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June 2016

Issue No 371

New Acquisition for Betts Marries Innovative Design with 250 Years of Heritage Hockley Mint Applauded for Supporting Young Talent

Birthstones for July Ruby & Camelian

A unique weekend of events celebrating the rich culture, creative flair and renowned history of the Jewellery Quarter

4pm-11pm 22 July


Barbara Nice Street Food Live Music Helter Skelter JQ Jazz Legends Plus More Events to be Announced!

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JQ Open Studios Granny Turismo Live Music, Theatre & Dance Mad Science Helter Skelter CircusMASH Nick Lancaster Corey Baker Beach Party Capoeira JQ Jazz Legends

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JQ Open Studios Barbara Nice Helter Skelter Vintage Bike Ride Live Music, Theatre & Dance JQ Jazz Legends Picnic in the Square Corey Baker Beach Party


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Inside this month’s issue...

News............................. 22

Hockley Mint Applauded for Supporting Young Talent......................................................................... 22

Events .......................... 30

Obituary - Sarah Morfoot .......................................... 22

Classifieds ................... 36

New Acquisition for Betts Marries Innovative Design with 250 Years of Heritage............................. 23

Editorial ....................... 18

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Assay Office Birmingham Raises over £8,600 for Charity....................................................................... 24 Jewellery Quarter Festival 2016................................ 25 Birthstones for July - Ruby & Camelian..................... 26 Intergem 2016: Spot on Paraiba................................ 27 Spring Hill - A Library to Savour................................ 28 HERITAGE: History of Spring Hill Library.................. 29 Planning..................................................................... 34


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Marie Haddleton and from the Editorial team.

Summer is nearly here and weather warming up nicely. This spring has been a blaze of colour in my small garden - some plants which have not flowered for years have suddenly come to life - the birds are eating us out of house and home and the blackbirds are deafening. A jay came to visit one day - don’t see them very often. The floods on the 8th June when Great Barr had one month’s normal June rainfall in just one hour, swamped our garden and managed to get into the veranda, but the sunshine the next day soon dried it all out, including Mark! The pupils from Perry Beeches II are rehearsing a play about Kathleen Dayus’ life and have been looking for places she inhabited - fortunately, with the change of name, the George & Dragon sign is embedded into the stonework of the pub which is featured so much in her books. The refurbishment is now complete and looks very smart. Also, the Vertu Bar’s history is being revisited, with a complete refurbishment and being re-named ‘The Button Factory’. In the history of the Quarter manufacturing was given over mainly to button-making. The extension at the Frederick Street side was built during WW2 when extra space was needed for the war effort. Ken Schofield tried to have the extension removed and the building line restored back to the main building, exposing the original facade, which is now ‘inside’ the building! This is one time when a Grade II listing appears to have got it wrong! Which period should they go back to? Nevertheless, it is being refurbished to a very high standard and will prove a very popular venue indeed, especially the roof garden, which is surely the best view from a bar in the Quarter.

Hockley Flyer Distribution Points

Our friend Colin Giles (who has already retired as curator of The Pen Room) wishes to retire at the end of the year from dropping off supplies of the magazine to various Distribution Points around the Quarter for people to collect copies. The majority of the magazines go out via post direct, from the printers, and the magazine is also on-line. Communications will be going out to the collection points to make necessary arrangements. They will either be delivered by the printers or a courier. I you wish to be added to the collection points please email us, together with the quantity required. Thank you. For the first 25 years I, and my famous trolley, walked the streets delivering every Hockley Flyer by hand - that is why one of the pavement trails depicts The Hockley Flyer next to a shopping trolley! It used to take me a whole week to do the main streets and I often walked around the

outskirts on Sunday mornings! I wore out several trolleys, with either the axles breaking or the wheels going bald or even falling off! As part of the ‘Urban Village’ coverage I was featured on TV’s ‘Inside Out’ - but they failed to explain why this ‘old dear’ was walking around pushing a shopping trolley shouting at the ‘inappropriate’ design of new buildings, then finally walking off into the sunset stating “I will stand by every jeweller and his right to work here”! It caused quite a sensation at the time but it certainly helped to slow the decimation of the trade in the area. How times have changed - 30 years ago the jewellery ‘trade’ fought against having tourists and retailers in the area, let alone residents!

St. Paul’s Church Organ

Sad to hear that there will be no more ‘Thursday Live’ lunch-time recitals as the organ needs repairs. Is anyone doing anything about running a Restoration Fund? I remember there was one some years ago.

Birthday Gems

As a new venture, every month we will feature the Birthday Stone for the following month and the gems’ lore’s and legends. I am sure it would not be too difficult to find a supply of any particular gem through the pages of The Hockley Flyer, plus a jeweller to make up a piece of jewellery especially for you. Marie Haddleton Editor

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Hockley Mint Applauded for Supporting Young Talent Hockley Mint has received an ‘outstanding’ grade by the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Grading Panel for successfully completing a project in conjunction with Birmingham City University to the highest possible standard. Under the scheme, Birminghambased manufacturer Hockley Mint employed Rose Dunne as marketing associate in June 2013 to design a digital communication strategy and develop new business streams through integrated advertising. Hockley Mint has been awarded the highest possible grade for its achievement in meeting these objectives. Rose has played a key role in developing several new initiatives at Hockley Mint, including championing the company’s Fairtrade gold project following her visit to Tanzania and working closely with Hockley Mint colleagues on the Fairtrade Ambassadors Scheme for Retailers, which launched in May. Gary Wroe, managing director of Hockley Mint, said: “We got involved in the KTP scheme as we recognised the value it could bring to our business. Rose has been a real asset to

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Trade Talk from around the Jewellery Quarter and more.

the company in many ways and has played an integral role in our new Fairtrade Ambassadors scheme, of which we are immensely proud.” The KTP scheme is a UK-wide programme that has been helping businesses for the past 40 years to improve their competitiveness and productivity through the better use of knowledge, technology and skills that reside within the UK knowledge base. A KTP serves to meet a core strategic need and to identify innovative solutions to help that business grow. KTPs often deliver significant increased profitability for business partners as a direct result of the partnership through improved quality and operations, increased sales and access to new markets. Speaking about the opportunities she has received through the KTP, Rose said: “Having the opportunity to put my knowledge to work in a real work environment is invaluable. I’ve had the pleasure of working on some really interesting and innovative projects at Hockley Mint, where I have learnt an incredible amount, too.” Dr Shane Walker, senior enterprise development manager at Birmingham City University, added: “Only excellent, high-quality projects can receive the grade of outstanding and the Certificate of Excellence, which highlights the hard work that’s been put in on this innovative and challenging project.”

