Project Description

Mary Street, Jewellery Quarter

Client: Private residential

Role: Quantity Surveying

Sector: Residential/ Heritage

The project was the conversion of a Grade II listed workshop with a new-build extension to the rear of the property. The building has been brought back to life and transformed into a private residential dwelling. A core feature of the project was to retain the historical integrity of the building, while bringing it up to modern-day standards. Key stakeholders for the project include Birmingham City Council’s conservation officer, neighbours and residents, and Historic England.

The Conservation Officer visited the site on a regular basis throughout the project as was keen to retain as many of the original details as possible. A key challenge of this project has been preserving as many of the original windows on the front elevation as viably possible. PMP were advised that the vast majority of the original glass could break, so a number of tests were carried out to determine the best options for a sympathetic and sustainable replacement. The original glass is 4mm thick so we sought specialist advice to find a modern-day replacement which did not compromise the integrity of the building, and ultimately deciding on single-glazed windows, with secondary glazing.

As would be expected on an building of this type, the project has inevitably involved a lot of brickwork repair, including the repointing of two internal brick chimneys, and all internal brickwork has been retained. As specified by the client and conservation officer, the existing trusses and as much of the existing steel has also been preserved. The client was also very keen to keep all tiny fixtures including hooks and other small intricate details original to the property, in order to retain the character of the building.