This April, I was given the pleasure of visiting a few of the much-loved projects in the Jewellery Quarter and Gun Quarters of Birmingham. To get a feel for the history of the city, I was taken to sites, including Princip Street, Henrietta Street, Viceroy House and Mary Ann Street, only a few minutes’ walk from our office! It was amazing to learn about the history behind some of the buildings here, and great to be able to see first-hand, the progress made on both past and current projects in the area. It was remarkable to see that these once derelict buildings are now being used to their full potential, whilst still maintaining their integrity and industrial nature.
44-47 Princip Street
Based in Birmingham’s Gun Quarter, the collection of mid-19th century buildings housed a range of industries. Although only No. 44 is Grade II listed, industry ranged from the former spitfire machine gun factory (about during WWII), and the Lloyd family building. Listed in 1894, Lloyd House went on to produce the company’s most popular motorcycle, the ‘New Comet’ until 1924, earning it the name, Comet Works.
Former metal press, Derwent Works has now been converted into four loft-style apartments with a ground-floor boxing gym. The industrial style of the building was maintained with matching extensions, in an effort to create a larger floor plan for the apartments. The steel frames, floor and wall finishes were left exposed and in their natural state, along with recycled and upcycled furniture, fixtures and fittings.
Viceroy House involved the conversion of an old workshop building into four large, loft-style apartments. The refurbishment ended up costing around £1.2 million in total!
Mary Ann Street
PMP are currently working with client Javelin Block, and Glancy Nicholls Architects on this project, which was previously an iron foundry. This new project will see the retrofit of the Grade II listed building, the Taylor and Challen factory.
And to top up the afternoon with some impressive selfie skills, if I do say so myself!– Hannah O’Neill