Obituary - Sarah Morfoot Trollbeads UK Responds to Passing of Fable Trading founder Sarah Morfoot Katharine ‘Sarah’ Morfoot, the founder and former distributor of Fable Trading, has passed away after a four-year battle with cancer. Sarah was in treatment for a brain tumour since falling ill in 2012, and recently lost her fight with the illness. Together with her husband Richard Morfoot, Sarah led Fable Trading, the original distributor of Trollbeads in the UK and Irish markets. Trollbeads UK Ltd has released a group statement in memory of Sarah and her love for the brand: “Sarah was a vibrant and inspiring woman, and the Trollbeads UK team are truly grateful to have had the chance to work alongside her. The news of her passing is extremely sad; no one knew Trollbeads quite like Sarah, and her work and belief in the brand was exceptional. We send our thoughts and best wishes to Richard and the Morfoot family at this sad time.” Members of the trade wishing to show their support or share their memories of Sarah can donate to The Brain Tumour Charity or support Sarah and Richard’s daughter Amy Morfoot on a London to Paris charity bike ride in honour of her mother.


New Acquisition for Betts Marries Innovative Design with 250 Years of Heritage Precious metals specialist the Stephen Betts Group is fashioning new markets with the acquisition of Unity Wedding Bands. The sale will put Betts Metal Sales

(BMS) in full control of all aspects of the manufacturing process for its wedding rings, as well as bringing a dedicated team of skilled, innovative designers and producers in-house. Charlie Betts, Managing Director at the Stephen Betts Group, said the deal held major advantages for both companies: “Unity’s manufacturing capacity is state of the art. With a track record in all the latest techniques, and expertise in creating original, new products, adding Unity to the Betts portfolio will give us far greater flexibility and secure our place as a major player in the wedding ring market. Being part of a larger group will also undoubtedly strengthen Unity’s brand, while customers will benefit directly from the economies of scale afforded through by being part of a group that offers refining, manufacturing and tool services under one roof.” The two Jewellery Quarter companies have been working closely for the past two years, but Unity’s 15 staff – including skilled CNC operators with expertise in areas such as diamond setting, CAD, finishing and polishing – will now become employees of the Stephen Betts Group. Unity was established in 1989, and has grown to supply retailers throughout the UK and Europe. Director of Unity Wedding Rings, Sam Felton agreed that the decision to join the Stephen Betts Group would give Unity Wedding Bands greater market influence: “This deal makes excellent strategic sense for Unity. BMS has a much wider customer base

and sales team, which will help us to reach a wider m a r ke t , a s well as benefiting operationally from integration into a larger group. This is a really exhilarating time; blending our advanced manufacturing capabilities with Betts’ heritage, service, trade counter and stock holding will really spring board what we can bring to the market place and give us super-fast delivery. We look forward to working together to create new product collections and modern marketing strategies. Utilising Betts’ sales team will also increase our market share. This is a really positive step forward for all the Unity staff and customers, exciting times lie ahead.” Simon Cox, the founder of UNITY, added: “Over the past 20 years a lot of hard work and effort has gone into creating a world class manufacturing facility here at UNITY. After working in close association with the Betts group of companies over the last two years, it quickly became apparent that there was a great synergy between both parties. This acquisition will create exciting opportunities and a force to be reckoned with in the market place. I’m really looking forward to being part of this exciting new era.” June 2016

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Hockly Mint Gary Wroe

Assay Office Birmingham Raises over £8,600 for Charity Assay Office Birmingham has raised over £8,600 for Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity through the building of its new headquarters in the Jewellery Quarter. Working with local businesses and long-time customers, Assay Office Birmingham launched a ‘sponsored brick’ initiative during the building of its new headquarters, with 12 businesses funding feature bricks to become part of the new building’s exterior. Among these were Cooksongold, Weston Beamor, Charles Green, Hockley Mint, retail group F Hinds, and silversmith Martyn Pugh. During the recent BATF Cocktail Party held at Assay Office Birmingham on Wednesday May 11th, Stella Layton, Chief Executive and Assay Master of Assay Office Birmingham, presented a cheque for a total of £8,640 to Paula Duff, Impact Manager at Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity. Speaking of the money raised, Paula stated: “We want to say a massive thank you to Assay Office Birmingham for their support in raising this fantastic donation. This money will make a big difference to our brave children and their families as we continue our plans to improve our facilities – enabling us to treat even more

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children from Birmingham, the West Midlands and around the country.” The special feature bricks, which bear the sponsor marks of the donors, as well as other key hallmarking symbols used during the Assay Office’s 242-year history, raised £15,100 in total, which was split between Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity and the British Jewellery, Giftware and Finishing Federation (BJGF) Benevolent Society, a charity that provides financial assistance for individuals who once worked in the trades represented by the Federation and who, through old age or illness, have fallen on hard times. Stella Layton added: “We are very proud of our history and our longestablished place in the Birmingham business community. This new building represents a huge step forward and marks the confidence we have in our future. We are very pleased that some of our long standing customers will be so clearly represented on the exterior of our new building with the added bonus of raising money for two excellent charities.” The 12 businesses sponsoring feature bricks at AOB are Thomas Fattorini, R Platnauer, Toye Kenning & Spencer, Cooksongold, Deakin & Francis, BJA (the former British Jewellers’ Association), F Hinds, Charles Green, Hockley Mint, Weston Beamor, Jewellery Brokers and Martyn Pugh. These are a representative sample of businesses that have a long-standing association with Assay Office Birmingham. Among the bricks featured on the exterior of the new AOB building are traditional hallmarking sym-

Andrew Hinds Feature Brick

AOB Warden Martyn Pugh & Stone

bols; a lion for Sterling Silver, crown for Gold, orb for Platinum and Pallas Athene for Palladium. The famous Birmingham town mark, the anchor also features prominently. Sponsor marks registered to the founder of the Assay Office and one of Birmingham’s leading entrepreneurs during the Industrial Revolution, Matthew Boulton, take pride of place beside the front door of the new HQ.

Following the storming success of its first year, Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter Festival is back and better than ever!

