New plans have been unveiled to convert a former lab building in Birmingham city centre into almost 80 new apartments.
Henley-based Rainier Developments acquired Priory House in the Southside district earlier this year and has now lodged its regeneration proposals with Birmingham city council.
It is seeking permission to renovate the building to create 79 new apartments, ranging from one to three bedrooms, and restore the façade including the original external signage.
There will also be amenity space for residents such as a gym, a courtyard and garden at the rear of the building and secure cycle and car parking at basement level.
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The seven-storey, 77,000 sq ft building sits at the corner of Kent Street and Gooch Street North and was constructed in the 1950s.
It was home to the Forensic Science Service for more than 40 years before it closed eight years ago since when it has lain empty.
Grant Stevenson, planning director of Rainier Developments, said: “Our proposed conversion of Priory House is the latest piece in the jigsaw of the wider regeneration of the area.
“Priory House is a landmark, mid-century building in the Southside district and our intention has always been to maintain and restore its character while creating modern and high-quality accommodation which reflects the period of the property.
“We have been proactively engaging with Birmingham City Council and local stakeholders in preparation for submitting this scheme which will make a positive impact by bringing a prominent building back to life in a manner which we believe is sensitive to its past and sympathetic to the wider neighbourhood and night-time economy within Southside.”