Arkade Property would like to present a selection of one, two and three bedroom apartments located in "The Enamel Works, " a Victorian, three storey building consisting of four unique, characterful apartments including an extraordinary top floor penthouse, designed and converted to the highest specifications. The Enamel Works is located in the heart of the Jewellery Quarter, described as a national treasure and unlike any other historic landscape in the world. The Jewellery Quarter attracts a vibrant community with its abundance of craft bars, bustling cafes and stylish restaurants. And, with over 200 listed buildings nearby, you can still peer into the rich heritage of this iconic district of Birmingham, made famous by its array of artisan jewellers, goldsmiths and glassmakers, whose products are the envy of the world. It is hardly surprising that over 6,000 residents already call the Jewellery Quarter their home. The area is enhanced by landmark buildings and features like St. Paul's Square, the last Georgian Square in Birmingham and boasts the largest concentration of businesses producing jewellery in Europe.
Birmingham is an excellent location for overseas and domestic investment being centrally located, young and vibrant. Birmingham is home to the strongest economy outside London and is the subject of large-scale infrastructure projects from the £550 million Grand Central development to the £1.5 billion Smithfield regeneration. Also, with work underway on HS2, one of Europe's most exciting rail projects, England's second city is becoming a most attractive place to live and invest in.
Grade-ii listed, and exemplary of jq Conservation Area architecture, The Enamel Works on Vittoria Street is a 3-storey mid-terrace building dating from 1855-1859. Historical records show that it is one of the first purpose-built jewellery workshops in the quarter with an early example of the characteristic long, narrow rear wing. The well-balanced front elevation is one of the most ornate and attractive in the street, while large South-facing windows in the rear wing 'shopping' extension overlook an East-West light-well, designed to maximise natural lighting for intricate and detailed work (the local term 'shopping' refers to the workshops, rather than to retail activity).
The premises comprise a three-storey Grade II listed building of brick-built construction, surmounted by a pitched tiled roof. Few exterior alterations have been made, and importantly, the building façade is almost completely original. The property has been sympathetically adapted to provide a self-contained three bedroom penthouse on the top floor, two self-contained apartments on the first floor, and a single, mixed-use office/workshop with flexible, two bedroom accommodation on the ground floor. All apartments are unique, incorporating original or sympathetically restored features and all boast the same lofty, raised ceilings, spacious rooms and high specification fixtures and fittings essential for top quality, luxurious city centre living.
Other than the relatively recent conversion of the 2nd floor for residential use (1985), very few internal modifications had been made until the current conversion. The ground and first floor remained in use for jewellery manufacturing and fine metal engraving ('engine turning') until mid-2005. Few physical traces of the precious-metals related activities remain, of course, but care has been taken to preserve as many of the original features within the building as possible.
The building was occupied by Midlands Enamelled Badges Ltd. From around 1969 to 1985, for the production of stamped brass badges, pins and brooches, variously finished as polished, silvered or most frequently enamelled pieces. Many examples of work from this activity have been found and preserved during the building process and form a fascinating social record of 1960-70s Britain.
The Penthouse apartment is a spacious three bedroom property occupying the whole of the second (top) floor and is flooded with natural light.
The entrance hallway leads directly to the dining and kitchen area with doors leading to the guest bathroom, the second and third bedrooms, and to the lounge. The dining and kitchen area features both painted brick and plastered wall finishes and is equipped with ample power outlets, dimmable downlighters and pendant fixtures.
This area, the lounge and the master bedroom all feature large South-facing, traditional style, double-glazed steel windows and accordingly enjoy superb natural light.
The tiled bathroom features a generously-sized shower, WC, basin, mirror and heated towel-rail.
The second and third bedrooms are both large, double bedrooms and overlook Vittoria Street to the front. They feature original sliding-sash timber windows fully restored and upgraded with secondary double glazing. These two rooms also have the original painted timber floors, and plaster-finished walls.
The generous lounge (28 m²) is accessed via double-doors from the hallway and features an imposing classic Victorian cast-iron and tile fireplace, plaster finished walls, and dimmable pendant light fixtures.
