The idea behind the Renaissance Award is to highlight projects across the city which have undergone successful conservation. The criteria ‘is a building, structure or public space that was once derelict, vacant or under-used that has been brought back into life’. This can be anything from the restoration of a derelict building, a park or structure, or the conservation of a redundant or neglected building.
The Mary Street project was the conversion of a Grade II listed workshop in the heart of the Jewellery Quarter with a new-build extension to the rear of the property. A core feature of this project has been to retain the historical integrity of the building, preserving original details, while bringing it up to modern-day standards, and giving it a new lease of life.
The other projects shortlisted are:
- The Squirrel Works, Jewellery Quarter (Sjolander da Cruz Architects)
- The New Standard Works, Jewellery Quarter
- Garth House, Edgbaston Park Hotel & Conference Centre, (Glancy Nicholls Architects)
All of the projects represent the best of what Birmingham has to offer, celebrating and preserving its past and now its future! We wish all the other nominees the best of luck!
Written by Anne-Marie Hayes