design and conservation teams to generate support for our design. The conversion of the existing building was achieved by the permitted development change of use route and external alterations and extensions were
separate planning applications. Our solution included adding a two-storey roof top extension to create 88,
1- and 2- bedroom private apartments for sale and ground floor retail/commercial space.
The top two floors are expressed as a lightweight glass extension to the contrasting existing brick facades and stepped back from the street frontage to balance the weight of the extension on the existing structure.
Significant thermal, acoustic and energy improvements were made to the building during the course of the
development including window replacements.
Beaufort House is a central Birmingham residential
development. Winvic were awarded the contract of a value of approximately £11m and completed the build in 2019. We worked with Edmond Shipway LLP and Nexus Planning on this project.
Our challenge was the conversion of an existing 7 storey post war brick-built office building into private residential use. The building is at the heart of The Jewellery Quarter conservation area and, whilst not a listed building, is an important part of the heritage of the area.
We prepared feasibility/concept proposals for the
existing building to maximise the quantity of
apartments and then applied Prior Approval method by collaborating with Birmingham City Council’s urban