New life as artistic hub for Birmingham’s Junction Works building

Work has begun to transform a run-down listed building in Birmingham into a new home for artists. Charity Grand Union, which runs a gallery and artist studios in the city, is working with landlord Homes England on the scheme to bring new life back to the grade II Junction Works complex in Digbeth. It has secured £500,000 from Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP), a further £25,000 from developer Stoford and £150,000 of private funding for phase one of the works. This will see the front part of the building renovated to…

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£50m facelift to create new leisure offer in Black Country

Asset manager of Black Country retail hub outlines plans to make shopping centre fit for a post-covid landscape by increasing the leisure and dining out options Merry Hill shopping centre is to undergo a major overhaul aimed at broadening the retail hub’s appeal in a post-covid landscape by increasing its leisure offer. Asset manager Ellandi has outlined a programme of renovation works worth £50 million as it aims to keep the centre relevant following a tumultuous time for the retail landscape as consumer habits changed and online shopping boomed during…

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Leisure plans for transformation of former bank in central Newcastle

More than 100 jobs could be created through the construction phase at the old Allied Irish Bank building in Newcastle A former bank headquarters in the North East is poised to be transformed into a new leisure and housing scheme, developers have revealed. The former Allied Irish Bank building on Newcastle’s Collingwood Street is set to become a multi-million pound mixed residential and hospitality development, through plans submitted for approval. The move will see developers Portland Real Estate Group transform the site into a ground and mezzanine floor bar and…

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