This particular project involved a plan for office redevelopment in four Grade II listed buildings at 5-8 George Road were constructed as dwellings within the Calthorpe Estate during the early 1800’s. All four of the buildings were in a state of disrepair with some having been unoccupied for close to forty years prior to the commencement of works. The existing frontages on to George Road were also in a poor state and the rear gardens; apart from a car parking area was extensively overgrown and had been so for many years.

The damage to the buildings included leaking roofs, structurally unsound walls and floors and damp, whilst several thefts had robbed the structures of many original period features including the fireplaces. The worst property was in a particularly poor state with all the floors missing, leaving unstable internal walls running from the exposed cellar region to the apex of the roof.

The buildings were originally built as houses although it was believed that they were also used in part for work purposes – an early example of “live -work” units. Since the 1960’s they have been predominately used as office which is the current use.

office redevelopment

The brief was to restore the building, internally and externally, in keeping with its Grade II listed status and to provide the basis for an office redevelopment within the building. Although a refurbishment to the eye, much of the buildings particularly at the rear of the site had to be completely rebuilt, using the original materials where possible. The development has been set against the enhanced street refurbishment carried out by Birmingham City Council and Calthorpe Estates since the work took place.

Number 44 was a similar office redevelopment project, with the Grade II listed property located on George Road, Edgbaston and was constructed as a dwelling within the Calthorpe Estate during the early 1800’s. The structure was in a state of disrepair when works commenced to transform the building into a stylish office space .

The internal and external spaces were dramatically enhanced with a series of modern and contemporary ideas, whilst maintaining the integrity of the Grade II listed status of the building.

Planning permission was also granted for a new building within the garden areas of the buildings, although the client has since decided to delay the construction of this phase.

This ‘L shaped’ building consists of 9 live-work apartments focusing on a mature beech tree which was lost in amongst the overgrown wilderness. The ‘L shaped’ building has been designed to be separate from the listed buildings but by its positioning creates an implied courtyard. Because of the outlook towards tall office buildings, the main rooms of the new apartments all focus into a new square. Lesser rooms generally look outwards from the site and the mature tree planting to the rear boundaries have been retained to soften the view.

If you’re looking to renovate a listed building in a conservation area, come and talk to us at Lapworth Architects. We have the expertise, architectural skill and planning experience to get your project going. Give us a call for a free consultation on 0121 455 0032.

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Kay Bedi
16:54 01 Feb 20
I used Lapworth after using two different architects who were unable to secure planning permission due to lack of... knowledge in relation to green belt policy and lack of expertise in relation to producing reports alongside planning applications. Ultimately these were the two things that were required to get out planning application approved and we were impressed with the knowledge, expertise and professionalism of everyone we had interactions with at the firm. The firm is better value for money than others we have used as they provide better quality of service at the same price. I would definitely use them again and would recommend them. The staff have a great attitude and work hard to get you the outcome you want. We finally got our application approved and if we had come to Lapworth to start with we would not have wasted two years and a considerable amount of money trying to get planning approved. Thanks to all at Lapworth, particularly Tristan and Tumi for working so hard and providing a great customer service and quality work also thank you to Mike for the great service he has provided. Kayread more
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16:25 15 Jan 20
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