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New lease of life for historic Birmingham building

Former city council base Louisa Ryland House will undergo refurbishment work to become office and restaurant space

CGI of plans to renovate Louisa Ryland House

One of the most historic buildings in Birmingham's civic and business quarter is set for a fresh lease of life under new plans.

Louisa Ryland House, named after a major benefactor to Birmingham in the 1800s, will be redeveloped into offices, shops and a new bar or restaurant.

The Newhall Street building, which sits behind a Grade II listed façade, was bought by Graftongate, supported by Euro Property Investments, in late 2014 for around £7 million.

New images, drawn up by architecture practice Broadway Malyan, show the exterior of the building will be cleaned up with a major change inside.

It was originally three separate buildings - the Medical Institute, the Board School Offices and the Parish Offices building - but underwent redevelopment work during the 1980s, carried out by Birmingham City Council.

Plans for a new reception in Louisa Ryland House
Plans for a new reception in Louisa Ryland House

The work retained the façade and building offices behind.

New plans submitted to the city council will see 59,416 sq ft of office accommodation, offering floorplates of 11,382 sq ft across the basement and six upper floors.

A mansard roof will be demolished and replaced with a two-storey extension.

The plans also incorporate the creation of a new double height reception fronting onto Newhall Street as well as providing 2,250 sq ft of retail and leisure space, on the corner of Cornwall Street.

The second part of the application proposes the redevelopment of 96-98 Edmund Street to provide 24,107 sq ft of boutique style office accommodation.

The plans also incorporate 3,390 sq ft for bar or restaurant space on the lower ground and ground floors.

Jamie Hockaday, of Graftongate, said: "Louisa Ryland House is a trophy asset in the centre of Birmingham's central business district and will benefit greatly from the significant recent and ongoing development in the city, in particular Paradise Forum which is just a stone's throw from the building."

Property consultancies Colliers International and Harris Lamb have been jointly appointed to market Louisa Ryland House and 96-98 Edmund Street.

CGI of historic façade fronting onto Newhall Street
CGI of historic façade fronting onto Newhall Street



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