The latest piece of Birmingham’s Eastside Locks development, Belmont Works designed by architects Aukett Swanke for developers Goodman, has received planning permission.
Unlike the brand new building at 6 Cardigan Street, Belmont Works is a Grade A locally listed red brick and terracotta Victorian factory building, which will be refurbished and given a new lease of life.
The building has gone through a variety of uses over the years and a fire in 2007 caused significant damage. Located along the Digbeth Branch canal, Belmont Works is a key element in the wider regeneration plans of the area and has long been a recognisable local landmark.
Prominently positioned at the entrance to Eastside Locks, on the newly planned Arrival Square, this building will be configured for small- to medium-sized companies and graduate enterprises associated with the nearby University and wider design sector of Birmingham. By catering for smaller TMT-sector companies, projects such as this will change the way people do business in Birmingham and encourage migration across the country.
It is believed by the designers and developers that the Eastside Locks masterplan represents a gravitational shift for Birmingham. With the proposed HS2 station located alongside the development, people will change the way they enter the city and this vibrant mixed-use urban quarter will become a new centre for the UK’s second city.
Aukett Swanke Managing Director Luke Schuberth said:
“The Eastside Locks masterplan will involve regeneration within a particular opportunity zone but also witness a wider shift in the centre of gravity for Birmingham as a whole. The individual projects on the site, such as Belmont Works, demonstrate how the working landscape of the whole city is changing in the near future and we’re delighted to be a part of it”.