Arkade Property would like to present a selection of one, two and three bedroom apartments located in "The Enamel Works," a Victorian, three storey building consisting of four unique, characterful apartments including an extraordinary top floor penthouse, designed and converted to the highest specifications. The Enamel Works is located in the heart of the Jewellery Quarter, described as a national treasure and unlike any other historic landscape in the world. The Jewellery Quarter attracts a vibrant community with its abundance of craft bars, bustling cafes and stylish restaurants. And, with over 200 listed buildings nearby, you can still peer into the rich heritage of this iconic district of Birmingham, made famous by its array of artisan jewellers, goldsmiths and glassmakers, whose products are the envy of the world. It is hardly surprising that over 6,000 residents already call the Jewellery Quarter their home. The area is enhanced by landmark buildings and features like St. Paul's Square, the last Georgian Square in Birmingham and boasts the largest concentration of businesses producing jewellery in Europe.
Birmingham is an excellent location for overseas and domestic investment being centrally located, young and vibrant. Birmingham is home to the strongest economy outside London and is the subject of large-scale infrastructure projects from the £550 million Grand Central development to the £1.5 billion Smithfield regeneration. Also, with work underway on HS2, one of Europe's most exciting rail projects, England's second city is becoming a most attractive place to live and invest in.
Vittoria Street boasts the most intact group of heritage buildings as a coherent composition. When combined with the heritage listed buildings along the northern part of Frederick Street, it is an extraordinary cluster by any standards. The connection between Place and Identity is fundamental to many creative industries and they search for it endlessly.
Grade-II listed, and exemplary of JQ Conservation Area architecture, The Enamel Works on Vittoria Street is a 3-storey mid-terrace building dating from 1855-1859. Historical records show that it is one of the first purpose-built jewellery workshops in the quarter with an early example of the characteristic long, narrow rear wing. The well-balanced front elevation is one of the most ornate and attractive in the street, while large South-facing windows in the rear wing 'shopping' extension overlook an East-West light-well, designed to maximise natural lighting for intricate and detailed work (the local term 'shopping' refers to the workshops, rather than to retail activity).
The premises comprise a three-storey Grade II listed building of brick-built construction, surmounted by a pitched tiled roof. Few exterior alterations have been made, and importantly, the building façade is almost completely original. The property has been sympathetically adapted to provide a self-contained three bedroom penthouse on the top floor, two self-contained apartments on the first floor, and a single, mixed-use office/workshop with flexible, two bedroom accommodation on the ground floor. All apartments are unique, incorporating original or sympathetically restored features and all boast the same lofty, raised ceilings, spacious rooms and high specification fixtures and fittings essential for top quality, luxurious city centre living.
Other than the relatively recent conversion of the 2nd floor for residential use (1985), very few internal modifications had been made until the current conversion. The ground and first floor remained in use for jewellery manufacturing and fine metal engraving ('engine turning') until mid-2005. Few physical traces of the precious-metals related activities remain, of course, but care has been taken to preserve as many of the original features within the building as possible.
The building was occupied by Midlands Enamelled Badges Ltd. from around 1969 to 1985, for the production of stamped brass badges, pins and brooches, variously finished as polished, silvered or most frequently enamelled pieces. Many examples of work from this activity have been found and preserved during the building process and form a fascinating social record of 1960-70s Britain.
FLAT 1 - THE ENAMEL WORKS (LIVE-WORK) The subject property is a true, one-off, 'live-work' opportunity, ideal for freelancers, authors, content creators, artists, independent workers, designers, consultants, therapists… or perhaps even a jeweller.
Flat 1 occupies all of the office, studio and residential space on the ground floor of number 28, with a total area of just over 1000 sq.ft (94 m²). Briefly, this apartment comprises a front office/study with toilet facilities and to the rear, one will find two double bedrooms, one with en-suite facilities, a shower room and a cavernous living/kitchen/dining area all with raised ceilings, feature windows and gas central heating.
Living quarters are situated to the rear of the property and can be accessed from or independently of the office/studio space. The kitchen/dining rooms and rear bedroom occupy what was formerly a jewellery and fine metal-working workshop (the 'shopping wing' in JQ vernacular architecture terminology). The large, traditional-style, steel windows face south, thus the rooms benefit from excellent natural lighting. There is direct access to the private courtyard, and via the shared section and communal areas to the building entrance.
The 'work' area is to the front of the building and comprises a large front office (27 m²) accessible from the main entrance door, leading to generous storage and a flexible workshop/studio space behind. Twin m/f bathrooms, one with a shower, have been incorporated to comply with workplace regulations and guidelines.
The space, and how it communicates and integrates with the living area has been configured to provide maximum flexibility. In this era of 'work from home', the degree of separation between the two functions is easily varied to perfectly suit occupants' exact requirements.