There is solid wooden flooring throughout, bathrooms excepted, which are tiled with stone-effect ceramic floor tiles.
The large master bedroom lies beyond the lounge, with its own luxurious en-suite bathroom to the rear of the property. This spacious master bathroom features both large bath and generous shower unit, as well as a washbasin and WC.
Other fixtures such as surface-mount metal-clad electrical sockets, steel-framed, traditional style, double-glazed windows, door styles and fittings have been retained or chosen to be in keeping with the building's style and heritage. This is a grand, imposing, characterful and unique apartment and the lofty ceilings and vast floor space provide a feeling of true, luxurious loft living.
Room dimensions Main Bedroom5.00m X 3.10m
Second Bedroom4.6m x 3.60m
Third Bedroom4.55m x 2.45m
Kitchen/Dining6.20m x 9.00m
Bath 21.80m x 2.00m
Lounge8.80m X 3.10m
Master bath2.50m 3.10m
kitchen Fridge/freezer, integrated dishwasher, washer or washer/dryer
Multifunction electric oven
Gas Hob with extractor
Professionally designed kitchens in a range of colours
Choice of work surfaces
LED ambient and accent lighting
bathrooms/shower rooms Stone effect ceramic floor tiles
High quality ceramic sanitaryware and fittings
Glass wall-mounted mirror
Heated towel rails
Low-profile shower trays with glass shower screens and automatic safety mixers
Large bath in master bedroom, with floor-mounted taps
bedrooms Benefitting from excellent natural lighting, the bedrooms all have excellent space for a double bed and bedroom furniture and boast a plethora of original features. The painted-brick or plastered walls complement the engineered solid wood floors, and the rooms have dimming lights and ample power sockets.
General Double or secondary glazing throughout
Gas central heating and hot water by high-efficiency combination boiler
Ample power sockets
TV connection in lounge area
Multiple 'Superfast' Broadband points and full WiFi coverage throughout the property
Audio door entry system
Secure cycle storage spaces in communal area
Zoned, building-wide fire-detection and alarm system
communal gardens The undercover communal areas and open courtyard are both accessed from the Left hand street door, via the passageway behind. From the passageway, an entrance on the right leads to the common hallway shared between Flats 1 and 3. Beyond this there is a bike rack for approximately 8 bicycles and beyond that are the wheeled communal waste and recycling bins. Automatic lights illuminate the whitewashed brick passageway and hallway entrance. The undercover area leads on to the open brick-paved courtyard, use of which is shared between all flats. At the near end a brick-built herb-planter provides a focal point and greenery, and at the far end there is a second entrance to flat 1 and an iron stairway leading to the second entrance of flat 3. The courtyard is an integral part of the building design, resulting from the deep and wide light-wells that provided such good natural lighting for jewellers to work by.
Depending on the stage of development, a buyer's input concerning personal preferences in respect of the nature and type of fit out would be welcome and can be incorporated into the final bespoke design. If more expensive items are chosen, these changes may be subject to a surcharge to be agreed prior to commencement of the works
The lease will be 999 years at a peppercorn ground rent.
Leaseholder will also own a share of the freehold
A £2,500 Reservation Fee is payable to reserve the property. If the Purchaser cancels the reservation or withdraws from the proposed purchase after the issue of legal documents to the Purchaser's Conveyancer, then the Reservation Fee will be refunded less the sum of £500.00 which will be retained by the Vendor towards its legal and administrative expenses
Exchange of contracts must take place within 28 days. At exchange of contracts, a 10% deposit is payable less the Reservation Fee already paid
The balance is payable on completion.
|Property Type||%||Avg. current value||Avg. # beds||Avg. # bathrooms|
|Property Type||1 Bed||2 Beds||3 Beds||4 Beds||5 Beds|
|Houses||£175,625 (8)||£362,167 (6)||£342,500 (4)||£529,420 (10)||-|
|Flats||£186,114 (311)||£268,921 (317)||£413,463 (27)||-||-|
|All||£185,851 (319)||£270,653 (323)||£404,306 (31)||£529,420 (10)||-|