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March 2017

Issue No 380

Retailers Say ‘I do’ to Domino’s New Wedding Bands New Products on Display from Deakin & Francis at Baselworld Birthstone for April - Diamonds





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Editorial ....................... 18 News............................. 19 Events .......................... 30 Classifieds ................... 36 Follow us on the Social Networks

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New Products on Display from Deakin & Francis at Baselworld............................................................. 22 Ruth Hallows Wins Weston Beamor’s Student Design Competition .................................................. 23 Partial Building Collapse............................................ 23 Retailers Say ‘I do’ to Domino’s Wedding Bands....... 24 Swirling Clouds and Crashing Waves - Inspiration for the NEW Summer Haze Cufflink Collection ........ 25 Record Sale for Fellows............................................. 25 R Platnauer Group Ltd Move to Jewellery Quarter.... 25 A Birmingham Lady Mayor after 40 Years................. 25 Inhorgenta Munich 2017:........................................... 26 Goldsmths’ Craft & Design Council 2017 Judges Line-up....................................................................... 27

Cover Photo: Retailers Say ‘I do’ to Domino’s New Wedding Bands

Heritage: Story of Education in the Jewellery Quarter and Hockley Part 2....................................... 28 Birthstones for April is Diamonds.............................. 34 Planning..................................................................... 38

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Marie Haddleton and from the Editorial team.

March - Mother’s Day and my birthday month (88 on the 22nd). My birthday stone is of course aquamarine - don’t think I have ever owned a piece of jewellery with that particular stone, but I do have one in a ‘sample’ box which someone gave me many years ago, and it is indeed a very pretty stone. We originally planned that our Heritage feature on ‘Education’ would be covered fully in the February issue but - well - it just grew - and even now I feel sure we may have missed some schools and training sources and, of course, apprenticeships (which are nothing new in the Trade - in the past most jewellers and silversmiths had their own ‘apprentice’, usually a family member! The second section is within these pages. If you know of any schools/training/apprenticeship schemes that have not been included, please email us details. Hopefully, the story on St Paul’s School and Camden Street School will sort out the errors that keep appearing in the social media where Camden Street School has been referred to as ‘St Paul’s School’, ‘Legge Lane School’ and even ‘The Chapel’. We are getting requests to do a JQ Heritage Feature on different companies and events - it’s difficult to know which subject to choose next - if you have any ideas then please do email us and it would help us to decide. It would be rather nice if some companies could sponsor a page or two (with a mention of course!) as we would like to expand this section. Do please contact us if you would like to do this. On my way to the QE a couple of weeks ago, I was sad to see that The Birmingham Mint building has completely ‘lost’ its character and is now just a bland residential building, no sign of its importance in the history of the Jewellery Quarter, not even a blue plaque. There are quite a lot of buildings like this and considering we have over one hundred Grade II Listed buildings where important people have lived/worked, most of them have no Commemorative Plaque. (I managed to get one for James Watt’s house). It is strange, when Birmingham City Centre has recently been named as the ‘most polluted city in Europe’ and a £60,000M fine threatened, that three schools have moved from Great Barr into the Jewellery Quarter! Most of the blame for the pollution is being passed on to the cab/private hire drivers yet more children are now being dropped off and picked up by car in the Jewellery Quarter than ever before and the children’s playgrounds are right in the so-called heavily polluted City Centre. Yet another current news item is that we should all be taking Vitamin D tablets. Who are these daft people who do these surveys? Don’t they know that the natural source of Vitamin D is sunlight - not pills - yet we are blocking out our sunlight by building flats (not houses with gardens) with nowhere for children to play outside and closing-in our streets more and more. It’s nothing new to me as when I was a child, living in Hockley, rickets were a way of life caused not only by malnutrition but by lack of sunlight (vitamin D) and was one of the reasons why we had the ‘Slum Clearance’ in the 1930s. Marie Haddleton Editor

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New Products on Display from Deakin & Francis at Baselworld This year’s Baselworld (March 23-30 2017) is an exciting one for British cufflink manufacturers, Deakin & Francis. As England’s oldest family jeweller, 230 years to be precise, the company design and manufacture the world’s finest, luxury cufflinks and accessories and have never veered from the high standards of craftsmanship and quality that are its tradition. The British brand are famous for their diverse range and this is set to continue as they invite customers along to their stand to see an exclusive preview of a whole host of new cufflink designs: Summer Haze Collection Newly launched, their Summer Haze Collection of vitreous enamelled cufflinks, captures the hazy skies of the beautiful British summer and are inspired by the palette of a quintessentially British summer. Beautifully

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Trade Talk from around the Jewellery Quarter and more.

hand-enamelled in this seasons colours, the organic and natural lines allow the vitreous enamel to show off its density, texture, tone and brightness and, just like a real summer’s sky, as the light changes on these cufflinks you will see different tones shimmer and shine. Each of the six colours sit harmoniously within a classic, round sterling silver setting with a domed oval spring link fitting, to offer wearers a timeless, elegant look. Stunning New 18ct Gold Designs As masters in the art of design, the company employ tools, traditions and techniques passed down from one generation to the next and the firm are excited to showcase a range of beautiful new, hand-crafted 18ct gold designs. Incorporating pretty precious gem stones and stunning hand-painted enamel, these pieces have been designed to last a lifetime. Eclectic & Quirky No Deakin & Francis collection would be complete without a selection of more unique, fun cufflinks, designed for every passion and this year’s show will see them give an exclusive sneak preview to an array of designs set to be launched later this year. From mechanical, robot like

pieces to a selection of cheeky monkeys – there is sure to be something for everyone. “We are constantly looking ahead to our next design and this year we have really worked hard to plan these around the seasons and trends to bring customers a diverse selection of cufflinks and accessories suitable for all passions and price points” says Henry Deakin, Managing Director. As always, Deakin & Francis are looking forward to welcoming both existing and new customers and can promise that they won’t be disappointed with the new cufflink designs they have on display! Basel will be a fantastic opportunity to come and see these all together, in one place.’ Never ones to shy away from a celebration, Deakin & Francis have partnered up with Chase Distillery to offer visitors to their stand a choice of classic British cocktails – all served from their stand. Chase Distillery are a family owned, British single estate distillery who have been producing fine spirits from their very own farm since 2008. Using a bespoke, hand-crafted cooper batch pot, every bottle is filled and sealed by hand. Supporting British Brands, Chase Distillery is the perfect complement to Deakin & Francis. Come along and see their latest collections being unveiled, be given an exclusive sneak preview of future product launches and join Henry and James for a complementary cocktail – Deakin & Francis at Baselworld – Hall 2.1, Stand L30.



