Plans for 131 homes at former ‘flatted factory’ tipped for approval

How the scheme would look

Plans to turn an historic ‘flatted factory’ in Birmingham into 131 new homes as part of a scheme that would deliver the city’s first five-storey roof extension have been recommended for approval.

Lee Bank House at 55 Holloway Head has been tipped for the proposed multi-million pound residential conversion by Claremont Property Group.

If successful, the property developer and investor will retain the existing seven-storey structure and add an additional five storeys to the Holloway Head side of the building and two on the Blucher Street end.

The development, which has been given the working title of ‘Projekt 55’, will create 122 apartments, comprising 47 one-bed, 65 two-bed and 10 three-bed units. A further nine new townhouses will be developed on Chapmans Passage, with space for an office and a restaurant.

K4 architects designed the scheme, which reuses substantive elements of the existing structure, including the main staircases and lift shafts.

Birmingham City Council’s planning committee is due to meet virtually on Thursday 5 November to vote on the application.

Andy Robinson, business development manager at Claremont Property Group, said: “We’re hugely excited to be delivering the residential conversion of 55 Holloway Head. Our team has worked hard to maximise the full potential of the building’s structural strength to create Birmingham’s first, five-storey roof extension. The scheme offers a fabulous opportunity to create distinctive, chic and functional apartments with private and communal outdoor spaces. It will deliver comfortable living and working from home environments in a prime city centre location.”

55 Holloway Head has a rich history synonymous with the “city of a thousand trades”. Built by Birmingham City Council in the late 1950s, the former ‘flatted factory’ as it became known, was designed to accommodate small industrial units displaced by residential schemes in the city centre. It was one of three of its kind built in Birmingham.