mac-group wins £17m contract to convert 1960s office building into 247 apartments

Construction company mac-group has won a £17m contract to convert a 1960s office building in Birmingham into 247 apartments.

The 10-storey Equipoint building closed in 2019 and the owner — Urban Village Group — is now preparing to transform the site into 247 one- and two-bedroom apartments for rent and to buy in a £36m scheme.

A comprehensive renovation will be carried out, including all the installation of all M&E services, new thermal-efficient windows, insulation and new lifts.

mac-group — which is working with UV and D5 Architects — will also add a rooftop extension which will be used for additional apartments.
Work has begun on site with completion is expected in Q2 2021.

PMP Consultants have been appointed as project manager and quantity surveyor and Nolan Associates are the structural engineers.

“We’ve a strong start to 2020, with our start on site for the Equipoint project,” said Ray O’Sullivan, director at mac-group.

“This is a significant development, transforming a well-known office building in a very prominent and well-connected location into much-needed homes.”

Nick Sellman, chief executive at Urban Village Group, added: “We are enormously excited at the prospect of transforming one of Birmingham’s major landmark office buildings into a fantastic PRS development providing high quality homes for hundreds of people.

“The scale of this development clearly illustrates our ambitions to become a major force in the PRS sector.”

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