Ruth Hallows, a mature student currently studying for a Higher National Diploma in Jewellery and Silversmithing at the School of Jewellery (BCU) has won an annual design competition for students organised by the Birmingham-based casting house, 3D printing and bespoke manufacturing company Weston Beamor. Her win was announced by Patrick Fuller, chairman of Weston Beamor, on the company’s stand at the Jewellery & Watch Show Birmingham. Presenting Hallows with her prize (a cheque for £500 and a week of work experience with Weston Beamor) Fuller said that he felt this year’s designs, which were for a halo engagement ring and a fitted wedding band to sit alongside it, had been particularly strong and congratulated, not simply Hallow but all those who had taken part in the competition. “There were some wonderful designs with real excitement and energy,” he said. Addressing the many BCU students who attended the prize-giving Fuller stressed the very varied opportunities which a career in the jewellery industry offers, saying: “We at Weston Beamor are always happy to work with students like you because it is you who are the future of our industry.” Fuller had particular praise for Hallows’ ‘Celestial’ rings in platinum and yellow gold, which he said were ‘very unusual and innovative’. The rings were inspired by the night sky, stars and constellations. Hallows, whose comes from Darlington and who previously worked in graphic design and retailing before turning her hand to jewellery, is no stranger to success having won a prize during her first year at BCU to have one of her designs manufactured and sold by Argos. She says that her dream, having first achieved a BA degree, is to establish her own jewellery collection. The runners up in the competition were Bethany Ross, who came second and Sarah Shiau who was

third. They win £250 and £100 respectively and receive a week of work experience at Weston Beamor. Speaking on behalf of the School of Jewellery, Course Director, Jo Pond, said she would like to thank Glen Day, Ed Hole and Anousca Hume from Weston Beamor who were closely involved with the competition and in bringing the winners’ ring designs to reality. “We very much value our links with Weston Beamor and know that our students learn a great deal about how a large, commercial jewellery business operates,” she said.


Ruth Hallows Wins Weston Beamor’s Student Design Competition

Ruth Hallows wears her winning ‘Celestial’ wedding and engagement ring set.

Patrick Fuller with Bethany Ross (left) Ruth Hallows centre and Sarah Shiau (right)

Partial Building Collapse In the gales of the 23rd February the roof and front wall of the building in the corner of Hylton Street came crashing down (caught on CCTV). Fortunately, no-one was hurt. This building has been derelict after a fire many years ago, and no planning agreement could be found regarding rebuilding it - so perhaps something will now be done?

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Retailers Say ‘I do’ to Domino’s New Wedding Bands

Following its launch in February, Domino Jewellery has reported strong and positive feedback from retailers to its newly launched wedding ring collection. “I am pleased to say that our new wedding ring range has been very well received across the board, although, as we expected, retailers seem to particularly like our new decorative diamonds bands and our much-expanded range of ‘Finishing Touches’” says Domino’s sales and marketing director, Andrew Sollitt. “Finishing Touches’ now offers consumers a choice of 39 bespoke patterns and textures which can be applied to a variety of profiles and band widths for both men and women. These include everything from satin finishes, to a feather look, and sparkle cut designs to provide the illusion of diamonds”. The new collection which is ‘Created & Crafted’ entirely in the company’s award-winning ‘Wedding Ring Cell’ in Birmingham also offers unbeatable delivery times. Stock items can be delivered within 24-48 hours and special orders within 10 days. It is backed

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by an attractive, consumer-facing brochure on the theme of a photo album reflecting memories of a couple’s big day. The many lifestyle shots within this are already being snapped up by Domino stockists to use for their own promotional purposes. Domino has also recently announced the launch of ‘Platinum Gold’, a brand-new alloy, which is exclusive to the company in the UK. Platinum Gold mixes platinum with gold, rather than with other platinum

group metals, to create a brilliantly white alloy which is strong, malleable and 97.3% pure. The company is now producing all its platinum wedding bands in this metal which it believes provides retailers with a real point of difference within the bridal market. “The reaction of retailers, not simply to our new designs and to Platinum Gold, but also to our complete bridal jewellery package and the services which support it, makes us optimistic for further growth in 2017,” says Sollitt



Record Sale for Fellows At a recent auction held by Fellows, a Chinese Porcelain Wuca Fish vase which was expected to fetch between £1,200/£1,800 went under the hammer for £810.00.

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Swirling Clouds and Crashing Waves Inspiration for the NEW Summer Haze Cufflink Collection A fusion of organic fresh tones brings Deakin & Francis’s new ‘Summer Haze Cufflink Collection’ to life this season. Capturing the hazy skies of the beautiful British summer and the crashing waves of a sandy beach, the collection is inspired by the palette of a quintessentially British summer. A blend of deeper green and grey tones are perfectly complemented with a selection of lighter, brighter shades of pastel blue and lustrous silver to capture the essence of summer. James Deakin, Creative Director, says: “Inspiration is everywhere, it’s all around me, and you can find it when you least expect it. For our latest

offering, I found inspiration from English painter, John Constable’s 1822 ‘Cloud Study.’ The sky is a ‘playground for human imagination, where we can see several forms and shapes. The stunning colours, movements and textures of swirling English skies have always fascinated me and I really wanted these cufflinks to capture the essence of a hazy, summer sky. Beautifully hand-enamelled in this season’s colours, the organic and natural lines allow the vitreous enamel to show off its density, texture, tone and brightness. They are truly stunning, and, just like a real summer’s sky, as the light changes on these cufflinks you will see different tones shimmer and shine.” Each of the six-colour’s sit harmoniously within a classic, round sterling silver setting with a domed oval spring link fitting to offer wearers a timeless, elegant look. The iconic British brand offers an unrivalled selection of quality, handmade cufflinks and accessories and their latest offering is a perfect example of their exquisite craftsmanship and quality. Available to pre-order today – with a trade price £80 / RRP £195

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In January this year Platnauers, who have occupied a factory on the Hamstead Industrial Estate in Great Barr (Nuvo House) for many years, moved into a two storey building near to the Birmingham Assay Office in Moreton Street. Their new address is 48 Carver Street.

