New Futures for Birmingham`s Historic Buildings

The Friday Photo: Co-op Furniture Factory

Posted August 30th, 2013 by Birmingham Conservation Trust with 4 Comments


This imposing wreck of a building is easily visible from the Cross City trainline going north out of the city centre. Its sorry form looms large against the skyline, the water tower, still intact, stands tall above the rest of the building. Situated in the industrial Eastside on Belmont Row, this beautiful red brick building was built in 1899 and was the Co-op furniture factory, it was later used for the manufacturing of weights and scales. The building was set to be redeveloped but in early 2007 fire took out around 75% of the building and then exactly a week later high winds made the front facade collapse in on itself and it has stood like this ever since. I wonder what will become of it?

4 Responses to “The Friday Photo: Co-op Furniture Factory”

  1. Jack February 17, 2015

    It is still standing, it is now a common place for teenagers to explore and graffiti


  2. Emma Neil September 18, 2014

    Rochdale Pioneers Museum will be launching an exhibition in November of photographs of people’s favourite co-operative buildings. This photograph would make a good entry…


  3. Pauline October 24, 2013

    The shell of the building is still there,I saw it today when I was on the train into New Street I have often wondered what it was,it is the only building standing in the area.


  4. Tanja October 21, 2013

    Is this building still standing?


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