The Team

The team behind the restoration works and the development of The Emporium


The development is by Czero Developments. Czero is based in Birmingham City Centre and was founded five years ago by former Directors of the contractor Linford Group. Czero has expertise in sustainable housing and the creative use of listed buildings. Director Simon Linford is closely involved with Eastside City Park, being Chair of the Friends, co-owner of the Woodman pub, and member of the Eastside Forum.

Visit the Czero official website.


idp-logoThe principal architect is IDP and the project director is Andrew Leaver. IDP is an industry leading multi-disciplinary practice employing over 70 professionals engaged on a range of diverse projects across the globe. IDP has principal offices in Coventry and Manchester and a particular specialisation in housing related projects.

IDP’s aim is to create and regenerate buildings and spaces that enhance the lives of the people that inhabit them. They take pride in their role as regenerators and place-makers, bringing forward responsible and innovative ideas and empowering people to live and work in an environmentally responsible manner. There are few projects where this isn’t more true than this one.

Visit the IDP official website.


shaylor-group-logo-in-blue-border-lowFounded nearly 50 years ago, Shaylor Group designs, constructs and maintains the built environment. A family owned company with offices in the Midlands and central London, Shaylor Group offers a fully integrated service and flexible apporach that encompasses major build, interiors, hertiage, small works and specialist fast track projects.

Our outstanding reputation in both the student accommodation and hertiage sectors has seen us work with high profile clients throught the UK, in both the public and private sectors. Commitment to quality, service and innovation is the basis of our offering in these arenas and working closely with our clients is the key to our success.

Structural Engineer

cwaCopeland Wedge Associates based in Birmingham’s jewellery quarter will be the Consulting Civil and Structural Engineers, particularly focused on making the design building on a tight site, and integrating the structure with the adjacent historic building.

Visit the CWA official website here.

Conservation Architect

apecKen Fisher of Apec Architects is engaged to advise on the historic building aspects of the project and particularly to bring forward the detailed restoration and design of the Bartholomew Row houses. Apec is a local practice with a strong specialisation in conservation work, and Ken is one of only two practising Architects Accredited in Building Conservation in Birmingham. Ken and Apec worked with the directors of Czero when Linford Group was main contractor on the award-winning restoration of the Saracens Head and Old Grammar School in Kings Norton.

Visit the APEC Architects official website.

M&E and Services

viridianViridian Consulting Engineers are tasked with the mechanical and electrical systems, particularly working with the design team to achieve a BREEAM Excellent building, and to effectively incorporate the city’s District CHP system to provide a highly sustainable outcome.

Visit the Viridian official website here.

Project Manager and Cost Consultant

Castle Construction Consultants is providing project management and cost consultancy having recently joined the team in order to focus the delivery against a timescale.

Visit the Castle Construction Consultants website here.

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