A Birmingham Lady Mayor after 40 Years The next Mayor of Birmingham will be a woman Conservative councillor, the first time in forty years, the previous one being Freda Cocks in 1977/1. Councillor Anne Underwood, who has represented Sutton Four Oaks for the Tories since 1982 will take over the ceremonial role in May 2017.

(Editor’s Note: In 1971 Marjorie Brown was elected as Birmingham Lord Mayor and I was Secretary to the Lord Mayor’s Procession Committee, organised by the Junior Chamber of Commerce - Henry Cooper (the boxer) was guest of honour. In the 1960/70s The Lord Mayor’s Procession was a massive affair and took twelve months to organise and all streets leading up to the Town Hall were filled with dozens of floats and bands, including horses from the Birmingham School of Equitation and the Mounted Police. - we held a competition for ‘Miss Birmingham Lord Mayor’s Procession’ at the Opposite Lock Club. The Jewellery Quarter supported the event by advertising in the Programme: The Birmingham Mint (Icknield Street) ‘Coin Metal Products by the Million’ and Ashton & Moore Ltd (Legge Lane) - both companies now gone. Jones & Palmer provided facilities for the Organiser’s Office. The theme of the Procession that year (1971) was ‘Forward into Europe’ to celebrate our entry into the European Community and each float was designed with that in mind. The foreword was written by Ted Heath (Prime Minister) who wrote: “We are now at the beginning of an exciting new chapter in Britain’s history” - but now face Brexit 46 years later! Marie Haddleton March 2017

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Inhorgenta Munich 2017:

More Exhibitors, More Visitors and a Successful Award Premiere For four days, Inhorgenta Munich 2017 has been the International meeting place of the jewellery and watch industry. About 27,500 trade visitors from over 70 countries were in Munich from February 18 to 21 – these are five percent more than in 2016. As a highlight, the Inhorgenta Award celebrated its successful premiere. The international order and communication platform for the jewellery and watch industry is growing. This can be proven in two respects at once. With 987 exhibitors from 40 countries, about five percent more exhibitors have participated in the trade show this year. Likewise, the number of trade visitors has risen by five percent to 27,500. Klaus Dietrich, Chairman and CEO of Messe München, about the course of the trade show: “The positive mood could be noticed in all halls among the exhibitors and visitors. This is confirmed by the first evaluation of the exhibitor and visitor survey. The values have further improved in all points. We can all be satisfied with the result.”

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The positive conclusion for this year’s edition has also prevailed among the exhibitors. “Inhorgenta Munich is the ideal kick-off into the new business year for us – the event enjoys high priority within our company,” states Matthias Stotz, Managing Director of Junghans; and Jörg Gellner, CEO of the jewellery manufacturer of the same name finds: “As a platform for professional exchange, inspiration and personal interaction, Inhorgenta Munich is an important annual milestone for us. We look forward to participating next year again.” Alexander Kuster, Leonardo Sales Management, was equally satisfied: “We regard our return to Inhorgenta Munich – after a short timeout – as the absolutely right decision, which is proven by the very good feedback we have received from our customers.” The premiere of the new Inhorgenta Award has been highly successful. The prize was presented at a grand gala before more than 450 invited guests at the Postpalast München. The following well-known personalities were members of the jury panel: Anja Heiden, (management member of Wempe), Gisbert Brunner (watch expert), Prof. Christine Lüdeke (Pforzheim University of Applied Sciences), Julia Katharina Hettich (journalist), the two top models Franziska Knuppe and Shermine Shahrivar as well as the fashion designer Michael Michal-

sky. The star designer, who had come directly from Los Angeles from the shootings for Heidi Klum’s “Germany’s Next Top Model”, said: “I do not only find this award great, but also long overdue. This industry indeed deserves such an accolade.” In total, more than 100 high-quality applications had been received so that the jury did not exactly find it easy to decide on the winners. The jewellery shows, at which models presented selected jewellery of the exhibitors on the catwalk, equally stirred up enthusiasm. On the first day of the trade show, they started with a fantastic opening before fully occupied seat rows. However, Inhorgenta Munich 2017 also offered abundant input for daily business in the jewellery and watch sector. This was guaranteed by the attractive Seminar Programme, one of the focal points of which was digitalization. As a highlight, Jeremy Abbett, Google evangelist over many years, gave a lecture on the ‘Store of the future’. Towards the end of the trade show, young professionals had the opportunity to become more closely acquainted with the industry through interesting workshops and lectures, and to get directly in touch with experts. The award ceremony for the ‘Golden Balance Wheel, in which Inhorgenta Munich participates for the first time as a partner, took place at the closing of the trade show on the evening of February 21. For nearly two decades, the readers of Uhren-Magazin,, Focus and Focus Online have selected the ‘world’s best watches’ annually. Next year, Inhorgenta Munich will return to its usual rhythm from Friday to Monday. It will be held from February 16 to 19, 2018. Messe CEO Klaus Dittrich looks ahead with optimism: “Inhorgenta Munich has shown the potential of this industry. I am convinced that this year’s event will provide the jewellery and watch sector with vital growth impulses and thus ultimately breathes life into our claim: ‘Individual, Inspiring, Innovative.’”


