New images showing the regeneration of a Grade II listed building in Birmingham city centre have been revealed as plans are submitted for a major £15 million mixed-use leisure and student accommodation project.
The CGIs (see gallery above) show proposals for a new 15-storey tower behind the former Christopher Wray Lighting factory, on land between Bartholomew Row and Fox Street, which will also undergo a partial demolition and renovation to create a development called The Emporium.
The plans, designed by Coventry-based architecture practice IDP and first revealed by developer Czero earlier this year, have now been submitted to Birmingham City Council and give an indication of how this run-down plot next to Millennium Point will look.
Christopher Wray Lighting ran a factory at the building until 2003 since when the complex in the Eastside district it has remained vacant and unused.
Czero wants to build a new tower containing 170 studio apartments and 3,540 sq ft of commercial space on the ground floor for two bars or restaurants alongside a so-called 'ruin pub' in the basement of an existing building in Fox Street.
The concept, which has proved very popular in Budapest, takes run-down old buildings and renovates them to become pubs.
In the case of the Christopher Wray factory, the basement will undergo minimal restoration and be decorated with fixtures and memorabilia from the company.
The development also involves the renovation of the city centre's oldest surviving houses which date back to the 1770s.
The plans have been brought forward five years after the previous owner unsuccessfully attempted to get the building demolished, claiming its restoration was not economically viable.
Last month, council officials and the developer were urged to find a way to cut the proposed 15-storey tower down by the authority's conservation and heritage panel to prevent it overshadowing the former factory.
However, a smaller scheme was deemed financially unviable due to the urgent need to restore the Christopher Wray building but the panel was generally supportive of the project.
Panel chairman Coun Fiona Williams had suggested the council offered a strip of neighbouring land behind the site to enable the tower block to be redesigned as a lower building, perhaps five storeys high, on a wider footprint but this has not proved possible.