The former Belmont Works is an unlisted building of merit which has significance as a handsome 19th century ‘free-style’ building, reflecting the architectural exuberance characteristic of Birmingham’s thriving ‘Workshop of the World’ manufacturing industry. The building makes a positive contribution to the character and appearance of the Warwick Bar Conservation Area – centred on the Digbeth and Grand Union canals. This significance has been severely compromised by a fire in 2007 which has left the building in ruinous state – at risk of further decay.
Insall has advised on the proposals for Belmont Works since 2015; most recently the production of a Historic Building Report in support proposals produced in collaboration with Birmingham City University as part of their STEAMhouse concept; re-using this now derelict industrial building of local importance and introducing an iconic new piece of architecture which will house the ‘factory of the future’.
Planning consent was granted in June 2019 to substantially extend the building for teaching and ancillary uses.