Goldsmths’ Craft & Design Council 2017 Judges Line-up The Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council has concluded three weeks of successful judging for its 2017 Awards, with an illustrious line-up of industry experts helping to select this year’s winners. Featuring over 100 judges, deliberations for the Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council Awards drew from the knowledge of celebrated designers, makers, retailers and experts across jewellery, silversmithing and the allied trades. Among new judges involved in the 2017 Awards were Liz Olver, design director at Annoushka, Julia Clarke of award-wining retailer Hester Clarke, and notable winner from the 2016 Awards, designer John Moore. British jeweller Shaun Leane was also handpicked to judge during the 2017 awards, setting the brief and judging this year’s Fashion Jewellery category, sponsored by QVC. In his brief, Leane asked entrants to design a piece of contemporary jewellery that ‘Explores and complements an unconventional area of the body with a contrast of materials to make the piece unique’. Speaking of his involvement, Shaun Leane said: “It was an honour to set the brief for one of the

2017 Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council Awards. It gave me an opportunity to reflect on how I approached my designs for Alexander McQueen and it was interesting to see how the new generation approach their own concepts with this brief. The results were outstanding.” Liz Olver, design director at British fine jeweller Annoushka, also spoke about her positive experience judging this year’s entrants: “In my previous role as Senior Lecturer at Central Saint Martins I was immersed in a world of creativity, so judging the Awards was a much-anticipated delight for me. The Goldsmiths’ Awards support and encourage creativity so that it is both recognised, then nurtured and nourished.” Over 550 pieces were entered into this year’s Awards, across a total of 24 categories and the Awards’ highly respected Premier, Major and Special Awards, which include the esteemed Jacques Cartier Memorial Awards, supported by Cartier. Julie Clarke, managing director of retailer Hester Clarke, has been a supporter of the Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council Awards for over 25 years, witnessing the evolution of entrants and winning designs during that time. Speaking of her involvement as a judge this year, she said: “I think it’s vitally important to recognise excellence within our industry and I particularly like that the awards are not just given to the best of those entered, but only if the appropriate standard

has actually been reached, thus ensuring only real quality is awarded. I was delighted be part of this process and enjoyed being able to handle and inspect the entries close up.” Having scooped the coveted Goldsmiths’ Company Award in 2016, designer John Moore was welcomed to the judging panel for 2017, following a whirlwind year exhibiting his work at shows in both the UK and overseas. He said of his involvement: “As an entrant in previous years to the GCDC Awards I’ve always wanted to be a fly on the wall, so I was thrilled to be involved in judging this year’s competition. I have always held the GCDC Awards in the highest regard, and the positive impact it has had on my career has been invaluable. It’s vital for awards such as this to exist and inspire future generations of makers by visibly flying the creative flag. I am proud and hugely honoured to be part of this.” This year’s winning designs will be revealed at a dazzling awards ceremony at Goldsmiths’ Hall on Monday February 27th, hosted by the Council and presented by jewellery expert Joanna Hardy. With more than 300 guests expected to attend, the Awards retains its position as the ‘Jewellery Oscars’ of the UK. The Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council, which runs the competition, actively encourages crafts persons, designers, apprentices and students to enter their work in these highly respected annual awards. March 2017

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Story of Education in the Jewellery Quarter and Hockley Part 2 By Marie & Mark Haddleton - YBA Publications

1870 Education became compulsory with the passing of the Education Act in 1870.

1871+ Girls School 94-100 Spencer Street JQ History & Guide 2

The Plantagenet Building in Spencer Street - a very ornate building once owned by Richard Kent, at one time housed a School for Girls and it is reputed that the building is haunted, because sometimes, when the building is quiet, the giggling of young girls can be heard!

1883 Icknield Street Board School Icknield Street School was opened in 1883. It was designed by the architects Martin and Chamberlain for the Birmingham School Board. The school was fully extended by 1894 and was converted into a modern secondary school in 1945. When the school closed, it was taken over in 2009 by the Ashram Centre.

1888 The School of Jewellery and Silversmithing JQ History & Guide 2

The growth of the jewellery trade in the late 19th century created a demand for technical education in the craft, and in 1888 the Birmingham Jewellers’ and Silversmiths’ Association and the Municipal School of Art began classes at the Ellen Street School to the west of the Quarter. The Association paid half of a student’s fees; the other half was usually met by the individual’s employer. By the end of the following year, the demand for places was such that it was decided to acquire larger premises in

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the Quarter and convert them to a jewellery school. The building selected for conversion was the manufactory in the Venetian Gothic style of William Randel, goldsmith, at Nos 84-86 Vittoria Street which was acquired on a 30-year lease. This purpose-built manufactory had been erected in about 1865 in red brick on the former rear garden of No. 30 Frederick Street, possibly to designs by J G Bland, the architect of the Albert Works on the corner of Legge Lane and Frederick

Street. The building’s central location in the Quarter and its attractive facade were clearly the main reasons for the choice of Randel’s factory for conversion into the new school, the City Council’s Museum and School of Art Committee stating that ‘its exterior is most presentable’. The committee reported that the building could be acquired for £1,500 and converted for an additional £2,000 to take between 200 and 250 students. In 1890, plans for the conversion of the

1935 (TID) Trade Instruction Dept. & LES) Lucas Engineering School

building were prepared by Martin and Chamberlain, and the works carried out by Sapcote and Son. A

In 1935 Joseph Lucas started their own training/apprenticeship school on the ground floor of the Great Hampton Street works. Students/apprentices had to pass an entry examination and the majority of the students were from Handsworth Technical School. The scheme meant that the company always had a ready-skilled team to pick from as vacancies occurred in their workshops.

1980s The School of Food & Tourism.

TRAINING COURSES 1984 - Action Resource Centre Hockley Flyer No 1 1984 By 1984 Action Resource Centre, a National Charity, had been running an office at 29 Hylton Street for nearly two years, assisting youngsters and the local employers to get together by co-ordinating the previous Work Experience scheme. Over 80% of young people trained got jobs! Action Resource Centre became the managing agents for the Manpower Services Commission on the Youth Training Scheme where the trainees were paid an allowance.

