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The Emporium, Bartholomew Row, Birmingham


This project is for student accommodation and offices in Birmingham. The terraced properties have been repurposed as offices, with the workshops converted into student accommodation. These Victorian and Georgian Grade II listed buildings were in a poor state of repair but are some of the last remaining examples of their kind in Birmingham. As such they remain high value assets and required sympathetic repairs. The challenge was to deliver compliant reuse of the buildings, whilst undertaking detailed structural repairs and retaining as much of the original fabric as possible. To assist with the design we have advised on the intended use and established the condition of the masonry using point cloud data. Due to the construction on the same site of a new 14 storey tower block, providing student accommodation, we had to carefully review the tower block’s foundations. The project was completed in Spring 2019.

Czero : IDP Group : Shaylor Group : £3m

“This extra 1,400 square metres of practical learning space will be transformational for our students, offering a flexible environment for a range of programmes including our new optometry degree which has proven incredibly popular and addresses a gap in the market regionally. It’s also pleasing that our considerate renovation of this historic space has been recognised with a SKA silver rating by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.”
Professor Steven Neill, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences