We have just heard some great news: our project at Newman Brothers has been granted planning approval. Above you see Heather Broadbent of AWM with our director Elizabeth Perkins outside this wonderful building. Below are the first public images of the work we will be carrying out at the Newman Brothers Coffin Works on Fleet Street.
Planning consent was granted this morning and means work can begin to clean up the grade II* 1892 site in the Jewellery Quarter. Builders will then move in to begin the conversion.
Regional development agency, Advantage West Midlands, is investing around £1.5 million towards the £3.4 million project to secure the future of the coffin works as a place to visit and a new home for small businesses..
In the image above you can see a new addition, which will replace a post-war office extension to the original Victorian building. It will be clad with perforated treated metal.
I’ll update the main pages on the project with more detail once I have the information. In the meantime I just thought you would like to see a glimpse of the work led by architect Niall Phillips. Niall also worked with us on the Back to Backs and recently made a BBC Inside Out film on the qualities of the Jewellery Quarter and his desire to see it become a World Heritage Site.