Destroyed nightclub to rise from ashes as office
Date: 7th July 2011
The former home of legendary Birmingham rock venue Edwards No 8 has risen from the ashes – with a major £3 million restoration.
The John Bright Street building, a magnet for 20 years for Midland rock fans, has been completely renovated nearly five years after a blaze which gutted the premises.
The striking Victorian Grade II listed building, which once hosted concerts by the likes of Nirvana, Radiohead and Smashing Pumpkins, has been given a new lease of life by owners Birmingham Properties Group.
The £3 million building is being marketed as a potential office headquarters targeted at organisations seeking to benefit from the £500 million redevelopment of New Street Station.
In the blaze in November 2006, 500 people were evacuated, with 10 being treated for minor injuries. Initial fears that clubbers could have been trapped in the burning building proved groundless.
The blaze brought an end to a club with a colourful history, where many music lovers saw their first concert.
Edwards was opened in the 1970s and took its name from the controversial night club boss Eddie Fewtrell, the man dubbed Mr Nightclub for his huge Birmingham based entertainment empire.
John Tebbutt, managing director of Birmingham Properties Group, said: “This is a beautiful stone terracotta and brick building which we have carefully restored over the past 18 months.
“It now offers potential as an office HQ building in a fantastic location that is very close to the New Street Station extension, the new John Lewis store and the Mailbox.
“This is a very rarer 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 useable basement and four floors amounting to a total of around 25,000 sq ft of space.
“A purchaser is now being sought to either take the property as it is, or we will provide a bespoke fit out subject to agreeing terms.”
John Griffiths, of BPG’s agent GBR Phoenix Beard, said: “There has been a noticeable increase in inquiries since work at the station really became visible.
“A number of charities in particular have seen the opportunity to buy an incredibly strategic and convenient location. But it has been the interest from training and medical organisations in particular that prompted us to secure the much coveted D1 consent. This property now presents an incredible opportunity in terms of value and location.”
Work carried out on 81 – 91 John Bright Street includes careful restoration of the existing terracotta and brickwork, and the roof and windows have been completely replaced.