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 in 2011 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 was IDP and the project director was Andrew Leaver, followed by Steve O’Neil. 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-lowThe Emporium was built by Shaylor Group with the new build Tower completed (slightly later) for the 2018 student intake. Shaylor then ran into financial difficulties, failed to finish the listed buildings and were replaced by QDTS in mid 2019. Shaylor Group subsequently fell into administration.

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

apecApec Architects advised 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.

Visit the APEC Architects official website.

Project Manager and Cost Consultant

Castle Construction Consultants provided project management and cost consultancy, a task that became increasingly difficult as Shaylor Group teetered towards collapse.

Visit the Castle Construction Consultants website here.

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