£125m plans for old fac­tory site His­toric Jew­ellery Quar­ter man­u­fac­turer to make way for shops and flats

Birmingham Post - - NEWS - Tam­lyn Jones Busi­ness Cor­re­spon­dent

AFACTORY site in Birm­ing­ham’s his­toric Jew­ellery Quar­ter is set to be trans­formed into more than 300 apart­ments plus new shops and bars in a £125 mil­lion re­gen­er­a­tion which will cre­ate 500 jobs.

Devel­oper team Gal­liard Homes and Ap­s­ley House Cap­i­tal have un­veiled their vi­sion for the AE Har­ris site, be­tween Ne­whall Street and North­wood Street, af­ter they ac­quired the three-acre plot last year.

New plans have been lodged with Birm­ing­ham City Coun­cil for 320 apart­ments, in­clud­ing lofts and du­plexes, 100,000 sq ft of com­mer­cial space and a new pub­lic thor­ough­fare.

The project, which has been de­signed by Birm­ing­ham prac­tice Glenn How­ells Ar­chi­tects, will com­prise 20 in­di­vid­ual build­ings of be­tween two and five storeys and be called St Paul’s Quar­ter.

There are two grade-II listed build­ings at the site – the for­mer Harper’s Hill Works at 109 North­wood Street and a neo-Ge­or­gian fac­tory on the cor­ner of Ne­whall Street and James Street – which will be pre­served.

An­other two build­ings will also be re­tained: 123 North­wood Street, which ex­tends to Re­gent Place, and 128 North­wood Street.

There is no pub­lic ac­cess through the site so a sec­tion of North­wood Street cur­rently closed will be opened up and a new pub­lic square will be sur­rounded by shops, bars and res­tau­rants at ground level.

This is lat­est project in the city to be un­veiled by the joint ven­ture team of Gal­liard Homes and Ap­s­ley House Cap­i­tal.

It is also de­vel­op­ing The Tim­ber Yard apart­ment com­plex near the Hip­po­drome theatre, around 800 houses at the Soho Loop site in Lady­wood and it re­cently bought an of­fice where ments.

Stephen Con­way, chair­man of Gal­liard Homes, said: “The Jew­ellery Quar­ter is one of Birm­ing­ham’s best as­sets. Our plans will cre­ate a new an­i­mated hub in the area where block in Sum­mer Hill Road it plans to build 500 apart- peo­ple can live, work and play. As well as new homes, the scheme’s ground-floor com­mer­cial space will pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties for up-and­com­ing in­de­pen­dent bars and res­tau­rants, whether that’s lo­cal he­roes or brands new to the city.”

Com­po­nent maker AE Har­ris was founded in 1880 and has oc­cu­pied the site since 1964 but now only uses a third of it. It will move to new premises in Frank­ley by the end of the year.

It is owned to­day by Birm­ing­ham Post colum­nist Rus­sell Luck­ock, the grand­son of the com­pany’s co­founder Howard Luck­ock who launched the busi­ness with his brother-in-law Al­bert Har­ris.

Mr Luck­ock said: “In the decades fol­low­ing our move to North­wood Street, we ac­quired neigh­bour­ing plots to ac­com­mo­date our grow­ing busi­ness.

“How­ever, to­day’s mod­ern man­u­fac­tur­ing meth­ods mean we no longer re­quire all this space and many of the build­ings have be­come sur­plus to our re­quire­ments.

“Be­ing in the mid­dle of a bustling city cen­tre is also no longer nec­es­sary or ideal for our op­er­a­tions.

“Im­por­tantly, the sale of the site will re­lease cap­i­tal to in­vest in and fur­ther grow the busi­ness.”

> Artist’s im­pres­sions of St Paul’s Quar­ter

>Rus­sell Luck­ock above the fac­tory

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