I’ve been doing a little bit of research on the heritage of some of our properties in preparation for a new website we’re creating celebrating the heritage of our beloved Birmingham and I’ve discovered a few interesting and mysterious stories about our brand new project, Pype Hayes Hall in Erdington.

Traditional Photograph Of Pype Hayes Hall, Erdington.

Pype Hayes Hall is a very historic building as shown above. Pype Hayes Hall is a grade II listed building located in Erdington, Birmingham. Pype Hayes Hall was originally a mansion that was owned by the Arden family and then the Bagot family. It was sold to the Birmingham City Council in the 1920’s who in turn used the historic location as a children’s home. Last year, UrbanWorkSpace owner Gerry Pountney bought Pype Hayes Hall.

The current owner, Gerald Pountney (pictured below) plans on not only redeveloping the location but also plans to turn Pype Hayes Hall into a 4 star luxury hotel featuring 60 bedrooms, a spa, swimming pools and much, much more.

Gerry Pountney Owner Of UrbanWorkSpace Standing Outside Of Part Of Pype Hayes Hall (Photo Credit. Birmingham Post)

It is another great location that has been added to an already impressive portfolio of buildings across Birmingham. Gerald Pountney owns property throughout Birmingham including 4 business centres and 2 pubs. Click here to view the completed and ongoing projects by Mr. Gerry Pountney including Pype Hayes.

Gerry has redeveloped both Steward Street Business Lofts in Ladywood and Branston Court located in the heart of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter which can be found by clicking here. With a successful history of redeveloping projects in Birmingham, Gerry Pountney is looking forward to completing the redevelopment and making Pype Hayes Hall a success as well!

Gerald Manton & Sareena Jones Plan On Marrying At The Venue In The Future (Photo Credit. Birmingham Mail)

The vision for the venue is also for Pype Hayes Hall to be able to host events. Gerald Manton (Gerry Pountney’s son) has stated that he plans on getting married at the famous hall to Sareena Jones once the redevelopment has been completed. It will be the perfect way to kick off this new era of Pype Hayes Hall.

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ImageI’m not going to lie, I’ve had a few days where I would much prefer to have stayed curled up in bed than battle through traffic to drag myself into work. Everyone has days like that, especially when your work tends to include the same routine day-in, day-out. Routine isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but if you want to fight the monotony, you’ve got to get a little bit creative and keep a few points in mind.

I’m lucky enough to work for a creative, laid-back company that doesn’t mind a hijink or two, but there are plenty of other ways to liven up your work day and get you focused again.

1. Talk to your colleagues. 

I’m not talking about a counter-productive gossip at the water-cooler here; I’m talking bouncing ideas off one another, discussing your projects, asking for advice and opinions. Often it takes one inspiring comment to get you motivated again and usually it’s something you’ve never thought of before. Morning meetings are also great places to get motivated and get you ready for the work day ahead, not to mention informal meetings over lunch! Not everyone can work non-stop within a corporate environment, so if you need to get out from time-to-time or change your work space for a while, do it!

2. Take breaks.

Everyone needs time to sit back and relax, even if it’s just so you can make a quick cuppa or grab a bite to eat. When tasks are particularly challenging and you’re quickly losing the will to carry on, taking a step back and re-evaluating can be a great help. It’s also a great idea to go for a walk, preferably out in the fresh air if the weather is playing ball. When you return to your task, you’ll probably feel a bit brighter-eyed, refreshed and ready to work!

3. Know your objectives

If you know exactly what you’re working towards, you’re already halfway there. When you’re starting a new project, it’s important to formulate a plan and (mostly) stick to it. Stay organised, keep your strategy in mind and never let your eye wander from the goal. Give yourself deadlines to complete specific sections and don’t worry too much if you don’t meet them every time. Deviating from the plan isn’t necessarily a bad thing, just don’t wander too far from the path and always revisit your objectives.

4. Be positive

This might be just one of the most important points. Negativity can have an enormous effect on your state of mind, not to mention the state of mind of your colleagues. Positivity is infectious and if you can maintain a can-do attitude, the chances are those working around you will absorb all of that good energy. This is especially important for those in management positions or those responsible for motivating staff into doing the best they can do! If morale is high, the work will be more creative and focused.

5. Customise your space (where you can)

Your office space can be key to how well you work. No one wants to work in a dull, drab office, so liven the place up a bit with photos, motivational posters or music, if the Boss give the go ahead. We encourage our tenants to get creative with their working space, as we believe it goes a long way in stimulating creativity.

6. Congratulate yourself for a job well done

Even if it’s a small task complete, reward yourself. Whether you’re grabbing a tasty snack or heading out after work for a drink with your colleagues, everyone deserves something for their hard work. If you’re working on a big project and you complete it successfully, why shouldn’t your arrange something special to congratulate everyone? Not only that, but outings beyond the work spectrum promote good work-relationships in a relaxed environment.

We’re a small, family-run business with big ideas and a strong family ethic. When you join the UrbanWorkSpace neighbourhood, you aren’t simply moving into an office; you’re becoming part of a growing community of ambitious entrepreneurs excited to share ideas, offer their services and share their hard work. Our office space is affordable and fully customisable, so your business can decide exactly which direction to go.

Small companies and confident single start-ups will find safety, security and flexibility under our mighty wings. We’re not interested in tying you down with red tape and twenty pages of Ts and Cs. Pop in and see us, choose a space that’s perfect for you and your business needs, sign on the dotted line and move right in! With our inclusive rates and flexible licences, it really is that simple to find office space in Birmingham at the right price.

We have years of experience providing the perfect workspace across the industries from recruitment to IT, medical to charity. Whatever your field, we’ve got the space to accommodate you!

If you’re looking for great rates and a friendly, encouraging environment for your business, get in touch with us today on  0121 456 0707 or email us! You can also catch  us on Twitter@Urban_Workspace