ups, scale-ups and global corporates operating across fintech, cyber security, AR, VR, blockchain, sports tech, edtech, among other tech and digital subsectors.

Jamie Clyde, regional director – South at Bruntwood SciTech, said: “Fast-growing tech and digital businesses thrive from proximity to one another, and it was fantastic to see Enterprise Wharf already unlocking new relationships.

“Occupying a prominent gateway position on the main route into Birmingham, we’re confident that Enterprise Wharf will play its role in making the Knowledge Quarter one of the country’s most exciting new innovation districts.”

Ronan Hughes, regional director at Graham, added: “Topping out at Enterprise Wharf is a symbolic moment for us as it shows how far we’ve come in a relatively short space of time.

“We have put our digital construction skills to the test on this project, implementing our intelligent construction methodology and programme to add value to the build.”

Image: A 3D render of the completed Enterprise Wharf building (Credit: Legal & General)

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