1986 O’Neil School of Hairdressing Hockley Flyer No 30 1986 The O’Neil School of Hairdressing was opened in 1986 in The Argent Centre for JTS students, sponsored by the MSC. Anyone who had been unemployed for six months and signing-on could apply.

1987 Computer Training Services Hockley Flyer No.1 1984 Computer Training Services offered courses on Word Processing, Basic Programming, Office Procedure etc. and were based at 2 Warstone Parade East.

1989 The Bellis Centre The Bellis Centre situated in Suite 101F, in The Argent Centre. The college provides high quality Apprenticeship/ Traineeship courses in Business Administration, Hotel and Catering Services, Customer Services, Warehousing and Retail Sections.

This school was situated on Summer Hill and the pupils from the school carried out several surveys of the Jewellery Quarter in the 1992 Princes Trust Training Hockley Flyer No 84 1992 1980/1990s with a view to introducThe Training and Employment Division of The Prince’s ing Tourism into the area.

1991 Moderntec Music School Hockley Flyer No.77 1991

third storey, designed by Cossins, Peacock and Bewlay, was added to the street range in 1906. In 1993 the School was extended to the south by the construction of a tall new block on the site of old electroplate and tinplate workshops (Charles Jennens Ltd). The architects were Associated Architects. of St Paul’s Square. The new school included teaching rooms, workshops, a refractory social space and an exhibition hall which could also be used by the trade. On the 9th November 1993, a topping out ceremony took place and the school re-opened in 1994.

1900s Between the two World Wars several Council schools were built, such as Burberry Street and Farm Street

With a massive increase in the sale of electronic keyboards at this time, the Moderntec Music School at 56 Great Hampton Street was meant to help individuals get the best out of their keyboards to achieve creative objectives in both music and singing careers.

2015 Perry Beeches Academies Perry Beeches Academies started to move into the Jewellery Quarter in 2015, relocating from Great Barr. Perry Beeches 1 - Beeches Road, Great Barr. Perry Beeches II - (Old Severn Trent Water building) Newhall Street, Jewellery Quarter Perry Beeches III - B15 - Lee Bank (towards Five Ways) Perry Beeches IV - (Old Swan Kettles’ building) St. Georges Court, Albion Street, Jewellery Quarter

Trust moved into The Jewellery Business Centre in Spencer Street in 1992.They offered advice and training to not only set-up-on-your-own businesses, but also gave support after they have started trading. Anyone between 18 and 60 who wished to become self-employed could get this training and assistance free of charge.

1992 Abbey College Abbey College is an independent 6th Form College for students who are preparing for ‘A’ levels or studying International Business Foundation Programmes. Abbey College is situated in St Paul’s Square. 2001 The Training Quarter Hockley Flyer No 197 2001 ‘The Training Quarter’ was launched on 9th November 2001 as a new training initiative which specialised in IT training, situated in The Big Peg. The Chairman of Advantage West Midlands opened the ceremony and presented a plaque to commemorate the event. Cllr Andy Howell commented that: “The Jewellery Quarter is inhabited with ‘fleas’ as opposed to ‘elephants’ in the context of size of businesses, but he did stress that ‘fleas’ are as important to the economy as ‘elephants’.

2015 Holts Academy 2017 Name changed to British Academy of Jewellery. They are specialist training providers for the jewellery sector and are located in Moreton Street in The Jewellery Quarter. Charities and Specialist Schools 2000 Birmingham Rathbone Society 2016 Argent College in The Standard Works

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but by this time the slum clearance scheme had reduced the number of children in the area and they closed. Marie Haddleton and her eldest brother (Ivor) attended these schools. Ron (Smudge) Smith. the author, artist and historian) went to Burberry Street School.


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Exhibitions  MARCH


First launched in 2015, this exhibition celebrates photographic artwork by emerging and established photographers. This year’s prizes include: The RBSA First Prize – £1,000 cash prize, The RBSA Exhibition Prize – solo show in the RBSA’s, ground floor gallery in 2018, The People’s Prize – selected by votes placed by visitors to the exhibition, Ag Photographic Prize – £100 worth of photographic printing at their laboratory in Bimringham, Grain Portfolio Review – review for emerging professional, photographers supported by Grain Photography Hub.


A selection of artwork by the Members, Associates, and guest artists delivering this year’s Winter and Summer Workshops.


Stroll through the woods at the RBSA Gallery and discover what lies amongst the trees. An exhibition alive with the botanical wonders of the forest, ‘Into The Woods’ showcases ceramics, jewellery and textiles inspired by the flora and fauna of Britain’s woodlands. Work on display includes textural ceramics, jewellery inspired by insects, floral textiles and much more, so there is sure to be something for every taste.


Mathé Shepheard RBSA. These landscapes in watercolour and mixed media cover a variety of subjects, some close to the view which inspired them, others more developed or purely imaginary. Solo Show


Gillian Lockwood RBSA. A selection of Gillian’s very popular and charming porcelain vessels, each populated with detailed figures of people and animals. Solo Show

On Now - 06 May CONTRASTS

Thomas Ashby RBSA. An exhibition of paintings contrasting the dramatic shoreline of South West Cork (Sherkin Island), with the gentle and lush landscape around the village of Tysoe, Warwickshire. Solo Show

16 - 08 Apr OPEN ALL MEDIA 2017

As part of our charitable work to support artists the RBSA stages various ‘Open’ exhibitions annually. The ‘Open all Media’* is one of the most popular and attracts entries from across the UK. It provides artists with the opportunity to exhibit their work, whether it is 2D or 3D, and the chance to be awarded for their talent. Works including jewellery, ceramics, textiles as well as drawing, painting and printmaking are all welcome entries. Sponsored by Fresh: Art Fair.


Derek Williams RBSA FRSA (1932 - 2009). Derek was a highly gifted and skilled painter who captured the spirit of the moment and brought his subjects to life. He had many solo exhibitions, displaying his work in prestigious Galleries across the country and wider world.


