£2 million Birmingham office refurbishment underway

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Custodian REIT plc has commenced £2 million of office refurbishment at a building in central Birmingham, to ensure that the commercial property continues to meet the needs of contemporary occupiers.

The refurbishment of Lancaster House, an elegant 40,000 sq ft office building, located prominently at the junction of Newhall Street and Great Charles Street Queensway, will be undertaken by commercial property contractors Darwin Park, project managed by Fusion Building Consultancy.

KWB Birmingham commercial property agents is both the managing agent and an occupier of Lancaster House. Its property and asset management department will oversee the office refurbishment works and liaise with the tenants during the six-month programme of improvements, which will include an upgrade to the heating and cooling systems, and new windows to all floors, except the ground floor.

Judith Williams, a senior member of KWB’s Property Management team, who manages Lancaster House on behalf of Custodian, said: “This office refurbishment will make Lancaster House much more energy-efficient, by replacing the old oil-fired heating system with a modern climate control system and installing new double glazing.

“All the common areas, including the reception area and stairways, will be refurbished and the external stonework will be repaired and cleaned. The extent of the office refurbishment means that there will be some disruption to tenants, but we are working with them to minimise this. As we are based in Lancaster House, it is very easy for us to keep a close eye on the works.

“Once the office refurbishment is complete, Lancaster House should be even more attractive to office occupiers.”

Built in the 1930s, Lancaster House is located at the junction of Newhall Street and Great Charles Street Queensway. Its exterior combines the art deco style of the time with influences from the Victorian era, making it a real character property.

Following the office refurbishment, KWB has been appointed to market a vacant office suite on the second floor of Lancaster House. For further details, contact Malcolm Jones on 0121 233 2330 or email mjones@kwboffice.com.

For further information about office refurbishment or any of KWB Property & Asset Management services, contact Judith Williams on 0121 233 2330 or email jwilliams@kwboffice.com.