Five Ways Tower
Five Ways Tower is a 23 storey commercial building on a 2.1 acre prime site located in the Birmingham City Centre by the corner of Frederick Road and Islington Road, near to the Five Ways roundabout and close to Five Ways Station, at the gateway to the Edgbaston area of Birmingham, England. The building has been acquired for refurbishment as quality commercial offices. Several top brand hotels additionally expressed interest in acquiring the building from its current owners, since its solid concrete design is a 'text book case' for coverting into a business class hotel with considerable space for conference, banqueting and leisure facilities. The building has in excess of 100,000 sq ft of existing net office space with considerable scope for further expansion, six lifts, basement storage, a double height floor at the top which could be redesigned into magnificent executive quarters or as a destination restaurant. The building has a large carpark with parking for approximately 200 cars allocated to the Tower. The building has numerous options for maximizing its future potential. The existing office block is structurally in very good condition and with some upgrading of the services, decoration and glass cladding, lends itself easily to a flagship landmark office building for single or multiple occupations. A maximised refurbishment of the Tower building is easily feasible and will substantially improve the potential income by increasing the floor plate, extending the Tower and/or by building over the car park, thereby easily creating an additional 50,000 - 70,000 sq ft net of new office space, which should, if built to a good standard, raise the future office rental levels considerably. The building's architect was Philip Bright of the Property Services Agency. Andy Foster described it as being similar to the work of James Stirling.