Back from Black: New Lease of Life for Birmingham Rock Club
A rock venue in Birmingham that once hosted such icons as Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Rage Against The Machine before it was gutted by a raging fire in 2006 has risen from the ashes, and has been given a new lease of life following a ┬ú3m revamp.
Edwards No.8 has undergone a complete transformation from its former life as Eddie’s rock club, to office space, which has preserved the building’s period Victorian charm but injected a fresh wave of modernisation into the interior which now features open-plan offices and business facilities.
Owned by Birmingham Properties Group, the Grade II-listed building is a stone’s throw from New Street Train Station in central Birmingham, which presents significant advantages for potential occupiers of the building, not least because of the upcoming ┬ú500 million redevelopment of the station which is expected to attract high levels of interest and inward investment in the city.
Speaking to the Birmingham Post, MD of Birmingham Properties Group John Tebbutt said that following the “careful” 18-month restoration of the building, it now offers potential as an office HQ due to its “fantastic location” that is “very close to the New Street Station extension, the new John Lewis store and the Mailbox.”
He added: “This is a very rare opportunity to purchase a building of this quality which is located in the heart of the city core. The fire destroyed the entire internal structure but this has allowed us to create open plan floorplates so it offers very flexible space.
“There is a usable basement and four floors amounting to a total of around 25,000 sq ft of space.”
The restoration work preserved and refurbished the terracotta and brickwork exterior, and completely replaced the roof and windows.
Legendary rock club Eddie’s, which was opened in the 1970s by local nightclub figure Eddie Fewtrell, lives on as a rock club and live music venue at a new location on Gough Street.
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