Apartment plans for run-down Birmingham office block

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A run-down building in Birmingham is set to be demolished to make way for a new residential and commercial scheme.

Developer HBD is planning to raze Cornwall House in the Jewellery Quarter and replace it with 95 apartments and 5,000 sq ft of ground-floor commercial space.

Last year, HBD acquired the five-storey block which has offices and was home to white collar boxing gym Fighting Fit for many years and more recently has housed dance school Sote Studios.

New images have also been released by the developer showing how the finished canalside complex at the corner of Lionel Street and Ludgate Hill could look.

It is the company’s first residential scheme in Birmingham.

The site is opposite Ludgate Hill Car Park where Moda Living unveiled major plans in March to build more than 700 new apartments and commercial space in a project reaching up to 39 storeys.

Simon Raiye, development manager at Sheffield-based HBD, said: “We want to completely transform the site – the new scheme will not only provide high-quality apartments in a sought-after neighbourhood but will also ‘reactivate’ this part of Ludgate Hill.

“By incorporating a commercial element, we can create interaction at street level to continue the area’s leisure offer and contribute to the community living and working in the Jewellery Quarter.

How the site could look from the canal

“It’s a multi-dimensional scheme that is much more fitting of its location within one of the city’s most vibrant and celebrated areas.”

Jewellery Quarter-based practice BPN Architects has designed the scheme.

Associate Phillip Shepherd added: “This is a very prominent site with a huge amount of potential.

“We’ve worked hard to make sure the new scheme sits well within the area and is sympathetic to its surroundings.

“During the Victorian period, the adjacent building was a hinge works so there are elements of the design reflecting that.”


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