Peter Wareing RBSA. Colourful pottery illustrated with images that are based on found objects and arranged as though left by the wind and the tide. The compositions create narratives that can be interpreted in a variety of ways. Free associated event - Don’t miss Peter’s demonstration on Saturday 22 April.

 APRIL 10 - 22 CANDIDATES 2017

A showcase of the best work by artists nominated for election to Associate or Member of the RBSA. See the future of the

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Society in the making! A number of artworks by Associates nominated for full Membership are available to browse and buy in our online store.


A range ofhigh quality fine art textile practice that offers a different perspective on the medium of fabric and thread to demonstrate the vitality of contemporary stitched textiles. Don’t miss Prism’s demonstrations on Saturday 6 and Tuesday 9 May.

Demonstrations  MARCH


@ 11.00am - 1.00pm, 2.00 - 4.00pm. If you’ve ever wondered how portrait artists capture a likeness of their subject, now’s your opportunity to see it happen! David Walton will share his skills in this demonstration. Free, drop-in session, no need to book


@ 11.00am - 1.00pm, 2.00 - 4.00pm. Get your name handwritten in beautiful calligraphy by RBSA Member, Brian Fletcher. Perfect for those looking for a unique and personal gift. Free, drop-in session, no need to book. Suggested donation: £5


@ 11.00am - 1.00pm, 2.00 - 4.00pm. Alex will demonstrate his approach to observational realism by painting directly from a still-life. As a new Associate, he will also offer advice to artists interested in applying for nomination. Free, drop-in session, no need to book / Booking advisable


@ 11.00am - 1.00pm, 2.00 - 4.00pm. Peter will demonstrate the techniques and processes he uses to make his detailed ceramic works. Free, drop-in session, no need to book

Auctions  MARCH


@ 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 jewellery and watches at Fellows Auctioneers

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@ 10:00 am - An auction of watches and watch parts at Fellows Auctioneers


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


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


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


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


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


@ 12:00 pm - Sale of gemstones at Fellows Auctioneers


@ 11:00 am - An auction of Designer items at Fellows Auctioneers @ 12:00 am - An auction of watches at Fellows Auctioneers


15 Martin Turner’s WISHBONE ASH – Written in the Stars Tour

@ St Paul’s Church. Featuring full 45th anniversary performance of Wishbone Ash’s classic 1972 ARGUS album…. plus more


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.


@ St Paul’s Church. “Vibrant and edgy as ever. Sonja Kristina, the original prog diva is still as charismatic as ever. Tthat signature voice is still as smoky and seductive as ever as she spins around the stage around her excellent musicians. Only drummer Florian Pilkington-Miksa is from the original line-up but she has found some stunning new instrumentalists especially laid-back guitarist Kit Morgan whose fluent runs so complement the material mostly drawn from the early days.


Nanna Radleys are a professional six piece band playing up-beat Soul, Funk, R’n’B, and Motown, fronted by two female sisters who can really bring the house down! And such a range too; from old favourites from the like of Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, and the Isley Brothers to current hits from such as Cee Lo Green, Pharrell Williams, Jess Glynn, and others



Trade Fairs

evening of cool lounge classics, featuring the likes of Nina Simone, Norah Jones, Ruby Turner, Carole King & many more



Baselworld is the most important marketplace and trendsetting show for the world’s watch and jewellery industry. Baselworld distinguishes itself as the only show that regroups all the key players from watchmakers to jewellers, from diamonds, pearls and gemstones dealers through to machines and supply industry.

Live Entertainment  MARCH

10 & 11 SOLID SOUL

Soul Greats from this talented group of musicians always a popular choice at the Jam House - featuring classic James Brown, Motown, and even Hendrix & Kravitz.


Iconic Liverpool band The Real People make a rare trip down to Birmingham playing a selection of career classics (Window Pane, Open Up Your Mind, People In The Telly etc.) The band bring their live show to Brum for the first time in over a decade. Support comes local hero and Dodgy frontman Nigel Clark


Vocalist Cath Nightingale with Oz McGowan on piano bring you an

St Pauls church is proud to present an evening in concert featuring Sarah Jane Morris and Antonio Forcione Show starts 20.00 (no support)


@ 8:00pm - 10:00pm. Musicals Discovered II is about hearing and enjoying songs that deserve a wider audience. Performed by the Night Project Theatre Ensemble, they invite you to enjoy a relaxed cabaret evening in the bar of the Blue Orange Theatre. Tickets: £10/£8


The SUBS rock the Jam House on every visit with their powerful selection of Massive Rock Anthems from the likes of U2, the Stones, Queen, and even the Kaiser Chiefs!

18 BGSO – A Bohemian Symphony

@ St Paul’s Church. Dvorák’s Eighth Symphony sparkles with spring joy and beams Bohemian brilliance, but first Sibelius’ Finlandia blows away the Winter cobwebs and his Karelia Suite brims with tunes you’ll hum all year. Concert starts at 3pm


Anthony Marsden, an Irish vocalist and Birmingham Conservatoire graduate, has a style influenced from artists such as Donny Hathaway, Amy Winehouse and Ray Charles, whilst still firmly rooted in the jazz tradition. Tonight’s repertoire will feature some of Anthony’s highly original and contemporary compositions and a selection from the Great American Songbook, with new and surprising arrangements.


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own well-crafted, and often powerful songs. Her acoustic style is complemented by a strong, soulful voice which has led to comparisons with Joan Baez.

23 A tribute to ... TINA TURNER

Don’t miss this evening of sophisticated entertainment celebrating the The Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll ... Miss Tina Turner. With unique arrangements from keyboardist, Stuart Trotman, and the extraordinary vocal style of Tasita, this fabulous band will take you on a tour of the best known tunes from one the most influential performers of the 20th Century.


@ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm. St Paul’s Church. Programme: J.C.Bach - Oboe Quartet in B, Britten - Phantasy Quartet, Arnold - Oboe Quartet. Musicians: Oboe • Rose Livsey-Barnes, Violin • Jeffrey Armstrong, Viola • Yue Yu, Cello • Victoria Groves.