Running from Friday 22 July to Sunday 24 July, visitors to the Quarter will be able to explore and enjoy a vast array of events and entertainment, taking place in both the Golden Square and St Paul’s Square with a programme jam-packed of the very best the Jewellery Quarter has to offer, including a performance by CircusMASH, live music throughout

and delectable food stalls, there is something for everyone.

Open Studios Trail

Despite being famed for its jewellery, Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter has so much more to offer, including the chance to explore behind-the-scenes in this year’s Open Studios trail. Following on from the success of last year’s launch, where over 40 studios opened to the general public, the trail will be open to follow on Friday 22 July and Saturday 23 July, offering an exciting glimpse into the everyday working lives, workshops


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and inner sanctums not often showcased. Expect to explore a variety of art studios, jewellers’ benches, glass etchers and 3D printers, and meet the wealth of creative experts that call Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter their home.


Muhammad Ali Although boxing isn’t my sport, I always watched Ali’s fights. I admired the man for his dynamic style and strong beliefs. He visited the Jewellery Quarter some years ago. No, he didn’t come to fight, he came to officially open ‘The Muhammad Ali Community Centre’ in Icknield Street on August 10 1983. The building never really gained the popularity it deserved and was prone to vandalism, and in the end attacked by arsonists, leaving a discarded wreck of a building which is now an eyesore. The Centre was leased to the Kadam’s Women Enterprise on a 999-year lease in 2012 by Birmingham City Council, guaranteeing it could only be used for community, artistic or cultural purposes and they are still trying to find financial support to restore the building. Maybe this could be a good cause for Heritage Lottery funding? June 2016

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Birthstones for July - Ruby & Camelian

Birthday Gems - Lore & Myths Throughout the ages, gemstones have fascinated Mankind. Lots of myths, legends and lores have evolved around them. Some of our ancestors believed they had mysterious hidden powers and healing properties, which were bestowed on the wearer. Even today, some of these beliefs still exist.


Ruby is the birthstone for July. It is also a traditional gift for those celebrating 15th or 40th anniversaries. Rubies are extremely strong, registering 9 on the Mohs scale of hardness and have been found all over the world, including the Myanmar (formerly Burma), Africa, Australia on the USA. and the most precious rubies are those with a full, rich red colour with just a hint of blue tones. Almost all rubies have flaws. Healing effects: Strengthens your heart, clears bad air, protects against fever, phthisis, and miscarriages. Protects against misfortune, floods, storms and lightning. Mysterious Power: Strengthens creative thinking, grants power, courage, thinking, bravery and passion. Keeps diseases and nausea away. If there is one gemstone that represents the passion of love, it is the ruby

Carnelian: The Carnelian Stone is also a July Birthstone and a 17th Anniversary gemstone. They are Stones of Action. Creative and Courage to move forward on a new path in life. sometimes called ‘The Actor’s Stone’. Protective: Like all agates it has protective energies against anger, jealousy and fear. It can aid memory and can assist in finding the right mate. Healing: It has been used to heal open sores, and regenerate cell tissue and cells.

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Interesting Information about Rubies 1. The word ruby comes from the Latin rubens which means red. 2. Rubies are found in shades of red, from rich darkish red to pigeon blood red and pinkish red. The red hue comes from traces of the mineral chromium. 3. Ruby is the birthstone for July. It is also a traditional gift for those celebrating 15th or 40th anniversaries. 4. 4.Rubies are extremely strong, registering 9 on the Mohs scale of hardness. They are as resilient as sapphires and only slightly softer than diamonds. 5. Rubies have been found all over the world, including in Myanmar (formerly Burma), Africa, Australia and the USA. The majority of rubies for sale at Israel-Diamonds originate in Myanmar, Thailand and other locations in Asia. 6. The most precious rubies are those with a full, rich red colour with just a hint of blue tones. Originally, the finest rubies were mined in Myanmar and it is from there that the term Burmese ruby began to describe the finest rubies. 7. Almost all rubies have flaws. Rubies without imperfections are exceptionally rare and command prices even higher than diamonds of a similar weight and quality. 8. The world’s largest ruby is owned by a Chinese jewellery company. It weighs 8184 g (40920 Carat) and measures 5.11 x 5.43 x 5.70 inches. 9. Rubies, because of their brilliant red hues, are often related to themes concerning the essence and vibrancy of life. If there is one gemstone that represents the passion of love, it is the ruby. 10. Almost all natural rubies are treated to improve their colour and strengthen them. This is standard practice in the jewellery industry and is accepted by the American Gem Trade Association and Israel-Diamonds.

Intergem 2016: Spot on Paraiba

The Paraiba tourmaline is one of the most sought-after gemstones in the world. Its incredible beauty and rarity have made it one of the most coveted trend stones of recent years, with prices exploding as a consequence. “What few people know is that the potential of the Paraiba was first discovered by cutters from IdarOberstein, who triggered the hype,” reports Intergem Fair Manager KaiUwe Hille. “This is why we are placing a particular focus on this tourmaline variant this year.” “It is not only its spectrum of glittering neon-green, blue and turquoise hues that makes the Paraiba the undisputed star amongst the coloured gemstones,” says Markus Wild of Kirschweiler-based Paul Wild. “No other gemstone has this incomparable display of colours and it generates an eye-catching effect when used in jewellery designs. Thanks to our two

Paraiba tourmaline Groh & Ripp, IdarOberstein

Paraiba mines in Brazil and Mozambique it is possible for us to offer our customers this stone in a wide range of forms and at the highest quality.” Numerous exhibitors at the Intergem will be displaying their latest Paraiba finds - amongst other items - from 30 September to 3 October. “For years now, Paraiba tourmalines have been among the most popular coloured gemstones,” reports Nicole Ripp of Groh + Ripp, which is bringing an extensive range of Paraibas to the fair. “This is unsurprising: its lush turquoise is not only incredibly beautiful, the brilliance of these tourmalines is incomparable to that of any other gemstone – there are no alternatives.” This is confirmed by Constantin Wild of the eponymous Idar-Oberstein cutting enterprise: “Paraiba tourmalines have been the big story on the gemstone market for two decades now. Prices for good stones have risen hundredfold during this time. In the jewellery market Paraiba has the same level of demand as diamonds, emeralds and sapphires. For many

