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.
The subject property is a characterful and authentic 2-bed flat, packed with original features. This first-floor property overlooks Vittoria Street to the front and the private courtyard behind.
The entrance brings us into a hallway separated from the kitchen by one of the building's most important heritage feature - an original glazed trade counter of great age and character. The central kitchen has been sensitively designed around this, beautifully combining old and new and with an eye both for detail and practicality. The walls are of painted brick and original timberwork and the floors of solid wood.
The generous front lounge features a spectacular triplet of arched mullioned windows, a classic cast-iron and tile fireplace, and an impressive built-in strong-room with feature door, original to the building. This room, formerly serving as the head jeweller's office, would have been the most prestigious in the entire building with plastered finish to the walls, arched alcoves either side of the imposing fireplace and with the ingenious later addition of internal double-sash boxes to the original windows.
Two rooms/bedrooms towards the rear offer great flexibility and, along with the bathroom, complete the accommodation. These too are of original painted brick and timber construction, with solid wooden floors.
The building's original purpose in jewellery manufacturing and trade is very keenly felt in this property and the many heritage elements have been carefully integrated into the design.
Other fixtures such as surface-mount metal electrical sockets, pendant and down-lighting, and door styles and fittings have been chosen to be in keeping with the building's style and heritage.
The original Victorian panel doors and wooden flooring are retained throughout the accommodation. Multiple Internet points and TV connection are provided.
Lounge 4.40m x 4.60m
Strong room 1.05m x 1.40m
Kitchen 3.70m x 3.80m
Entrance hall 2.00m x 1.45m
Bed One 5.50m x 2.65m
Bed Two 3.30m x 2.20m
Shower Room 1.70m x 1.90m
KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM 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
Ample electric sockets
BATHROOM Stone effect ceramic floor tiles
High quality ceramic sanitaryware and fittings
Glass wall-mounted mirror
Heated towel rail
Low-profile shower trays with glass shower screens and automatic safety mixers
BEDROOMS Benefitting from excellent natural lighting, the bedrooms have ample space for double beds and bedroom furniture and boast a plethora of original features. The painted-brick walls complement the engineered solid wood floors, and the rooms have dimming lights, internet point and ample power sockets. The second bedroom can just as easily be used as a secondary sun room with views over the landscaped courtyard.
GENERAL Double-glazing throughout (secondary double-glazing to original timber-frame heritage windows)
Gas central heating and hot water by high-efficiency combination boiler
Ample power sockets
TV connection in lounge area
'Superfast' Broadband with 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
COMMUNAL GARDENS 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.
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
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
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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 will differ but sizes of rooms will not and no alterations will be made which adversely affect the value of the property. The developer will discuss layouts and fittings with the buyer in person.
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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