A Birmingham-based heritage regeneration company has put forward ambitious plans to transform a section of the city’s Jewellery Quarter and deliver 100,000 sq ft of a commercial studio, retail and housing space.
Local company, Post_hoc Developments, specialises in creative sector projects, and their bold plans for Key Hill Studios aims to deliver a massive creative hub, with film, photography, digital, music and jewellery studios and workspaces, as well as commercial space, shops and homes.
Plans for Key Hill Studios will include the refurbishment of one of the oldest buildings in the area, the 1824, Grade II listed Harry Smith Building and the grade II listed Gem Buildings, which was built in 1913.
Commenting on the development, Chris Barrow, co-director at Post_hoc, said: “This project is very much looking to support smaller, independent companies, producers and artists from the ground up, helping them to realise their projects, as well as working with creative companies that create content for the BBC and other major channels.
“The whole scheme could accommodate up to 150 full-time jobs and the proven interest in using The Lampworks, which is only a few minutes’ walk from the tram and railway station, has shown the need for managed studios, so we look forward to adding more flexible spaces and bringing more essential resources.”
In addition to commercial space, there also plans to deliver 18 townhouses, plus apartments above shops, with new pedestrian routes through the whole site.
If Birmingham City Council planners give the development the go-ahead, Chris and David plan to begin refurbishment of the existing historic buildings later this year to provide working studios for hire/rent, with the construction of some of the new housing by early 2021.