Simpsons Restaurant, Edgbaston
20 Highfield Road is located in a prominent position at the junction with Highfield Road and Westbourne Crescent within the Calthorpe Estate. It’s main elevation faces the Grade 1 listed St George’s Church. The building was constructed as a dwelling around 1830 and was extended and altered on more than one occasion during the Victorian and Edwardian Periods. From the late 1950’s the building was used as offices but it had been unoccupied for over eight years prior to our refurbishment and conversion project.
The existing building was in poor condition prior to restoration with the damaged roof leaking in several areas, causing substantial damage to the interior and the veranda areas. Damage caused by the theft of the fireplaces and other items was also evident, as well as damage from dampness and neglect.
In addition, the previous office refurbishment had changed the character of many parts of the building with incongruous additions and the removal of many original features.
The brief from the now Michelin starred Simpsons Restaurant was to convert the ground floor accommodation into dining areas and kitchen, together with main entrance, reception and lounge bar area. This included the careful restoration of the Regency veranda, for use as part of the dining area, and also the addition of a new conservatory dining area.
The First Floor level was to be converted into a cooking school and four bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms. Second Floor level was to be converted for staff facilities and the basement restored as a wine cellar. All of this meant carefully unpicking the damaged building to create the restaurant facility and restore the building in keeping with its listed status.
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