Paraiba tourmaline Constantin Wild & Co., Idar-Oberstein

Paraiba tourmaline Paul Wild, Kirschweiler. June 2016

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Ring Paraiba tourmaline, Richard Hans Becker, Idar-Oberstein

customers the Paraiba tourmaline represents the entry point to the fascinating world of coloured gemstones.” Jewellery manufacture Richard Hans Becker has pieces in its portfolio that are characterised by the incredible beauty and scarcity of the Paraiba tourmaline. “This is pure nature,” enthuses company boss Hans-Joachim Becker. “We are always looking to offer smaller, more affordable stones in our range – no easy task.” The tourmalines, which owe their blue-green colour to traces of copper, really are difficult to find on the world market. The deposits in the Brazilian state of Paraiba, which gives the stone their name, have nearly exhausted. At the end of 2000 the first tourmalines containing copper and manganese came on the market from the Nigerian state of Oyo, whilst Mozambique has been the main supplier of coppercontent tourmalines since 2005. Despite their African origin they are still allowed to bear the name Paraiba tourmaline, as this refers to the unique colour variants that make them distinct from other tourmalines. However, the African deposits are also limited: “The shortage of raw material means that it is increasingly difficult to find stones that we can cut, especially in very fine qualities. Resources are exhausted at the moment,” says Nicole Ripp. The support programme at this year’s Intergem also focuses on the Paraiba tourmaline. Dr. Claudio Milisenda, Managing Director of the German Foundation for Gemstone Research (DSEF), will present a lecture on the deposits, properties and characteristics of Paraiba tourmaline. He will also use a portable spectrometer to illustrate the presence of copper in Paraiba tourmaline.

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Spring Hill A Library to Savour

Guest writer: Trevor Fisher BA (Hons), MA, MEd ‘One of the golden rules in life is Never Go Back. Yet as someone brought up in Hockley after the Second World War, I keep going back to my old haunts, even though they no longer exist for the most part. In the centre of Hockley, the old Victorian slums have been rebuilt, the roads changed and the key buildings demolished. The main buildings in the All Saints core of the district were the Church

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and Primary School, and they were closed and demolished with the slums. Yet on the outskirts of Hockley some features remain, and on the corner of Spring Hill is a truly magical building – Spring Hill Library. I had learned to read by age 7 and though I lived a mile away my mother enrolled me in the Library and it became a place of pilgrimage once a week to borrow the books I came to love. Since 1972 when the Middle Ring

Road threatened to destroy the old Victorian masterpiece, campaigners sought to keep the Library open. When I moved away to Stafford in 1981 I still kept an eye on the Library, and when Tesco’s built its new shop round the old Library plus a new entrance, it was finally secure and I went in 2011 to find out if its key features were destroyed. They were not. It had moved with the times, but a visitor from when it opened in 1893 would identify the main changes as the coming of electricity and computers. And even then, the old Gas Light Mantles hang ponderously from the roof, the old still present among the new. But the atmosphere was identical to what made the place so good to go to for a seven-year-old back in the day. Parts of the library were always mysterious - the reading room upstairs was not a place for school-age children though the old men reading the small print were probably more interested in the horses and placing a bet than children – it was a more innocent age and it did not occur to parents that there would be danger. The worst that was expected was the risk set out by the Lord Mayor when he opened the Library in 1893, stating that he most earnestly hoped that the newspapers in the reading room would not be used for encouraging one of the greatest evils of the day – betting!

marks on the wall as it fell. This was a rare break in the tranquillity which the Library possesses. It was a haven for a young reader – quiet, safe and full of wonderful books to borrow and read at home. After that incident in 1949 nothing unusual happened in the Library. That was one of the attractions. I sometimes wonder that my parents let me wander the crowded streets of Hockley to get to the Library, a mile away from our home, but they knew there was nowhere else in Hockley where my imagination and reading skills would grow unfettered. They were right. Even my Primary School, which I adored, had nothing like the book stock of Spring Hill Library. Once I started going there, it became impossible to stop. Next to Villa Park, there is nothing that links the present to the Victorian pioneers who built Birmingham like Spring Hill Library. May it long continue.’

History of Spring Hill Library

branch libraries, and in 1895 a man was sentenced to six weeks in prison with hard labour for throwing books around the library and resisting arrest. On March 16th 1949 a number 8 bus crossing Spring Hill from Monument Road into Icknield Street, collided with a fire engine travelling down Summerhill. The impact of the crash caused the bus to topple over onto the pavement outside Spring Hill Library. One person was killed and over 30 were taken to hospital. An inquest jury returned a verdict of accidental death and found insufficient care caused the crash and both drivers were criticised. The scratch marks made by the bus can still be seen today on the library wall. In the early 1970s the library was saved from demolition. Plans for the Middle Ring Road were re-routed at the last minute following a public outcry and Ladywood Middleway was diverted to leave the building intact. In the last few years the adjoining local shopping precinct fell into decline and has recently been demolished. A new plan for the area will integrate the library with new retail units, improve surrounding landscaping, and provide a double door and glazed lift to improve access.

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Spring Hill Library is a fine example of late nineteenth century architecture and is a Grade II listed building. Its foundation stone was laid in 1891. Designed by the Birmingham architects, Martin and Chamberlain, it opened on January 7th 1893. Constructed in the red brick and terracotta style familiar in many of Birmingham municipal buildings of the day, its distinctive 65 feet tower with four clock faces has given the library an enduring presence amidst a rapidly changing landscape. Spring Hill Library has made the news on several occasions. In its first year of opening it issued more books per day than any of the city

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Ghosts of an ancient past do not haunt the building though it is a place for memories. It passed its 120th birthday in 2013, but the Library is a working library, not a museum., and it speaks volumes that the buildings of All Saint’s Church and school were demolished without protest, but the listed building had so much support that at one point the council were thinking of jacking it up on rollers and moving it away from the new road to keep protesters from staging demonstrations. Reason prevailed and it was the road that had to move away from the Library. On May 21st this year, I visited the Jewellery Quarter to show a friend round, and with some doubts took her to the place that seemed so big and important to me when a child. Would it have the same magic, part Gothic revival church and part public institution, for an outsider? It was open on a Saturday afternoon – a pleasant surprise, not many Libraries in Staffordshire are open on Saturday afternoon; and there was a satisfying hum of activity as around a dozen and a half people, comfortably occupying the restricted spaces under the canopy of the pointed iron beams, used the facilities and were served by a handful of discreet librarians. These were happy to see and talk to us, and the security officer Andrew Smith showed us round for ten minutes even though we had dropped in

without warning. The cramped bookshelves remained from my childhood, but there are computers on desks and while everything seems much smaller than it did to me as a child, to my companion the pointed windows and quiet atmosphere seemed entirely appropriate for a library. Upstairs in what had been the newspaper section, no old men spending the day reading the sporting pages remained, and it was hard on a flying visit to find out what happened in the upper gallery, but downstairs where Librarian Sarah Kent welcomed us the focus was clearly on the written word. For me as a child the Library was a place to browse for magical volumes to take you well away from Hockley and the dirt and the noise of the slums. Icknield Street outside was still narrow, cramped and full of traffic. When a double decker bus capsized in 1949 after being hit by a speeding fire engine, it killed one person and made


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Exhibitions/Demos  JUNE


This is the first in a series of four exhibitions showcasing objects collected from local people, telling their stories of life in Birmingham. Held in the heart of the Jewellery Quarter this exhibition focuses on real stories of working life in Birmingham.

