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Derelict pressings factory to become student halls of residence

A former pressings’ factory in Birmingham dating back to the 1850s is to be regenerated into student accommodation.

The grade ll listed building, previously damaged by fire back in 2010 is set to receive approval for its redevelopment this week.

The old factory was used by Brandauer Precision Pressings from 1862 until it was sold in 2000. Falling into disrepair in the years that followed, as well as the damage from the fire, has turned the building into somewhat of an eyesore for the thousands of motorists the pass the site every day.

If approval is granted the project will see renovation of the existing factory and an extension of two new blocks to create 308 bedrooms over seven storeys and a café. Parking and bicycle facilities will also be created.

The renovation will be sympathetic to the heritage of the existing listed building whilst creating a contemporary high quality student village, reflecting the requirements of modern day students.

Birmingham is well known for its thriving higher education sector with over 65,000 students currently studying across its five universities. With Birmingham university currently ranking number 18 in the UK, it’s an important part of the local economy, not only for the sector being one of the largest employers within the city, it also offers a vast pool of talent for local businesses to tap into and provides an international gateway attracting overseas visitors and students.

One of many renovation projects across the city, these developments will not only breathe new life into some of Birmingham’s historic buildings they will create activity and economic vitality to these underutilised areas of the city.

Other student developments currently underway within the city are:

Gun Quarter development – 520-bedroom accommodation

The heights complex – 600-bedroom accommodation

Former Four storey charter house site– 534-bedroom accommodation

Former Christopher Wray Lighting factory – Leisure facility and student accommodation

Bristol Street – Commercial units and 122-bedroom accommodation


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