Monday, 9 May 2016

Conservation Plan - Standard Works Birmingham Jewellery Quarter

Described by English Heritage as "one of the best examples of a flatted factory," work starts this month on the development of a Conservation Plan for Standard Works, in the heart of Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter for the Ruskin Mill Land Trust.  I shall be working closely with the architect at Purcell to identify how best to preserve the significance of the 1879 building and reveal its hidden history.  This builds upon our work last year for Nexus Heritage, funded by the Architectural Heritage Fund, to produce a detailed analysis of the building. 

Unusual cast-iron ground floor window bays with integral
massive cast-iron pilasters decorated to simulate joinery
Basement with cast iron columns and iron beams supporting load-bearing engineered brick
walls and open courtyards above. Much of the jack-arched construction to the courtyard bays
was removed during 20th century adaptation  

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