Birmingham Design Festival 2019: Truth

For the second year running, the city of Birmingham has hosted a highly successful gathering of design and creativity: Birmingham Design Festival (BDF). The festival, co-founded by designers Luke Tounge, Daniel Acorn and a team of highly dedicated creatives and volunteers in 2017, was born out of a need the fill the West-Midlands-design-festival-shaped hole. I think it’s safe to say that they have done this and achieved something quite incredible. The line-up of brilliant speakers and the buzz it has created amongst the creative industry speaks for itself. Well done guys!

Our Junior Designer, Alex Francis, decided to use his Yay Day, an initiative at Attention Media which allows employees to take a day of paid leave to engage in something they’ve always wanted to do, to head up to Brum and check out this year’s festival!

Revolving around the theme of truth, this year’s festival set out to discuss difficult subjects from within the creative industry and shed light on topics such as feminism and embracing mistakes in the creative process.

Alex’s first stop was to an exhibition titled ‘She Speaks the Truth’, which was in partnership with the organisation Ladies, Design and Wine. Their mission is to tackle gender equality in the creative industry by championing and celebrating other women’s success, as well as offering guidance and mentorship for young creative ladies.

The exhibition was a collection of posters designed in response to the statistic ‘only 11% of Creative Directors in the UK are women’.

Next up, Alex headed over to the Birmingham City University Parkside campus to watch a lecture by Superunion’s Creative Director Katherina Tudball about their re-brand for BBC 2. She spoke about the intricacies of collaborating with a vast number of animators and the team over at BBC Creative, as well as not ‘over directing’ the artists involved and unleashing their full creative potential. She took the audience on a journey from start to finish, showing them everything from the initial ideas, to the ones that didn’t make the cut, and development of the chosen idea. It was a real eye-opener into working with a brand that has a legacy that is so rooted in our British culture.

To wrap up the festival, and put the cherry on top, Alex attended a lecture by the amazing Verònica Fuerte, Founder and Creative Director of Barcelona-based design studio, Hey. Hey is known internationally for their positive attitude towards working, clearly stated in their name. Verònica took us through the history of Hey. What we really like about Hey is their commitment to pursuing personal projects in which they can experiment and do the kind of work they want to do. A great example of this is their project, Everyhey. Every day before they began work, they would set aside half an hour to illustrate characters from pop culture in their distinctive style, and they would post these on an Instagram page dedicated to the project (@EveryHey). One thing led to another, and Hey held an exhibition showcasing all 400 illustrations. This was shortly followed by a self-published book about the project.

All in all, Alex really enjoyed his Yay Day at the Birmingham Design Festival, and would recommend to anyone (not just designers) to make their way up to Birmingham next year to get involved with the festival.

Council grants planning permission for 14 new homes in Colebrook, Plympton

Plymouth City Council has granted South West property developer, Burrington Estates New Homes, planning permission for the creation of 14 new luxury homes on the former site of Colebrook House in Plympton.

Following discussions with the planning committee, a recommendation to approve from officers of Plymouth City Council, local councillors and the general public, planning permission was awarded for the collection of four bed family homes and the award-winning property developer will begin work on its latest development in the city – called Mayhew Gardens – this Autumn.

The name of the new development takes its inspiration from the Mayhew family who were responsible for the expansion of Colebrook village in the 19th century.

The intimate housing development will have a mix of exterior slate and stone work. Burrington Estates states its premium fixtures and fittings will feature throughout the new homes, which includes British-designed kitchens with integrated appliances, luxury fitted carpets and oak veneer doors. The new homes will also have the provision for Solar PV.

Burrington Estates emphasises their commitment to sensitive re-development of the site and will be providing ecological enhancements, such as planting and landscape management, bird and bat boxes and opportunities for bat roosting.

The developer is committed to ensuring minimum disruption to the community throughout the build programme, Burrington Estates will create an pedestrian access walkway from Colebrook Lane to Newnham Road. Part of the existing wall surrounding the site will be removed to allow for a road access point from Colebrook Lane.

As part of the planning permission, the derelict Colebrook House, which currently stands on the site, will be removed. Colebrook House, which was built in the mid-19th century, no longer retains any of its original external features, such as the bay windows and turrets, and has fallen into disrepair with damp, decay and roofing issues. The house was rendered uninhabitable following the complete collapse of the landing ceiling in 2013. Burrington Estates will aim to capture the essence of the house and flower garden in the new homes.

Colin Palmer, Managing Director of Burrington Estates New Homes, said: “Mayhew Gardens will be our third new homes site in the city, following the success of Notre Dame on Looseleigh Lane and The Quarters at Manadon Park. Colebrook is such an ideal location as its close enough to the city but benefitting from a great community feel. We have already received a huge amount of interest in the site and can’t wait to get started with our plans.”

David Matthews, Development Director at Burrington Estates New Homes, said: “I’ve been involved with this site from the beginning and hearing from the local residents has really helped to shape this scheme. Engaging with the community is a cornerstone of what we do and we are positive that our new homes will enhance the area and breathe new life into the grounds of Colebrook House.”

Burrington Estates New Homes have partnered with Maitlands to assist with sales for the new homes. Work will begin on site this summer with the properties set to be on sale by the end of the year. The build programme is expected to be completed in 2019.

Michelmores Property Awards, Exeter 2018

Last week we were honoured to be sponsors at the 16th annual Michelmores Property Awards. As marketing experts working closely in the property industry, sponsoring the property awards was a natural fit for us. Every year the awards showcase and celebrate the outstanding property and construction projects across the South West and recognise commercial and residential projects within the region.

The evening took place on the 7th of June at Exeter University and was hosted by comedian and actor, Josh Widdecombe, who lead the award presentations and treated the crowd to a comedic act which has us all cracking up!

We attended with our guests from Burrington Estates, Grenadier, Wilkinson Grant, Kensington Taylor, Prydis and Expedite. The Great Hall was filled with some of the industry’s most talented property developers, building contractors, architects and other industry professionals. Winners on the evening included Lloyd’s Lounge, who are just around the corner from our office, for Exeter for Project of the Year (under £5m), Tate St Ives for Building of the Year and nominations for our client Burrington Estates, with Bonhay Road, Exeter finalists for Alternative Property Investment Project of the Year and The Ship, Plymouth for Project of the Year (over £5m.)

Attention Media are delighted to have sponsored the Heritage Project of the Year category with our managing director, Sarah Jepson, presenting the award to Higher Mill, Buckfast Abbey – submitted by Form Design Group.

Emma Honey, Head of Real Estate at Michelmores, said: “Once again, the standard of entries we received for this year’s Property Awards was outstanding. From a cutting edge nuclear training facility in Somerset to a residential development that rehabilitated military veterans through a self-build training programme in construction skills, the range and breadth of projects has been fantastic and has demonstrated the excellence of the property and construction sector in our region. My congratulations go to all of our winners and to all those shortlisted.”

We had a great evening and would like to thank Michelmores and everyone involved for another amazing event, we can’t wait for next year!