Taylor and Challen building, a former metal pressing factory at Derwent House

mac-group undertakes £6.4m renovation scheme

mac-group has been appointed by design and build company Javelin Block to complete the £6.4m renovation scheme in the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham.

The West Midlands-based construction company has now begun work to convert a Grade II-listed building and will undertake the wholesale refurbishment of the Taylor and Challen building — a former metal pressing factory at Derwent House.

The 42,733 sq ft site is being converted into 40 new apartments and will feature a mix of one- and two-bedroom homes.

Glancy Nicholls Architects will be involved in the scheme, while PMP Consultants has been appointed as project manager and quantity surveyor, with CWA named as structural engineers.

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

“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.”

Stuart Holt, managing director at Javelin Block, added: "Not only is Derwent House one of Birmingham’s most iconic industrial buildings, it was also one of its most-prized assets of the past.”

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