Now - 29 Jul 7 STAGES OF GRIEF

Tina Francis is a textile artist, and her latest exhibition, ‘7 Stages of Grief’ explores the loss of a loved one through stitch. She says the following about her exhibition: ‘As a maker, I have the skills to fix what is broken; I follow process and rules. I have been unable to do this with grief.


The RBSA Gallery has delivered a New Curator project every year since 2011. The aim of the project is to enable current students or recent graduates to curate an exhibition of original artworks by Members, Associates, and guest artists. This year, the New Curators exhibition will focus on sculpture and three-dimensional forms. This year we are delighted to acknowledge the support of the S & D Lloyd Charity.


Having a strong desire to travel, or ‘wanderlust’, has inspired many designer-makers with their creative practice. Makers in this exhibition may be of international origin or may enjoy exploring the world in order to gather new ideas for their work. Through examining varied aspects of different cultures this exhibition also reflects the diversity of Birmingham.


David Hawthorne ARBSA - A collection of David’s recent atmospheric paintings of land, sea and skies, focusing on abstracted impressions of light and shade. Solo show.


After exhibiting in New Art West Midlands 2015, Kathleen was awarded a solo show at the RBSA in which she presents new site-responsive installations.


The First Prize Winner of the RBSA’s inaugural Photographic Prize exhibition Attilio Fiumarella, shows a series of new photographs. Attilio explores Birmingham’s diversity through an investigation of the interior landscape. Solo show.


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Maggie Humphry ARBSA. Maggie’s love of line is the driving force behind her series of striking landscapes of Wales and Shropshire. Solo Show


‘The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes’ Marcel Proust 1871-1922. This exhibition will include the natural landscape, man’s interventions therein, the urban landscape and the sea. It will be a spacious selling show of 2D and 3D work, ranging in price from the modest through mid-range to high-end. 2D and 3D work of a contemporary style will be welcome. The show is being designed by Wayne Attwood RBSA, Nigel Priddey RBSA, and Janette Summerfield RBSA.

Auctions  JUNE


@ 11:00 am - An auction of antique and modern jewellery at Fellows Auctioneers


@ 10:00 am - An auction of silver and plated ware at Fellows Auctioneers


@ 1:00 pm - An auction of coins & medals at Fellows Auctioneers


@ 10:00 am - An auction of jewellery at Fellows Auctioneers


@ 2:30 pm - An auction of pawnbrokers watches and jewellery, at Fellows Auctioneers

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Grand Opening weekend

● unique, handmade jewellery & silverware

Friday 24th - Saturday 25th June 2016 - 10am - 8pm

● purchase from an extensive selection ● refreshments

86 Spencer Street Birmingham B18 6DS

● bespoke commissions welcome

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04 - 27 Aug NEW WORK

Andrew Matheson RBSA - A new range of hand thrown and hand built pieces in porcelain and stoneware. Solo Show The

© David Waterman

© Bruce Dalgleish

© Sepanta Designs

© Hampson Fine Jewels

© Manu Schmuckwerkstatt

© Quo Vadis Jewellery

Fine Jewellery and silverware, direct from the hands of the makers - - 0121 236 7888


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© Jemma Daniels

Cynthia Pearson RBSA - Fabric and thread used to interpret the decorative qualities of maps. Marks made by man and nature inspire the rich and intricate patterns and surfaces.

© D’Joya

27 - 13 Aug ON THE MAP

© Memory Stather

Previously known as subscribers, the Friends have been an integral part of the RBSA since the 1900s and the RBSA was one of the first societies to allow subscribers to have their own exhibitions. This annual exhibition is an opportunity for long lasting and newly subscribed Friends of the Society to showcase their varied creative practices and raise the profile of the Friends. Free associated event: Don’t miss Ed Isaac’s demonstration on Saturday 25 June, 11am - 1pm and 2 - 4pm.

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@ 11:00 am - An auction of watches at Fellows Auctioneers


@ 10:00 am - An auction of jewellery at Fellows Auctioneers


@ 2:30 pm - An auction of pawnbrokers watches and jewellery, at Fellows Auctioneers


@ 11:00 am - An auction of antique and modern jewellery at Fellows Auctioneers


@ 10:00 am - An auction of vintage jewellery and accessories at Fellows Auctioneers


@ 10:00 am - An auction of jewellery at Fellows Auctioneers


@ 2:30 pm - An auction of pawnbrokers watches and jewellery, at Fellows Auctioneers


@ 11:00 am - An auction of watches at Fellows Auctioneers


@ 11:00 am - An auction of Designer items at Fellows Auctioneers

Live Entertainment  JUNE

14 JAZZLINES presents ... LEE JONES

Lee Jones is a UK guitarist and composer, and around the national jazz scene in recent years, guesting with guitarist Martin Taylor at the Pizza Express, London. Previously a student at Birmingham Conservatoire, and winner of Jazz FM’s “Best New Instrumentalist” award, Lee has released three solo albums; “Swish” (2007) and “Songs from the 13th Hour” (2011), and “After the Pier” (2015).


A great band just got better! This exciting six-piece playing a cool range of acid jazz and jazz-funk classics has been joined by a talented young vocalist, Charmaine Baines.


Don’t miss this rare chance to witness a legendary live act in person, as once seen, this band are never forgotten! Gandalf Murphy & The Slambovian Circus of Dreams have been called ”the hillbilly Pink Floyd,” which is an apt description, particularly if you throw in elements of Incredible String Band, Neil Young, The Band, Dylan, and maybe even some Frank Zappa as well.


Stellar vocal harmony is blended with excellent musicianship to make Up 4 The Downstroke the UKs premier band playing RnB faves from the likes of Beyonce, Timberlake, Rhianna and more.


