Developer Blackswan Property has got the go ahead to redevelop a site in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter with a mixed use scheme including 390 apartments.

The design for Hockley Mills, by Glancy Nicholls Architects, draws on the site’s industrial warehouse heritage in its living, working and leisure complex. In addition to homes, the proposal includes office space, retail and workshops for jewellery design and manufacture.

At a cost of £110 million, it will be one of the biggest regeneration projects in the Quarter in its recent history, after receiving planning approval from Birmingham City Council.

A new ticket office and entrance is also proposed for the Jewellery Quarter railway station as part of the project. Buildings will also be accompanied by individually landscaped courtyards.

Past plans for the site had included a hotel which was dropped, and the number of proposed apartments was reduced from 488 to 406 while parking was decreased from 165 to 140 spaces.

The project was amended again over the summer, with the total number of apartments now sitting at 390 and the parking provision reduced from 140 to 116 spaces.

Marcus Hawley, the director of developer Blackswan Property, said they had increased the number of three-bedroom units in a bid to attract more families to Hockley Mills, from 1 to 36.

09 October 2018