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Plans submitted for new Birmingham Assay Office project By Trebor Developments

wantspacegotspace.co.uk - Plans submitted for new Birmingham Assay Office project By Trebor DevelopmentsThe Birmingham Assay Office is pleased to announce the submission of its planning application and exchange of land contracts for Project Gateway, its scheme to create a new bespoke building in the Jewellery Quarter.

The scheme has been 18 months in the design pipeline to ensure that it addresses the needs of the Assay Office as a secure, flexible facility.  The 55,000 sq ft building, designed by Glazzard Architects, occupies a landmark position at a key entrance to the Jewellery Quarter at Icknield Street and the designs for the high quality multi-use building have evolved in close co-operation with the planning department and conservation and local interest groups.

The site has been assembled from Birmingham City Council and St George’s Partnership LLP and the Assay Office scheme will see the first major development in the wider St George’s urban village.

Mark Wright of Trebor Developments, who are managing the development on behalf of The Birmingham Assay Office, says “This is a huge milestone to achieve in this key project for the City. The project brief has been highly complex to ensure that all of the Assay Office’s requirements can be successfully delivered.  Feedback from our consultations has been really encouraging and now that the planning submission has been made and the land contracts signed, we can start to plan the construction phase”.

Chief Executive of The Birmingham Assay Office, Michael Allchin, says “This project is all about the future of The Assay Office.  Our traditional hallmarking work needs a fit-for-purpose 21st Century facility and our other business activities are growing strongly.  This move is essential.  We need to be able to carry out our work more productively and so need modern and efficient space.   Add to that built-in security, reduced operating costs and much better working conditions for all our team, then it becomes the only way forward.”

“We are working closely with the City Council to progress our plans and are looking forward to opening our new building in 2014”.

The Birmingham Assay Office has been located at its current premises in Newhall Street for 135 years and is a key employer in the Jewellery Quarter, with 120 employees based at the facility.

Posted by The Editor (wantspacegotspace) on 6th November 2012 (updated 08/11/2012)

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