Tom Walker Trio is a collective of Birmingham musicians fused together performing blues/rock & funk music. Tom Walker on guitar and lead vocals, Deano Bass (Brothers Groove) and Jim Simpson (UFO, Magnum) on drums.


Come and join us at The Actress & Bishop 22nd June for the ‘LET’S GET VIM DICTA TO GERMANY GIG!’ As well as the awesome live music - in fitting with the theme we will have German Frankfurters and Beer availible

23 a tribute to ... BLONDIE

Further to the “a tribute to…” series of monthly events, the Jam House is pleased to present a tribute to Blondie. Blondie anthems like One Way or Another, Heart of Glass, Sunday Girl, Atomic, Call Me, and, of course, The Tide is High plus Debbie Harry’s solo hits like French Kissing in the USA and I Want that Man are just some of the fantastic tracks performed by the band Absolute Blondie. Absolute Blondie have both the MUSIC and THE LOOK - vocalist DEBBIE HUNTER sports a sexy pout and a voice that encapsulates the style of Debbie Harry to stunning effect.


An explosive collection of classic and contemporary dance music, with all of your Tamla Motown, Atlantic Soul and funk favourites.

25 EEEK – Live + Support

Catch them while you can! This will be Eeek’s last gig for a while! Eeek are looking forward to performing at the Actress & Bishop in beautiful St Paul’s Square.


A monthly showcase of new talent and unsigned artistes, regularly featuring touring performers as well as musicians from the local scene. The night is presented by the talented singersongwriter, Ben Drummond. All musicians should contact the Jam House on 0121 200 3030.


Odyssey, the New York-based disco band, is probably best known for their 1977 hit “Native New Yorker”, but they had a string of Top Ten hits in the UK at their peak. “Going Back To My Roots”, “Inside Out”, “If You’re Lookin’ for a Way Out”, and “Use It Up and Wear It Out” have been night club floor fillers for well over 30 years. Now led and fronted by Steve Collazo, the band continues to perform and record and tonight brings it to the Jam House

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On the last Thursday of every month, there is a distinct Latin vibe to the Jam House with the sounds of the popular Salsa nine-piece DEL CAMINO supported by Mauricio Reyes and his army of LatinMotion DJs & dancers. Salsa taster dance workshop from 9pm.

 JULY 01 & 02 ROCKET

Rock this weekend with this five-piece guitar band playing anthems from the likes of Bon Jovi, Kings Of Leon, Jay-Z, Nelly, The Black Eyed Peas, The Killers, Oasis and James Brown.

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The Jeeps are a formidable acoustic duo, featuring Oz McGowan on piano and Lee Rogers on guitar & vocals. “Lee’s versatile, superb and instantly recognisable voice, coupled with the best rhythm guitar in town, and Oz’s amazing piano skills combine perfectly to put their own stamp on classic songs.”

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Remember the old skool club classics of the late ‘eighties & early ‘nineties? Tunes from the likes of Ce Ce Penistone, Robin S, Beats International, Crystal Waters, and Bobby Brown: the list goes on and on. The top-flight vocal trio of Vicki-Ann Nash, Teisha George, and Natalie Collins, backed by Andre Bassing (Keys), Ian Palmer (Drums), Colin Peters (Bass) & Reuben Reynolds (Guitar) are Club Classics.


Regarded as the founder of the British Neo-Soul movement, Omar is well known for such Urban hits as “There’s Nothing Like This”, “Say Nothin’”, and “Keep Steppin’”, as well as many significant collaborations with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Angie Stone, and Carleen Anderson.

08 & 09 B’SPOKE

A popular & funky young ten piece of talented musicians perform a range of soul & R’n’B classics.

12 JAZZLINES presents ... REEDBASS

Reed Bass brings his brand of Jazz to The JamHouse. His exciting contemporary jazz quintet have managed to fuse the old skool with the new, weaving an intoxicating blend of harmony, rhythm and melody to create an electrifying aural experience. The band features the some of finest contemporary musicians in the Midlands who have been active on the local, national and international scene as a session musicians, working with many of the leading names in contemporary music across an array of genres, including Beverley Knight, Soweto Kinch, Andy Hamilton, Wiley, Heatwave, Julian Smith, to name a few artists. With a wide range of influences, their music has been described as a fusion of the music they grew up listening to (funk, gospel, blues, reggae, soul) with a generous portion of current music genres (grime, hip hop, r&b, dancehall, dubstep) served on a bed of jazz.

Training & Education  JUNE


This one day introductory course will give you a fascinating insight into jewellery types and styles, from the late 18th Century through to the mid-20th Century. The hands on course focuses on the more affordable everyday jewellery of each period, and provides key information for dating jewellery on stylistic grounds. £215 per delegate + vat.


This one day interactive training course takes an in depth look at some of the most important coloured stones used in jewellery, including sapphires, rubies, emeralds and tanzanite. Delegates will gain a good commercial understanding of these stones and the key selling points for each one. A practical session looking at gemstones will give participants greater confidence in identifying coloured stones and their imitations. £265 per delegate + vat


This course is ideal for anyone with an interest in the value of jewellery. This includes retailers, pawnbrokers, auctioneers and those involved in consumer complaints or insurance replacement. It is expected that delegates have some experience of jewellery and gemstones. The intensive one day course will give delegates confidence and knowledge, providing an understanding of the methodology and many different approaches required to produce a fair jewellery valuation, appropriate to its intended use. £215 per delegate + vat


This one day course offers basic level training for jewellery technologists and costume jewellery and fashion accessories buyers who wish to understand new and current EU and USA product legislation and testing requirements BEFORE supplying products for sale to consumers. The course provides an invaluable overview of the current market for precious and non precious metals and accessories before focusing on Nickel, Lead and Cadmium, including why each metal is harmful and current testing regulations. £215 per delegate + vat.

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This hands-on course is intended for retail staff or enthusiasts who already have some experience of watches. The one day course will provide an understanding of the technical aspects and benefits of different types of watches, improving confidence when selling. It will also teach basic practical skills which will enable delegates to diagnose possible faults etc. £215 per delegate + vat.


