If you fancy living in a new, deluxe home that has Sutton Coldfield Royal Mail / railway history at its heart, then this property could be just for you.

The Grade II listed former Royal Mail goods shed, in Thomas de Beauchamp Lane, just off Tudor Hill, is now on the market, after Birmingham City Council approved the proposals for this former hive of industry to be turned into a luxurious 5,468 sq ft home, complete with cinema room and 1,162 sq ft garden.

Venture Holdings, which is undertaking the restoration, wants to transform this unusual building , which dates back to 1879 and sits within the new Bishops Manor development, into a six-bedroom, six-bathroom family home.

The shed retains a host of original features and, because of the protected status of the building, architects BPN, which has drawn up detailed plans for its renovation, are keen to work with and enhance them.

Former Royal Mail goods shed, in Thomas de Beauchamp Lane, just off Tudor Hill.
Former Royal Mail goods shed, in Thomas de Beauchamp Lane, just off Tudor Hill.

The design aims to make a particular feature of the railway tracks, which were once used to deliver coal to wagons within the building.

The tracks run through the north side of the building and they will be integrated into the main living space through four lit glass viewing floors.

Other key historic features to be retained are the timber canopies and the exposed roof trusses .

BPN says that despite the poor condition of the existing building, there is a “fantastic sense of space and light”, which it will use by creating a large, open plan living space and retaining the 29ft high vaulted ceiling and the glazed roof canopy.

Use of original features such as the opening where the loading doors once were, which are full-height wooden doors, will be retained, while the roof will be restored with matching tiles and any brickwork also restored.

Former Royal Mail goods shed, in Thomas de Beauchamp Lane, just off Tudor Hill.
Former Royal Mail goods shed, in Thomas de Beauchamp Lane, just off Tudor Hill.

According to the plans submitted by the architect to the city council, disturbance from the nearby Sutton Park Railway Line, a freight line, will be minimised because the new ground floor will be suspended on anti-vibration rubber pads and the floor separated from the existing walls.

To increase the light further, the architects plan to add two new windows – a near full-height one on the west elevation and a smaller window at the first floor level on the east side.

The ground floor will combine the living area and dining space , plus a large kitchen will be fitted, behind which will be a small single storey pod built in for storage and a pantry.

The bedrooms and cinema are planned as two separate freestanding two-storey “pods”, each with their own staircase, at the either end of the property, with four bedrooms, including the master suite with dressing room on the ground floor, and two further bedrooms and the cinema/games room on the first floor.

Artist's impression of how the Royal Mail goods shed could be transformed outside.
Artist's impression of how the Royal Mail goods shed could be transformed outside.

Because the “pods” are free standing within the original building, they could removed if necessary in the future, which would have minimal impact on the fabric of the building.

Outside, the new owners will have a large garden, plus off-street parking that will accommodate four cars.

There are three ways to buy:

* 1. The Good shed as it stands today with a residential planning consent to convert to a luxurious ‘‘Grand Design-style’’ six-bedroom house – £500,000

* 2. The Goods shed, fitted out to first fix to stage ready for internal finishing with all structural building works completed – guide price £800,000.

* 3. The completed six-bedroom dwelling, finished to a high specification – £1,000,000.

Call agents Aston Knowles on 0121 362 7878 for more information.

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