In addition to numeous home extensions and new build houses, Solihull has several examples of our residential development and refurbishment work providing beautiful homes in this beautiful part of the West Midlands

Beechnut Lane Apartments

We were engaged by a leading regional home developer to design an apartment complex of luxury 2 and 3 bedroom apartments on prestigious Beechnut Lane in Solihull. 

The contemporary apartment building was designed to reflect the late Victorian / Edwardian elegance and grandeur of the other houses on the street, and each spacious apartment boasts a high specification in line with modern lifestyles and design criteria. 

The apartments sold quickly thanks to their excellent finishes and thoughtful design providing flexible accommodation for couples and small families.

Dorothy's Gate

The development of traditional houses involved the demolition of a bungalow in a large plot and its redevelopment together with some adjoining land with seven new detached dwellings.

The dwellings were designed to reflect the better existing traditional houses which are to be found adjacent to the site. The scheme looks to reflect its context and utilises aesthetic cues from surrounding development in terms of height, scale, mass and use of appropriate materials and finishes.

The buildings are traditional in features and detailing. These include brick and render with tile feature detailing includes chimneys, gables, bay windows and plain tile roofing.

The development preserves and enhances the streetscape and overall character of the immediate area. The majority of existing landscaping which provides the site with natural screening and visual amenity preserves the existing character of the area. 

Oakland Court

We were engaged by a leading home developer to design seven, four, five and six bedroom detached family homes on a large plot of land in Solihull that was ripe for redevelopment to meet local housing demands.

The development took place at the end of a fairly modern residential development, and looked to complement the existing mix of early 1970s terraced houses with our designs for large semi-detached three-storey townhouses.

The dwellings are contemporary in design with large areas of glazing to spacious living areas and balconies to master bedroom suites, and are similar to our other executive homes schemes in Solihull at Beechnut Road and Dorothy’s Gate.

Olton Court

Olton Court, Solihull was built in 1895 and enlarged 4 years later as a single residential dwelling. It was purchased by the Sisters of Our Lady Compassion who arrived at Olton station from France in 1903. 

The sisters opened a convent school “for the daughters of gentlemen”. Olton Court still stands but, in 1974, the school was merged with Bishop Glancey School. 

In 2006, Olton Court was added to Solihull Council’s list of Buildings of Local Architectural or Historic Interest. The Sisters continued to use the house as a retreat until 2007 when it was purchased by a developer to be converted into period style apartments. 

This is when Lapworth Architects were brought on board as heritage and conservation experts.

Wherever possible original skirtings, doors, dado and picture rails, cornices, windows and wood panelling have been saved and blended with high specification and modern interior design to achieve 12 unique apartments with their own signature period style.

For more of our period conversions, take a look at our work on Haseley Manor in Warwickshire or Norfolk Road in Edgbaston. If you have a period property that you are looking to convert into apartments, Lapworth Architects are the experts you’re looking for.

We’ve worked all over SolihullEdgbastonSutton Coldfield and the wider West Midlands on prestige projects making the most of our region’s incredible architectural heritage. If you’ve got a project to develop land or convert a building into beautiful apartments, get in touch now on 01564 718010 to speak to our expert architect and developer team. Let’s get your project started!

Why Lapworth Architects?


Our 20+ years of work mean great design and good relationships with planning departments across the region, giving  our projects the best chance to get planning permission and start building.


Your budget is tailored to your needs so you’re always on top of your costs. We’re proud to offer excellent value for money for our services, from design and planning right through to build.


Our breadth of knowledge makes us an efficient and sustainable choice of local architect, and we have a vested interest in improving our built environment right here in the West Midlands.


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