@ 10.00am - 4.00pm. Museum of the Jewellery Quarter. Join local designer maker Grace Page to design and make your own silver bangle in a day! This one day session will involve learning a variety of jewellery making techniques under the careful guidance of contemporary jeweller Grace Page, and you’ll even be able to make your own silver bangle to take home with you. Includes all the materials you need to make your own ring, plus light refreshments. We invite you to bring your own lunch or purchase something in our tea room during the lunch break. This workshop is for over 18s. Booking essential. 0121 348 8140. £50.00 (per adult)


This one day interactive training course takes an in depth look at some of the most important coloured stones used in jewellery, including sapphires, rubies, emeralds and tanzanite. Delegates will gain a good commercial understanding of these stones and the key selling points for each one. A practical session looking at gemstones will give participants greater confidence in identifying coloured stones and their imitations. £265 per delegate + vat


This course is ideal for those working in the jewellery or precious metal trades, collectors, and members of the public, who would like to learn more about Hallmarking, including the history of Hallmarking in the UK and current legislation. This course provides a unique opportunity to go behind the scenes and visit the Hallmarking Floor. £80 per delegate + vat.


This course is a combination of presentation combined with handling practical examples and is intended for those involved in either buying, authenticating or valuing watches whether as a business or for private interest. This one day course will provide a detailed insight into fake watches and how to identify them, as well as examining watches that started out as authentic but have subsequently been modified. £295 per delegate + vat.


This hands-on course is intended for retail staff or enthusiasts who already have some experience of watches. The one day course will provide an understanding of the technical aspects and benefits of different types of watches, improving confidence when selling. It will also teach basic practical skills which will enable delegates to diagnose possible faults etc. £215 per delegate + vat.


This is a hands on course designed for those who have a basic understanding of diamonds. This one day course gives delegates a chance to see and handle diamond simulants, synthetics and treated diamonds giving them confidence in identifying them in the retail environment. £265 per delegate + vat.


@ 2.00pm - 4.00pm. Workshop with Karoline Rerrie, Friend. Celebrate summer by learning how to print your own bunting using the silk-screen printing technique. This workshop is a great introduction for those who are new to printmaking and is popular with girls and boys alike. Booking essential. This workshop is suitable for children aged 6 to 12. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Price £6 per child.

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Why UHY? UHY Hacker Young (Birmingham) LLP is an ambitious and growing firm of chartered accountants located on Vittoria Street in the Jewellery Quarter with offices across the UK. We offer a Professional, timely and appropriate service at competitive rates taking an avid interest in your business, as we are focused on helping you prosper.

What Services do we provide? • Sole Trader, Partnership, LLP & Limited Company Accounts; • Personal, Corporation Inheritance & Capital Gains Tax; • VAT Returns; • Company Incorporation & Management Accounts; • Solicitors Audit Reports; • Audit Services – Limited Companies & Charities; • Business & Tax Planning; • Company Payroll Schemes & PAYE; • Remote Accounting.

9-11 Vittoria Street – Birmingham – B1 3ND Tel: 0121 233 4799 Fax: 0121 233 4794 To speak to Malcolm Winston or Glenn Thomas from our Private Client Services team please call us or email Malcolm.Winston@uhybirmingham. or June 2016

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Property Planning General

The ‘Golden Triangle’ and the ‘Industrial Middle’ are the areas protected against inappropriate residential use. A large number of Planning Applications are not in accordance with the Planning Legislation which is there to ‘protect’ the Jewellery Quarter and the trade. Please help the Jewellery Quarter to survive by making your ‘official’ protest against such Applications.

New Applications 2016/04591/PA 22 Frederick Street Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B1 3HE. Display of an internally illuminated ATM surround. 27-05-2016 2016/04532/PA Unit 3 Argent Centre 60 Frederick Street Birmingham B1 3HS. Listed Building Consent for the reinstatement of doorway. 26-05-2016 2016/04548/PA 59-60 Water Street Birmingham B3 1EP. Prior Approval for change of use from offices (Use Class B1a] to 10 bedsits (Use Class C3). 23-05-2016 2016/04327/PA 28 St Pauls Square Birmingham B3 1RB. Installation of replacement front door. 20-05-2016 2016/04210/PA. 32 Water Street City Centre Birmingham B3 1HL. Change of use from basement storage area (use Class B8) to drinking establishment (use Class A4) and installation of acoustic louvres above basement entrance. 17-05-2016 2016/04190/PA 59 - 60 Water Street Birmingham B3 1EP. Prior Approval for change of use from offices (Use Class B1[a]) to 8 bedsits (Use Class C3). 12-05-2016 2016/04011/PA 74 Great Hampton Street Hockley Birmingham B18 6EW. Demolition of existing building and erection of a five storey residential development to create 10 apartments. 12-052016 2016/03482/PA. 90 Albion Street Birmingham B1 3AA. Retrospective application for change of use of first floor to residential (Use Class C3). 25-04-2016 2016/03404/PA. 46 Frederick Street Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B1 3HN. Listed Building Consent for refurbishment and conversion of existing building to provide and A1 commercial unit and four 2 bed dwellings. 20-04-2016

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Planning Applications and Decisions for the Jewellery Quarter.

2016/03369/PA. 46 Frederick Street Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B1 3HN. Refurbishment and conversion of existing building to provide A1 commercial unit and four 2 bed dwellings. 20-042016

Awaiting Decision 2016/03536/PA Ground Floor Suite A 30 St Pauls Square Birmingham B3 1QZ. Display of various non-illuminated fascia and projecting signs. 25-04-2016 2016/03469/PA Ground Floor Suite A 30 St Pauls Square Birmingham B3 1QZ. Change of use from A1 (Retail) to A2 (Finance & Professional Services). 25-04-2016 2016/03276/PA 155 Warstone Lane Hockley Birmingham B18 6NZ. Conversion of existing building into four flats; one with a roof garden. 19-04-2016 2016/02560/PA Livery Street Arch 24 Snowhill Birmingham B3 1HA. Display of 1 no. internally illuminated external sign. 29-03-2016 2016/01908/PA George & Dragon 12 Albion Street Birmingham B1 3AA. Listed Building Consent for internal alterations to ground floor area and works to external facade. 07-03-2016 2016/01433/PA Land adjacent 27 and 28 George Street Ladywood Birmingham B3 1QG. Construction of 6 no townhouses with associated parking and landscaping. 19-02-2016 2016/00772/PA 66-68 Great Hampton Street Hockley Birmingham B18 8EW . onversion of the existing building to provide two retail units and a car parking area at ground floor level and 14 flats above (2 x 1 bed, 10 x 2 bed and 2 x 3 bed), together with a 4th floor roof extension and external alterations including new window openings to all elevations, new vehicle access from Vyse Street to the new parking area, removal of loading bay doors, installation of new shop front, formation and an external courtyard at first floor level and demolition of part of the building to the rear (south west) part of the building at first/second floor level. 28-01-2016 2015/10464/PA Land at Charlotte Street, Holland Street & George Street Jewellery Quarter City Centre Birmingham. Demolition of 21 George Street (Former Lodge Cotrell Building) and partial demolition of No:s 9 Charlotte Street and 12 George Street (Former James Cond Building) to allow for the erection of University buildings (Class D1) and ancillary retail (Class A1), restaurant (Class A3), offices (Class B1), health facility (Class D1), sports hall

