Project Description

J. W. Evans Silver Factory – English Heritage

Client: English Heritage

Architect: Buttress Architects

Role:  Quantity Surveyor

Sector: Heritage

We are acting as cost consultants alongside Buttress Architects on a feasibility study to identify options for the future of J.W. Evans Silver Factory, a historic site which lies in the heart of the Jewellery Quarter. Options for the site have been developed through a series of consultation workshops with English Heritage and key stakeholders.

Established in 1881, J. W. Evans is one of the most complete surviving historic factories in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter. To walk into the factory today is to enter a lost industrial world. Behind the frontage of four terraced houses, the workshops retain their original drop stamps and fly presses. They are packed with thousands of dies for the manufacture of silverware, as well as the whole of the working equipment, stock and records of the business.

Potential funding opportunities have also been identified with Stage 1 of the project culminating in a feasibility report. The report identified various themes and ideas around how we can give the building a sustainable and viable long-term future, conserving its historical significance and making it more accessible to both new and existing audiences.