For many people the road to love may not have been easy, but in this brutally honest, modern musical comedy, it has also never been so hilarious! From first dates to best mates, couple fights to swiping right, wedding bells to in-law hell, this show takes you on a jolly jaunt through the dating landscape of 2017! £14 /£11 various times.

24 & 25 B’SPOKE

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


Presenting: Richard Barbieri (Japan/Rain Tree Crow/Porcupine Tree). With Very Special Guest GRICE, Richard Barbieri will play live and will be supported by GRICE as part of a ‘double bill’ Two performances: Doors 1.30 pm, Curfew 5.00 pm, Doors 6.30 pm, Curfew 10.00 pm. Tickets available from:


The ‘Acoustics Sessions’ is a monthly showcase of new talent and unsigned artistes, regularly featuring touring performers as well as musicians from the local scene. To be part of this regular feature at the Jam House, all musicians should contact the Jam House on 0121 200 3030.


The incredibly talented Basil Gabbidon is a founder member and lead guitarist of the renowned STEEL PULSE, writing and performing many of their hits. GABBIDON is Basil’s band made up from many of the key players from the Reggae scene in Birmingham & the West Midlands.

30 LatinMotion presents DEL CAMINO

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


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


For fans of Ocean Colour Scene, The Beatles, Paul Weller, Small Faces & The Who. With the emphasis on great vocal’s, harmonies and a feelgood vibe., they have a tight backline and an Alluring Inspiring Front Line. Special guests… The institutes:


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

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New band, Honky Tonk Rose, have come together to recreate and reinvent some classic and modern country songs celebrating their favourite subjects of heartbreak, drinking and trucking. Award winning vocalist, Holly Hewitt, with fellow musicians, Horace Panter, Rick Medlock, Big Jim Widdop, David Page and Malc Evans, play songs from the likes of Hank Williams, Merle Haggard, Vince Gill, The Dixie Chicks, Junior Brown and Kacey Musgraves


Already a successful gospel vocalist and a fixture in Chicago’s club circuit, Kym Mazelle broke into Europe on the House Music wave of the late ‘Eighties. Collaborations with International DJs & producers at the time, found her chart success with “Useless” (Marshall Jefferson), “Wait” (Dr Robert), & “Missing You” (Soul II Soul) during this time. Along with her solo recording and club work through the ‘Nineties, Kym was especially well known for her cover of “Young Hearts Run Free”, as soundtrack for the Baz Luhrmann film, “Romeo + Juliet”.

07 & 08 Mr BEN

This entertaining & energetic four piece plays a terrific range of classic and contemporary rock anthems from the likes of the Police & Proclaimers to Stereophonics & Snow Patrol.

11 BRUM RADIO Birthday Bash

As part of their 1st Anniversary celebrations, BrumRadio bring their Big Night Out to the Jam House with an acoustic show of some of the best of today’s local musical talent. Presented by BrumRadio DJs, the line up includes: Tom Walker Trio, The Gypsy Disco Zombie Vampires from Hell, This is Elektric, Mystery Megastar Number Two, Hannah Brown, Ben Drummond, and Elle Chante


@ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm. Journey back to the days of steam, where untold menace could be found lurking in the tunnels, set to leap out of the darkness to ensnare the unwary! An original stage adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “The Signal-Man” and other tales of menace and melodrama are the bill of fare on offer to those brave enough to join us. Acclaimed actor Jonathan Goodwin writes and performs, in an original stage show directed by Gary Archer. This performance will take place at the Coffin Works, in one of its heritage spaces. It’s advisable to wear coats as rooms can be chilly. No food or drink allowed.

Networking  MARCH


@ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm. If you work in the Commercial Property Market why not join us for lunch at St Paul’s Club. St Paul’s Club is a 154 year old club based in the heart of Birmingham in a wonderful Georgian House in St Paul’s Square. A hidden gem! Tickets are £20 (plus Eventbrite fee) each which includes a 2 course lunch and drink at the table.


@ 6.30pm.Come join us upstairs at 1000 Trades in the JQ in Birmingham for the Code Club social and meetup with an evening of conversation, talks and demos. Our meetups are a fun, friendly and relaxed gathering for educators, techies, teachers, community leaders, hosts, volunteers and anyone else.


@ 4.30pm - 6:30pm. Come along to our informal networking event at 1000 Trades Neighbourhood Bar & Kitchen and chat with ambitious businesses like yours. Guest speakers every month. We look forward to you joining us for a catch-up. In conjunction with GetSet for Growth and Arkade Property.


@ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm. If you work in the Commercial Property Market why not join us for lunch at St Paul’s Club. St Paul’s Club is a 154 year old club based in the heart of Birmingham in a wonderful Georgian House in St Paul’s Square. A hidden gem! Tickets are

Training & Education  MARCH


This hands on course is intended for retail staff who already have some experience of selling jewellery and precious stones. The one day course will provide an in depth understanding of diamonds improving their confidence when selling. It gives each delegate a chance to study and observe loose diamonds using a 10x loupe as in retail conditions. Delegates will gain a greater understanding of the 4 C’s and also diamond treatments, simulants and synthetics. £275 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. £275 per delegate + vat


This is a hands-on course designed for those who already have knowledge of Coloured Gemstones and will reveal the inside story about gemstone treatments. Under the expert tuition of Gwyn Green, delegates will study a range of sample stones and learn some important lessons about detecting treatments and recognising the tell-tale signs that a stone is not entirely natural. £275 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.


@1:00pm - 4:00pm. Calligraphy learning at the Pen Museum with Sheila Smith: Learning Calligraphy Sessions and Demonstrations are held in the Callicreative Room and designed for both beginners and more experienced calligraphers. Calligraphy materials can be purchased from the Museum shop but if attendees wish to bring along their own equipment they are welcome to do so. Cost to attend per adult: £2.50. Normal Museum admission charges apply to this event.


