Work starts on Jewellery Quarter resi scheme

A project to deliver Birmingham’s first purpose built shared living scheme is underway.

Birmingham-based property developer Cordia Blackswan has started work on the latest addition to its growing residential portfolio in the Jewellery Quarter.

The site at 36 Barr Street will deliver Bradford Works following an official handover from the previous owners, the Singh Family, who have operated their family business Aulak Fashions from the site for more than 35 years.

The site has also formerly been home to manufacturers of enamelled and button badges Fattorini & Sons, which opened ‘The Bradford Works’ factory in 1915, from which the current development takes its name.

Bradford Works will be a shared living development comprising 28 private rooms over three floors.

Marcus Hawley, managing director at Cordia Blackswan, said: “We are thrilled to be delivering Birmingham’s first purpose built shared living scheme at Bradford Works, which will provide high quality 21st century amenities whilst retaining the key features and character of this historic building.

“We are confident that Bradford Works will act as an exemplar of what the shared living concept can represent for the future and bring to Birmingham, supporting its ambitions to become a world class city and sustaining the rising demand for affordable and all-inclusive urban living.”

The redevelopment of Bradford Works is expected to be completed and ready for its first residents within 12 months.