Published on:

27 July 2022

Updated on:

27 July 2022

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Office Principles North has won a race against time to rejuvenate a popular nightspot before the start of this year’s Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

The exterior of 5 Broad Street in Birmingham, home to JD Wetherspoons’ Solomon Cutler, has been refreshed on behalf of landlord, Picton.

The building’s facade has been comprehensively cleaned and spray coated throughout, with new external signage and lighting installed.

Office Principles North successfully applied to Birmingham City Council for a permit to erect scaffolding at the site, on one of the city’s busiest thoroughfares, to allow for works to be carried out prior to the Games, which begin on Thursday 28 July. The project was completed in collaboration with CS2 and CBRE.

It is the second recent project Office Principles North has completed on behalf of Picton, following its transformation of an adjacent leisure venue into the 16,000 sq ft Grade A office development, Rum Runner Works. The refurbishment was shortlisted for a regional British Council for Offices award earlier this year.

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Phil Butler, operations director at Office Principles North, said:

We’re thrilled to have won the first race of this year’s Commonwealth Games! More than a million visitors are expected to descend on Birmingham in the next few weeks and it was important that the building was given a facelift, especially given its prominent position on Broad Street, opposite the fabulous Rum Runner Works. Birmingham City Council understandably has an embargo in place to make sure that the majority of scaffolding is removed from city centre buildings before the Games begin. It was a challenge to complete the works in the timeframe but we’re glad to have crossed the finish line!