(Class D2) uses and multi-storey car park with access from George Street, change of use of Holland Street from public highway to covered private University campus space and associated external alterations, provision of new pedestrian/cycleway between George Street and Holland Street on line of former Whitmore’s Arm and external alterations to facade of McIntyre House on Holland Street and Camden House. 23-12-2015 2015/09862/PA Land Adjacent To Crowford House Caroline Street Birmingham B3 1UP. Variation of condition 1 (approved plans) in connection with planning application 2013/08589/PA to reduce the number of apartments from 13 to 8, delete rear ground floor unit to provide 12no. car parking spaces, cycle and bin storage and alterations to the elevations and roof. 01-12-2015 2015/07979/PA 30-46 Vittoria Street Jewellery Quarter City Centre Birmingham B1 3NU. Listed Building Consent for the alteration, extension and selective demolition works in association with the conversion to provide 41 residential dwellings and associated parking and landscaping. 28-09-2015 2015/07926/PA 30-52 Vittoria Street Jewellery Quarter City Centre Birmingham B1 3NU. Alteration, extension and selective demolition works to create 41 residential dwellings and associated landscaping and parking. 28-09-2015

New Decisions 2016/02853/PA 32-35 Water Street Birmingham B3 1HL. Retention of the change of use from storage (Use Class B8) to a small coffee kiosk (Use Class A3). Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions 2016/02559/PA Arch 24 Livery Street Birmingham B3 1HA. Change of use to a cafe and bar with live music (Use Classes A3 & A4); extension to front and provision of new doorway and outdoor seating area to front. Final Decision Approve subject to Conditions 2016/02207/PA Warstone Lane Unit 3 Heritage Court Hockley Birmingham B18 6HP. Change of use from hairdressers (Use class A1) to restaurant and hot food takeaway (Use classes A3/A5). Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions 2016/02170/PA 35 St Pauls Square Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B3 1QX Listed Building Consent for the conversion of existing building from offices (Use class B1(a) to residential (Use class C3) to provide 7 No. residential properties with ancillary communal residents bar, gym and lounge at basement level, external alterations including new roof terrace with glazed roof, extension of slate roof, rear dormer windows, new roof access enclosure, roof lights, rear balconies, window alterations and

2016/02113/PA 35 St Pauls Square Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B3 1QX Conversion of existing building from offices (Use class B1(a) to residential (Use class C3) to provide 7 No. residential properties with ancillary communal residents bar, gym and lounge at basement level, external alterations including new roof terrace with glazed roof, extension of slate roof, rear dormer windows, new roof access enclosure, roof lights, rear balconies, window alterations and refurbishment, the provision of 12 parking spaces and cycle parking - (Revised scheme to that approved under planning application number 2015/10269/PA - (Full Planning). Final Decision. - Approve subject to Conditions 2016/02010/PA 32 Regent Place Birmingham B1 3NJ. Listed Building Consent for alterations and extensions to existing building to allow for its conversion into ground floor offices and car parking area, with four apartments and one town house above, including erection of replacement roof extension. Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions 2016/01938/PA. 32 Regent Place Birmingham B1 3NJ. Conversion of existing building into ground floor offices and car parking area, with four apartments and one town house above, including erection of replacement roof extension. Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions 2016/01517/PA Queensway House 57 Livery Street City Birmingham B3 1HA. Change of use from offices to six apartments including external alterations. Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions 2016/00835/PA 48 Constitution Hill Hockley Birmingham B19 3JT. Listed Building Consent for proposed change of use of ground floor from vacant retail unit (A1) to restaurant/bar (Use Class A3/A4), single storey extension to rear and associated works to rear. Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions 2016/00834/PA 48 Constitution Hill Hockley Birmingham B19 3JT. Proposed change of use of ground floor from vacant retail unit (A1) to restaurant/bar (Use Class A3/A4), single storey extension to rear and associated works to rear. Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions 2016/00413/PA Former Kettleworks Land Bound By Icknield Street/Pope Street/Camden Street Jewellery Quarter Birmingham West Midlands B1 3AG. Variation of Conditions Nos 1 (minor amendment to approved drawings), 10 (parking area), 16 (CCTV) and 18 (air quality monitoring and mitigation)

attached to previous application no 2014/07978/PA to allow details to be submitted prior to occupation. Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions

Older Decisions 2016/02090/PA Hockley Medical Practice 60 Carver Street Birmingham B1 3AL. Application for a non-material amendment to planning approval 2014/06066/PA for alterations to windows. Final Decision - Approve 2016/01722/PA 50-54 Carver Street Hockley Birmingham B1 3AS. Minor material amendment to application 2013/02682/PA for alterations to approved schemes. Final Decision Approve subject to Conditions 2016/01457/PA Land adjacent 27 and 28 George Street Ladywood Birmingham B3 1QG. Listed Building Consent for the demolition of existing wall to George Street, and walls within site and the construction of 6 no. townhouses with associated parking and landscaping. Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions 2016/01495/PA 70 Constitution Hill Birmingham B19 3JT. Application for a non-material amendment to planning approval 2013/00361/PA for changes to layout and design. Final Decision Approve 2016/01250/PA 20 Key Hill Drive Hockley Birmingham B18 5NY. Change of use from warehouse (Use Class B8) to a single dwelling house (Use Class C3) including external alterations. Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions

Summary Guide to Use Classes A1 - Shops. A2 - Financial and Professional Services. A3 - Restaurants and Cafes. A4 - Drinking Establishments. A5 - Hot Food Takeaways. B1 (a) - Business. (b) - Research & development, studios, labs, high technology. (c) - Light Industry. B2 - General Industry. B3 - Storage/Distribution. C1 - Hotels C2 - Residential Institutions C2A - Secure Residential Institutions. C3 - Dwelling Houses D1 - Non-residential Institutions. D2 - Assembly/Leisure.

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