£175,000 given to restore Grade II listed building

A Birmingham art gallery and artist studios complex is launching a three-year project to restore a Grade II listed building in Digbeth with £175,000 funding.

Working with Homes England, Grand Union aims to turn the derelict Junction Works building on Fazeley Street  into an art gallery and artist studios. The project has received a £25,000 grant from the Architectural Heritage Fund, and £150,000 from Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

Community interest company Public Artist Limited will provide Grand Union with property development and project management expertise.

The building has been empty for several years after obtaining fire damage in 2004.

Grand Union’s Director, Cheryl Jones said “We will create a world- class facility that enables us to support many more artists in the city, and a welcoming gallery where you can encounter some of the most interesting contemporary art being created in the UK today.

“Part of our programme will see renowned artists working alongside local people to find innovative ways of bringing the heritage of this important conservation area to life.”

A public consultation will take place on 2 May at The Custard Factory and 4 and 5 May at Millennium Point, where the public can find out more details Grand Union’s plans prior to submission of the planning application.