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Titanium to breathe new life into Jewellery Quarter property

Telecommunications firm joins long list of renovation projects taking place in city's historic hub of manufacturing

27 Frederick Street, in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter, which is to be renovated into a new office complex

A run-down listed building in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter is set to be brought back to life as an office complex.

Telecommunications company Titanium, which is based in the Quarter's Kenyon Street, has lodged plans to convert the Grade II-listed building at 27 Frederick Street into three floors of offices to rent.

It was built in the 1830s and was once a pair of separate town houses as 27a and 27b Frederick Street before being converted to offices and retail.

Titanium director Rajnish Sekhon told the Post: "We are at the stage where we're ready to start work and are just waiting to clarify one point with the city council before it awards planning permission.

"We're going to convert it into offices and, if we can't rent them out, then we may end up taking them ourselves. We'll look for three tenants but if we get one to take it all then that's a bonus.

"We have already done some building work in London but this was something that came up locally."

The building, which is next to Birmingham City University's School of Jewellery, will add to an already well-populated and busy part of the Jewellery Quarter and count Vertu Bar, Tesco Metro and several jewellers among its neighbours.

It is the latest in a long line of development projects in the historic quarter including the extension of Bloc Hotel, the conversions of the Standard Works and Swan Kettles buildings, a new Assay Office and Staycity apart-hotel among others.

A heritage statement accompanying the application says 27 Frederick Street is now in a poor state of repair and having a "negative effect" on the street scene.

It added: "In some areas of the building, damage has occurred due to a leak in the roof. This has resulted in the plasterwork to walls and ceilings being obliterated and detached from the fabric of the building....(and) has also damaged the existing flooring and timber work.

"Generally, due to a lack of maintenance and upkeep over a number of years, the building has fallen into a poor state of repair.

"If left in its current state, it will only decay further more and start to have a greater impact on any existing historic fabric and features within the building.

"By bringing the building back into use, it will further enhance the surrounding area and re-introduce business and business opportunity into the local area and offer further services."

 

 
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