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Developers Paint a New Vision for The Old Art School

Developers Urban Village and Key Land Developments have joined forces to transform and convert The Old Art School in Sutton Coldfield into 12 luxury apartments after planning permission was approved.

Birmingham City Council has given the £3 million high-spec development on Lichfield Road the green light.

The development will be delivered by local, Birmingham-based business partners Kevin Patrick Sharkey, Director of Key Land Capital PLC, and Nick Sellman, CEO of Urban Village.

In a statement released earlier, Kevin said: “Our development of the Old Art School is an exciting project which will create 12 luxurious apartments in a fantastic location, walking distance from the train station and town centre.

“It is a wonderful building, and we will be retaining as much of the original character as possible. It’s great to be able to bring life back to this historic building which has been vacant for some time.”

The two companies are already working together on a brand new £15 million development consisting of 63 high-quality apartments within Sutton Coldfield; as well as the £15 million Ringway House student accommodation development in Coventry.

Kevin added: “Nick and myself have identified Sutton Coldfield as a key location in our investment and development strategy. The demand for luxury apartments in a central location is strong, and we believe both Knights House and the Old Art School will appeal enormously to investors and owner-occupiers.”

The Old Art School is a Grade II listed Georgian-style building constructed in the early 20th century.

The redevelopment work will see five two-bedroom and seven one-bedroom apartments created over two floors; work is expected to start in April with the first apartments available in January 2020.

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