Education Trust moves to Newhall Street

RO Developments' 144 Newhall Street has been let to Ormiston Academies Trust

RO St Bernards (ROSB) has let 144 Newhall Street, Birmingham, to Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT).

The non-profit organisation, which is dedicated to raising educational standards, has taken the whole of the refurbished building, comprising 4,288 sq ft/398.35 sq m.

The organisation works with schools, teachers, parents and the community to improve education and support young people to achieve. It is self-funding and was established by the Ormiston Trust to manage its Academies. It sponsors eleven Academies, including three in Sandwell and one in Walsall. A twelfth Academy, the Birmingham Ormiston Academy for creative, digital and performing arts, is planned to open in Digbeth next year.

All staff will now transfer to 144 Newhall Street from Ormiston’s existing home in nearby Caroline Street.

Ian Cleland, chief executive of OAT, said “As part of its expansion, OAT is moving to this new premises which will allow it to respond more flexibly to the needs of its network. The facilities enable us to offer onsite training and will bring all parts of the company on to one site, developing our capacity to support schools and academies.”

Chris Bond, chief executive officer of ROSB, welcomed Ormiston to Newhall Square. He said: “Ormiston joins MADE at the development. I hope that with these two commercial lettings, coupled with the fully operational Travelodge, the development will become a popular destination for businesses, tourists and locals.”

144 Newhall Street is part of the £63million mixed-used Newhall Square scheme. The two storey premises’ listed façade was originally part of the former Birmingham Science Museum.

Also at Newhall Square is a 100-bed Travelodge, the hotel chain’s best performing UK operation, fronting a new public square; 6-7 Newhall Square, a contemporary office building of 10,856 sq ft/1,008 sq m, and The Engine Room, the refurbished former exhibition hall of the Science Museum, now 5,283 sq ft/490sqm of space suitable for bar/restaurant or office/studio use.

Just 7,000 sq ft of offices and a 5,000 sq ft restaurant remain available in phase one of the scheme. Design and build packages from 10,000 sq ft – 100,000 sq ft are available on phase two.  Agents on the scheme are Colliers International and GBR Phoenix Beard.

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