Children’s nursery plan for former Edgbaston offices

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Former offices in Edgbaston are to be converted into a children’s nursery under new plans submitted to Birmingham City Council.

Childbase Partnership is proposing to house the new facility in building at 21 and 22 Calthorpe Road, in the Edgbaston Conservation Area.

The building, which comprises two former semi-detached houses, was constructed in the 1820s and remodelled in the 1880s. It is Grade II listed and currently unoccupied.

The building underwent conversion into a single property in the latter part of the last century when it was turned into offices.
It has been extended to the rear and north east side with single and two storey additions. The property is said to have large grounds to the rear which have largely been taken up by car parking.

It is intended to realign the car parking so that a new garden area can be created for the children comprising a mix of natural and artificial grass plus play equipment. As part of the office conversion, a lift was installed on the premises.

A small number of internal alterations are planned to conform to nursery use but a study of the building has concluded the plans will not impact the heritage of the property.

It said: “The aim of the works to be undertaken is to sensitively upgrade and refurbish the building to improve its appearance and utility for its proposed use as a children’s day care nursery.

“Those features which remain and contribute to the significance will be retained and restored wherever possible. The choice of new materials will be in keeping with those elsewhere on the property.”