Apartments plan unveiled for homeless organisation’s former offices

Former offices used by a Birmingham homeless organisation are set to be refurbished – into apartments.

The offices, which occupy the corner of Bradford Street and Rea Street in Digbeth, are empty, having been vacated by Midland Heart some time ago.

The owners of the building have now applied to Birmingham City Council to convert the building to accommodate 55 studio apartments.

The building is considered to be structurally sound and visually in good condition, as the scheme does not proposal extending the building then the conversion should be permissible under permitted development.

The scheme is also said to support the ongoing regeneration of the Digbeth area, which has attracted several recent apartment schemes.

The proposal is for the redesign of the internal layout of the offices to form the 55 studio flats. The alterations involve the installation of new partition walls to create en-suites and new door openings.

A supporting statement submitted with the application states: “Apart from these minor changes the external layout of the building will be kept the same with the proposed layout making the current spaces more appropriate in size and volume.”

The site is opposite another proposed large residential scheme and lies in the heart of a development hotspot.

Digbeth is currently very attractive to developers due to the ongoing regeneration of the area, characterised by schemes such as the £600m Smithfield redevelopment. Together with the extension of the Midland Metro.