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Mac-Group Begins Conversion Work on Listed Factory

West Midlands-based and Dublin-headquartered construction company mac-group, has begun conversion work on a Grade II-listed factory in Birmingham’s historic Jewellery Quarter.

Appointed by the award-winning design and build company Javelin Block, mac-group has been tasked with the wholesale refurbishment of the former metal pressing factory at Derwent House.

Stuart Holt, MD of Javelin Block, said, “Not only is Derwent House, one of Birmingham’s most iconic industrial buildings, but it was also one of its most prized assets of the past. We are extremely privileged to be able to restore and re-animate it into what will be an asset of the future.”

Set to be converted into 40 new apartments, Derwent House is a 42,733 sq ft site situated close to St Paul’s Square. The former factory will be converted into a mix of one-and two-bedroom homes and will feature an eye-catching spiral staircase.

The total cost of the conversion and restoration is set to cost £6.4 million and will include the refurbishment of the exposed internal steelwork and trusses as well as the installation of recycled light fittings.

Ray O’Sullivan, Director at mac-group, said: “We’re thrilled to play a significant role in the refurbishment of this historic building,

“The foundry has a number of important features that we will be carefully restoring to bring it back to its former glory. Javelin Block’s unique vision has helped to revitalise a number of former industrial units in the historic Jewellery Quarter, and this particular scheme promises to deliver the same superlative quality as the developer’s previous projects.

“We’ll be using our skills to ensure the integrity of the building remains while delivering a stunning residential development that will appeal to anyone who appreciates the beauty of early 20th-century architecture.”

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