A Closer Look: Office Space in Baskerville House
A Birmingham landmark dating back to the late 1930s, Baskerville House is an imposing structure in Centenary Square that was formerly the city’s Civic Centre.
Prior to its construction in 1926, Birmingham city council launched a design competition for the Civic Centre, but the majority of submitted plans were considered unsuitable or ‘too ambitious’. Eventually, the architectural responsibilities were assigned to T. Cecil Howitt from Nottingham, who designed the building that later became known as Baskerville House.
Birmingham city council occupied the Grade II listed building until 1998, and it then remained vacant for several years until it was acquired by property group Targetfollow. With full planning permission granted, the building underwent a full refurbishment and fit-out programme to convert the space, which was carried out at a reported cost of ┬ú30 million.
Under the management of Targetspace – the serviced office arm of the group – part of the landmark building was converted for use as a business centre, and re-launched in 2007 with over 60,000 sq ft of flexible space on offer.
Covering two floors, the space is contemporary throughout and features two brand new atria at the heart of the building, allowing plenty of light into the building and providing an attractive outlook for internal offices.
Such was the quality of the work that Baskerville House won the Commercial Development of the Year award at the Midlands Property Week awards in July 2007, and also scooped the Refurbished/Recycled Workplace award at the British Council for Offices awards in October 2007.
Account Manager at officebroker.com, Andrew Quigley, visited the building in May this year and commented on the professionalism of the space.
“The building is in a great location, with an amazing grand entrance and a really nice reception area,” he said.
“The reception area there (on the business centre floor) is very well-lit, thanks to the fantastic large atrium. Because of this, even the internal offices get a lot of light.
“The serviced offices are of a very high spec and it’s very professional throughout – one of the best I have seen.”
Find out more about office space in Baskerville House and view more photos of the property online at officebroker.com.
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