Attwood House granted planning permission for tower recladding

31st March 2022

IDP have worked with a number of specialist consultants to gain planning permission for the recladding of Attwood House, a mixed use 6 story tower building in Central Birmingham, adjacent to the Bull Ring shopping centre and Rotunda office tower.

In response to the Grenfell Disaster in London in 2017, the RICS developed a new process to survey the cladding external wall system to ensure they meet the newly required fire safety standards.

We were approached by Property Consultants Tuffin Ferraby Taylor (TFT) to advise on the planning implications of a change to the property. Cladding specialists reviewed the construction in relation to fire safety and provided a report, identifying the process and costs involved in making the building – and people’s homes – safe.

We were subsequently appointed to coordinate a specialist project design team to advise on the removal of the existing building cladding and reconstruct it with a new system to meet fire safety requirements and protect the residents and visitors to the building. The team included structural engineers, cladding and façade specialists and experts in fire, weather and sound proofing. A design matrix was implemented from the outset, ensuring all members were clear on their design responsibility.

We supported the team on the design and detailing of the building and coordinated the planning process. This included ensuring quality control throughout and the co-ordination of project phasing in order to minimise disruption to residents. As a result of the process, planning permission was granted efficiently and effectively.