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Elevate Appoints Contractor to Deliver Priory House Redevelopment

Elevate Property Group has appointed Leicester-based Bode Contracting Ltd to deliver the Priory House development of 79 luxury apartments in a former forensic science laboratory in Birmingham.

Preparation work has been carried out in the seven storey Priory House since Elevate acquired the former home of the Forensic Science Service in Birmingham from Rainer Developments in March this year.

Bode Contracting Ltd will begin a 55 week, multi-million pound build in late June with completion scheduled for the third quarter of 2022.

Outside CGI of Priory House

Priory House (pictured right) was constructed in the 1950s and was occupied by the Forensic Science Service for more than 40 years before it closed in 2011. It is located in the Southside district of Birmingham on the corner of Kent Street and Gooch Street North.

Elevate intends to repurpose the landmark 77,000 sq ft building in the style and aesthetic of its renowned Concord House development on Holloway Head, one of its first projects in the city.

Formed in April 2020 by Managing Director Dan Bodell and co-director Jodie Bodell, Bode Contracting Ltd has already carried out work for Elevate Property Group on its recently completed Sheldon Court development in Wagon Lane, Birmingham, and on Victoria Point in Ashford, Kent.

Dan Bodell said: “We are really excited to have been appointed to such a prestigious project – to develop premium residential living space in this magnificent building.

“Elevate Property Group has built a reputation for quality, medium-rise, large town and inner-city residential developments, and the design and finish of Priory House, when completed, will set a new standard for residential living in Birmingham.

The intended design of one of the living areas

James Costello, Development Director of Elevate Property Group, said: “We have known Dan and his team for some time and have worked successfully together. Their standards and values are very much aligned with our own and so it was an easy decision to make to appoint Bode Contracting.”

Elevate has also appointed a strong Midlands team to design and work on the contract including D5 Architects, structural engineers Farrow Walsh Consulting Ltd, and mechanical and electrical engineers Couch Perry Wilkes, with the project finance provided by Solihull-based Paragon Bank plc.

Communal terrace

Priory House will be Elevate’s latest development starting on site in quick succession following the recent award and commencement of the 56 unit Heaton House Scheme.

Elevate property Group have a number of further projects in the advance stages of pre-development, including 258 units at Castleward Boulevard off Liversage Street in Derby, 58 units in the second phase of Trent Bridge Quays in Nottingham, and 60 units in the second phase at Princes Gate in Solihull.

This in addition to the detailed planning application recently submitted for 84 apartments at 51-61 Price Street in Birmingham’s Gun Quarter.

Work is due to start on all four developments this year.

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