Published: 13th May 2019

A historic former factory in Birmingham will become a £60 million innovation centre for businesses, artists and academics. Last week, Birmingham City Council formally approved Birmingham City University’s plans to regenerate the 120-year-old derelict Belmont Works building into Phase Two of its STEAMhouse initiative. The project will see the restoration of the Grade A listed building on Cardigan Street in Birmingham’s Eastside, which has stood derelict since being gutted by a fire in 2007. It will now be used to provide access to state-of-the-art technology, workspaces and business advice for people across the region. The Victorian Belmont Works factory was originally built in 1899 and served as the headquarters for the historic Eccles Rubber and Cycle Company and has since been used to produce linen clothing, bedsteads and pianos. Work on Phase Two will see the building receive an extension to its rear façade to provide upgrades and new spaces, … (To read the full article, subscribe below)