The industrial heritage and history of the building and of the Jewellery Quarter are strongly present here, with many original fittings and materials showcased. An original cast-iron bearing block and vintage safe have been retained from the former use.
Other fixtures such as surface-mount, metal electrical sockets, door styles and fittings have been chosen to be in keeping with the building's style and heritage. Internal finishes of the living quarters are engineered solid wood flooring, painted brickwork walls, and with many of the original Victorian panel doors, industrial beams and original features retained throughout. Multiple Internet points and TV connection are provided.The property will be a perfect symbiotic synergy between the old and characterful retained features and a modern, sophisticated, high-end design and fit out.
Depending on the stage of development, a buyer's input concerning personal preferences in respect of the nature and type of fit out would be welcome and can be incorporated into the final bespoke design. If more expensive items are chosen, these changes may be subject to a surcharge to be agreed prior to commencement of the works.
Room dimensions in metres:
Front office 4.50m x 6.90m
Store 2.20m x 1.80m
Toilet 1.00m x 1.30m
Shower Room One 2.20m x 1.70m
Flex/Second Bedroom 5.00m x 3.20m
Kitchen Diner 7.80m x 3.10m
Rear Hall 1.00m x 2.00m
Shower Room 2 1.75m x 1.75m
Main Bedroom 4.40m x 3.05m
The kitchen offers:
Fridge/freezer, integrated dishwasher, washer or washer/dryer
Multifunction electric oven
Gas Hob with extractor
Professionally designed kitchens in a range of colours
Choice of work surfaces
LED ambient and accent lighting
BATH AND SHOWER ROOMS
The bathrooms offer:
Stone effect ceramic floor tiles
High quality ceramic sanitaryware and fittings
Glass wall-mounted mirror
Heated towel rails
Low-profile shower trays with glass shower screens
Benefitting from excellent natural lighting from the twin windows, the bedrooms have ample space for double beds and bedroom furniture. The painted-brick walls complement the engineered solid wood floors, and the rooms have dimming lights, internet point and ample power sockets.
In addition, one will find:
Double or secondary glazing throughout
Gas central heating and hot water by high-efficiency combination boiler
Individually programmable POU heating panels and convectors for front office
Ample power sockets
TV connection in lounge areas
Multiple 'Superfast' Broadband points and full WiFi coverage throughout the property
Audio door entry system
Secure cycle storage spaces in communal area
Zoned, building-wide fire-detection and alarm system
The undercover communal areas and open courtyard are both accessed from the Left hand street door, via the passageway behind.
From the passageway, an entrance on the right leads to the common hallway shared between Flats 1 and 3.
Beyond this there is a bike rack for approximately 8 bicycles and beyond that are the wheeled communal waste and recycling bins.
Automatic lights illuminate the whitewashed brick passageway and hallway entrance.
The undercover area leads on to the open brick-paved courtyard, use of which is shared between all flats. At the near end a brick-built herb-planter provides a focal point and greenery, and at the far end there is a second entrance to flat 1 and an iron stairway leading to the second entrance of flat 3.
The courtyard is an integral part of the building design, resulting from the deep and wide light-wells that provided such good natural lighting for jewellers to work by.
The lease will be 999 years at a peppercorn ground rent.
Leaseholder will also own a share of the freehold
A £2,500 Reservation Fee is payable to reserve the property. If the Purchaser cancels the reservation or withdraws from the proposed purchase after the issue of legal documents to the Purchaser's Conveyancer, then the Reservation Fee will be refunded less the sum of £500.00 which will be retained by the Vendor towards its legal and administrative expenses
Exchange of contracts must take place within 28 days. At exchange of contracts, a 10% deposit is payable less the Reservation Fee already paid
The balance is payable on completion.
DETAILS AND INFORMATION
Misrepresentation Act 1967. These details are prepared as a general guide only and must not be relied on as a basis to enter legal binding obligations. A prospective purchaser should rely upon his/her own inspection, surveyor and/or solicitor before any expenditure or legal commitment. If a prospective purchaser does wish to rely upon these particulars Arkade Property would be happy to provide specific written verification. Verbal representation will be made in good faith but cannot be relied upon. Subjective comments in these particulars are the opinion of Arkade Property only.
Photographs are for illustrative purposes only and relate to the development generally. They are intended to show the quality and type of the fixtures and fittings only. Layouts may differ slightly but sizes of rooms will not and no alterations will be made which adversely affect the value of the property.
Arkade Property has not tested any apparatus, equipment, fixtures, fittings or services and do not warrant that they are in good working order.
The buyer may wish to change the fixtures and fittings for a more personal finish but may be responsible for any extra cost if these fixtures and fittings are more expensive.
Arkade Property has not checked legal documentation and the solicitor should verify the tenure of the property and all restrictive and other covenants. Measurements and distances are approximate and for guidance only. Where rooms are irregular in shape, only maximum dimensions are given.
Local Authority: Birmingham City Council
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