It’s not just the women’s cricket team that will bowl over the crowds at Edgbaston’s cricket ground during this year’s Commonwealth Games. As female teams from across the globe attend the games – including Australia taking on India and Barbados versus Pakistan – the team at Corkfield, Edgbaston’s latest Build to Rent scheme showcase how a strong female project, design and marketing team can lead in the residential development field.
Architects from CallisonRTKL (CRTKL) lead the design and delivery work for Corkfield, which is being carried out by PATRIZIA and construction partners Winvic. The female-led team that forms part of the wider project team includes Olivia Seaton from Asset Management at PATRIZIA, Caoimhe Loftus, Project lead at CRTKL (executive role), Rachel Bruce, Project Lead at CRTKL (Novated Team), Ellen Freegard, Project Manager and Belinda Dewah, Quantity Surveyor from Arcadis, and Helen Aldridge from Native’s marketing and social media team.
“We’re delighted to have such a strong female presence on the Corkfield team at Edgbaston, in a traditionally male dominated property and construction industry.
“Corkfield will provide a unique Build to Rent offering in Edgbaston and it’s great to have such a strong team working to realise PATRIZIA’s vision alongside the legendary Edgbaston cricket ground.”Caoimhe Loftus, CRTKL
Construction is well underway at Corkfield. Original plans for the scheme were submitted in 2018. Due to the shift in lifestyle and work trends due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the design team enhanced the amenity space and adapted plans to include more outdoor space. The team were also at the site reviewing progress on site and designs for the amenities – which includes communal landscaping and a gym. The development also includes 20,000 sq ft of retail and leisure units on the ground floor.
The Corkfield scheme is located opposite the world-famous cricket club, at the junction of Pershore Road and Edgbaston Road. The new scheme – which is due to complete in Q3 2023 – will deliver 375 Build to Rent homes to this green and leafy area. The project also includes a new entrance plaza for Warwickshire County Cricket Club who is hosting the Women’s T20 cricket. The works to improve the club entrance will revive the area creating a destination, bringing in more jobs and commercial opportunities.
“Our mission is to create thriving communities through sustainable real estate development. Our Corkfield Edgbaston project will introduce a new rental hub for a broad range of residents in one of the city’s most sought-after neighbourhoods.
“We want to provide all the amenities of city living in a leafy out-of-town postcode, with a focus on health and wellbeing, and since this new community will be made up of, give or take, 50% females, it is very encouraging to see our wider Corkfield project and design team is made up of women from all disciplines and can be strongly represented at the project table.
“When Corkfield opens to residents in 2023, PATRIZIA will be one of Birmingham’s leading Build to Rent providers, with over 700 homes in this city.”Olivia Seaton, from PATRIZIA’s Asset Management team