Steve Pain looks over the redevelopment of the historic Birmingham Mint site.
At the moment it is still very much a building site - albeit dominated by one of Birmingham's most historic chimney stacks.
At 130ft high, it will become a unique feature in the redevelopment of the former Birmingham Mint, a structure whose history dates back to 1794.
Nestling in Birmingham's central and fashionable jewellery district, the development incorporates both new-build and the conversion of much of The Birmingham Mint, originally established in Slaney Street by Ralph Heaton.
Heaton launched the original mint using second hand presses from the estate of engineer Mathew Boulton, himself the son of a silver stamper.
Over the next 200 years, The Birmingham Mint became renowned globally for its high-quality coins, and expanded massively as the use of coinage grew during the 18th and 19th centuries.
It finally closed in late 2003, but is now set to begin a new lease of life as a new living quarter, with a first phase that will include 192 apartments and some 60,000 sq ft of offices. A second phase of 62 apartments and a 50,000 sq ft data centre is now in the planning stage.
The scheme is being carried out by independent firm Janared Property - itself launched only two years ago - in strategic partnership with international construction management company Ninex.
Construction work on the site began in September last year.
According to Junared, the development's new-build element has been designed to reflect and interpret in a "contemporary style" the character of the surrounding area. Internally, each apartment features what is described as a luxury, contemporary style specification.
Sean Gaynham, of Lucas Wilkes, who is managing surveyor on the project, says: "Construction managers Ninex have the project on programme and within budget but in doing so had to overcome immense construction issues, the first of which was the pressure on the timescale created by the fact that Junared had sold out 100 per cent of the apartments prior to commencement.
"Ninex overcame this by utilising innovative fast track construction techniques.
"Another complex issue was the construction of the two basement car parks.
"The basements are the largest of their type constructed in Birmingham and were further complicated by being located in the centre of the retained listed structures most of which are approaching 200 years old.
"The most challenging aspect of this was the stabilisation of the 130ft-high chimney which is to form the centre piece of development.
"Ninex achieved this by encapsulating the existing chimney foundation using large diameter flight auger piles down to a depth of 20 metres plus and capping them with a heavily reinforced contiguous concrete cap.
"Now with works to its shaft complete the chimney has been restored to its former glory."
Intriguingly, when workers began excavating the site they uncovered a good deal of evidence of its former use - including discarded coins and blanks for the manufacture of 50p pieces.