This striking red-terracotta building is hard to miss and is certainly a Birmingham favourite among locals. The Grade II listed building stands proudly on Constitution Hill, and was designed in 1895. It was the former H.B. Sales Factory, a die-sinker firm, a profession which was firmly grounded in the Jewellery Quarter during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
The original design had intended for five floors to be constructed, but only four were only completed in the end. However, a fifth floor was built in the mid-twentieth century and it’s clear to see that it isn’t in the same style. What is striking about this building is it’s thinness and in some ways it actually reminds me of the Flat Iron building in New York because of the way it sits between two junctions and its slim design.