A historic building in Selly Oak with connections to the famous Chamberlain family looks set to be re-born as high-end student flats.
Beechenhurst House was built between 1834 and 1870 and, for a number of years, was home to renowned social reformer and justice of the peace John Sutton Nettlefold and his wife Margaret.
Mr Nettlefold was the grandson of industrialist John Nettlefold and Martha Chamberlain whose nephew was the famous former Birmingham politican and mayor Joseph Chamberlain.
Developer Five Oaks Green has brought forward new £4.4 million plans to redevelop the vacant building, at 10 Serpentine Road, and also build an annexe to create a total of 55 studios to be run by operator Amare.
The development, designed by Manchester-based O'Connell East Architects, is expected to create ten jobs and 75 during the construction phase.
The project, situated in a street of mainly large detached houses, is close to the University of Birmingham's campus, Selly Oak railway station and Selly Park.
It is due to be ready for the 2017/18 academic year and would include concierge service, complementary bikes and electric cars, cinema room, library and gym set in landscaped gardens with an adjoining Victorian coach house to be turned into offices.
Alan Tyler, co-founder of Solihull-based planning consultancy Tyler-Parkes Partnership which is working on the development, told the Post : "There is a real demand for this type of accommodation in Birmingham.
"Birmingham is an international city with an international reputation so should have something like this.
"We expect it to attract international students but it is there for everyone as well as visiting academic staff such as guest lecturers. There are people looking for the best student accommodation they can possibly get.
"Similar high-end student blocks have been built in Bristol and Manchester so, if they have them, why shouldn't we?
"It will fill a gap in the market which is not currently being catered for with extras such as the electric cars and concierge service."
Three-storey Beechenhurst House is one of the oldest buildings in Serpentine Road and has previously been used as a residential care home for children and the elderly, a student hostel and temporary hostel during the war.
Mr Nettleford lived there after he married Margaret between 1891 and 1904 when the couple moved to Winterbourne House.
He was best known for promoting public housing in Birmingham which signalled the growth of local government in the town planning process and was also elected as a ward councillor for Edgbaston and Harborne from 1898 to 1911.
Selly Oak's reputation as a hub for student accommodation has been the subject of many headlines, mostly negative, over the past year.
Much of the news has centred on planning permission being awarded to houses in multiple occupation, or HMOs.
As a result, one Birmingham city councillor last year likened the suburb to a Brazilian favela while another student landlord was ordered to tear down a rear extension containing bedrooms and a sauna although this was partially reversed later.
Elsewhere in Selly Oak, numerous student accommodation blocks are expected to be developed including 267 bedrooms following the demolition of Rich Bitch music studios, at 495-505 Bristol Road, and 100 bedrooms opposite Battery Retail Park, at 778-800 Bristol Road.