A joint venture comprising Galliard Homes and Apsley House Capital have submitted plans to Birmingham City Council to build a £125m mixed-use scheme at the four-acre AE Harris site in the Jewellery Quarter, an area of central Birmingham, UK.
The mixed use scheme, called St Paul’s Quarter, will consist of more than 320 apartments, including lofts and duplexes, and 100,000ft² of commercial space, creating a new gateway hub in the Jewellery Quarter.
The scheme will have Newhall Street, Graham Street, Brook Street, James Street and Northwood Street as its boundaries. The development, master-planned and designed by architects Glenn Howells, will comprise 20 individual buildings of two and five storeys.
Two Grade II listed buildings, 109 Northwood Street, the former Harper’s Hill Works, and a neo-Georgian factory on the corner of Newhall Street and James Street, will be preserved.
Two more buildings – 123 Northwood Street, which extends to Regent Place, and 128 Northwood Street – considered to be of architectural merit, are also proposed to be preserved.
As there is no public access through the site, the plans include a new pedestrian boulevard from Newhall Street into the heart of the Jewellery Quarter.
Northwood Street, currently a private road serving the AE Harris factory, will be opened to public.
A public square, surrounded by shops, bars and restaurants at street level, will be constructed in the centre of the scheme.
Established in 1880, AE Harris has occupied the current site since 1964 and currently employs 37 people. Despite having more than 100,000ft² of space in 11 buildings, the company operates from just a third of the site.
AE Harris intends to shift to new premises in Frankley before the end of 2018. The Northwood Street access will be opened once the company leaves the site.
The new scheme is expected to create more than 500 jobs, including construction posts and jobs in the food, beverage, retail and office sector.
The project is expected to be completed in five years.
Image: Newhall St Gateway. Photo: Courtesy of Apsley House Capital PLC.