First look at new scheme to redevelop site of historic jewellery maker in Birmingham

Computer-generated images of the proposed redevelopment of Charles Green & Son in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter.

A vision to ring the changes to a historic jewellery manufacturer in Birmingham to ensure it can remain on site has been unveiled.

A new scheme that will see the redevelopment of Charles Green & Son, which has been part of the Jewellery Quarter for nearly 200 years, and bring new business to the site has been submitted to Birmingham City Council.

The scheme by Henley-in-Arden based Rainier Developments Limited would see commercial units and 42 apartments added to the company’s headquarters in Tenby Street.

The sixth-generation family business wants to stay in the Jewellery Quarter but needs to remodel its base to accommodate its changing needs.

The premises were built when the firm employed around 100 people but now with a smaller workforce, the current premises are too large and not suited for modern manufacturing and business.

Richard Mees, managing director of Rainier Developments, said: “The plans reflect Charles Green & Son’s desire to remain on site and in premises which will safeguard the business in the long-term.

“The company has significantly evolved since it moved into Tenby Street and is in need of a base which enables them to continue combining traditional craftsmanship with the latest modern technology to produce the finest jewellery.

“We believe our proposals would deliver premises to better serve their needs and at the same time, create additional units for commercial use alongside 42 high-quality apartments.
“The images give a great impression of the scheme and show the care taken in the design to ensure the redevelopment would be fitting for both Charles Green & Son and Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter.”

The plans will be showcased at MIPIM – the world’s biggest property development and investment show – in March.

Rainier Developments is a member of the Coventry and Warwickshire MIPIM Partnership made up of companies and organisations who represent the area and is also part of the UK Midlands presence at the event which attracts 30,000 delegates.

Birmingham-based architects BDP has undertaken the planning stage design work on the scheme.

A phased construction programme would ensure that Charles Green & Son could continue to operate on site during the redevelopment.

A decision is expected on the planning application by March.