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. £225 per delegate + vat


This hands on course is intended for retail staff who already have some experience of selling jewellery and precious stones. The one day course will provide an in depth understanding of diamonds improving their confidence when selling. It gives each

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delegate a chance to study and observe loose diamonds using a 10x loupe as in retail conditions. Delegates will gain a greater understanding of the 4 C’s and also diamond treatments, simulants and synthetics. £275 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. £275 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. £275 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. £225 per delegate + vat.

Tours, Walks & Talks  MARCH


@ 5:00 pm School of Jewellery. Talking Practice is delighted to team up with the Faculty’s staff talk programme – The Exchange – to welcome David Cheeseman and John Wigley, both senior lecturers in Fine Art based at the School of Art, to give presentations on their practice.They are both graduates of the Royal College of Art and the British School in Rome and have a shared focus on materials and processes generating meaning in sculpture.


Having kindly sponsored our exhibition in December, we are pleased to be teaming up with @JQ_BID again for an instameet. It will take in some of the architectural gems of this historic area as well as a visiting some of the award-winning local businesses that make this area unique, so there will be plenty to see for new and veteran IGers. This instameet is also part of World Wide Instameet Day: this time their theme is “kindness” so this is a perfect excuse to show how much we love the JQ! Start time: 10:30am. Start point: St Paul’s Church. Note: about 2 miles in length and will last around 2-3 hours.


@ 2:00pm - 3:30pm. Join us for an exciting and informative talk about the history of Britain’s knickers! Rosemary Hawthorne aka ‘The Knicker Lady’ has been described as ‘The Joyce Grenfell of Knickers’ and as ‘…having the style and timing of pure comic genius’. £15 a ticket. Booking essential – call 0121 348 8140 to book your place now! Tea coffee and cake will be available to purchase on the day. This event is kindly sponsored by the JQ BID.


@ School of Jewellery. Talking Practice, in association with Vittoria Street Gallery and Craftspace, is delighted to present Made in the Middle: Meet the Maker. Please join us for an afternoon symposium exploring the routes into business for new and more established craftspeople, and an evening soiree in the company of the Made in the Middle exhibitors over a glass of wine. Symposium: 2.00pm - 4.30pm, Soiree: 5.00pm -7.00pm.

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Birthstones for April is Diamonds

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.

The Diamond holds significant meaning for those born in April as it signifies ‘Eternal Love’. The Diamond is thought to be one of the hardest substances on earth and dates back billions of years. The name ‘Diamond’ is derived from the Greek word ‘Adamas’

Diamonds Myths & Legends: • In ancient times it was believed that lightning bolts formed Diamonds, and others believed that Diamonds were the tears of God. • In the middle ages, Diamonds were thought to have healing powers and to cure ailments stemming from the pituitary gland and brain, and that by heating the crystal and taking it to bed, it would draw out the harmful toxins.

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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 2017/01760/PA Land fronting George Street & Holland Street Jewellery Quarter City Centre Birmingham B3 1QQ. Demolition of 21 George Street and redevelopment of site to comprise the erection of a new four storey University building (Use Class D1) with ancillary uses: offices (Use Class B1), health facility (Use Class D1), exhibition space (Use Class D1) and gym (Use Class D2) plus 158 space multi-storey car park, access, surface parking, landscaping and external alterations to McIntyre House. 27-02-2017 2017/01705/PA 41-42 Tenby Street North Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B1 3EG. Minor Material Amendment to approval 2016/07913/PA to relocate refuse store, remove a staircase at the western side of the building, provide a concierge office, provide increased parking provision and provide steel link at 2nd and 3rd floors between proposed wings. 24-02-2017 2017/01626/PA 55 Regent Place Hockley Birmingham B1 3NJ. Minor material amendment to planning approval 2011/02781/PA to include additional floor space at third floor level within the roof void. 21-02-2017 2017/01394/PA 32 Regent Place City Centre Birmingham B1 3NJ. Non-Material Amendment to approval 2016/01938/PA for amendment to the design of approved internal raised walkway and glazed infill roof. 15-02-2017 2017/01353/PA 32 Regent Place City Centre Birmingham B1 3NJ. Listed Building Consent for amendment to the design of approved internal raised walkway and glazed infill roof. 14-02-2017 2017/00887/PA 2-4 Summer Hill Terrace Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B1 3CA. Listed Building Consent for a change of use of commercial offices (Use class B1) into ten 1 no. and 2 no. bedroom apartments (Use class C3). 31-01-2017

Awaiting Decision 2017/00400/PA 12 St Paul’s Square

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Planning Applications and Decisions for the Jewellery Quarter.

Birmingham B3 1RB. Listed Building Consent for internal alterations. 17-012017 2017/00204/PA Former Kettleworks Land Bound By Icknield Street/Pope Street/Camden Street Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B1 3AG. Variation Of Condition number 1 (minor amendment to a p p r ove d d raw i n g s ) o f a p p r ova l 2016/00413/PA to accommodate 1 additional residential unit and variation, to conditions 10 (parking Area), 16 (CCTV) and 18 (air quality monitoring and mitigation) to allow details to be submitted prior to occupation. 11-01-2017 2017/00002/PA Land at Sloane Street, Camden Street, Camden Drive, Camden Grove & Legge Lane Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B1 3BX. Redevelopment of site to include selective demolition of existing buildings, refurbishment and alterations to retained buildings, erection of new build to provide 136 dwellings and associated works. 03-01-201 2016/09339/PA 156 Warstone Lane Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B18 6NT. Listed building consent for change of use, internal and external alterations and erection of three storey rear extensions to form 14 no. apartments. 07-11-2016 2016/09257/PA 70 Constitution Hill Birmingham B19 3JT. Application for a certificate of lawfulness for confirmation that planning permission 2013/00361/PA has been lawfully implemented. 07-112016 2016/09245/PA 156 Warstone Lane Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B18 6NT. Change of use, extensions, alterations and limited demolition and ancillary development to form 14 no. apartments. 07-11-2016 2016/07205/PA Land fronting Pemberton Street Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B18 6NY. Erection of 8 no. residential dwelling houses and associated works. 24-08-2016 2016/07066/PA Livery Street Birmingham B3 2BH. Display of LCD freestanding screen. 17-08-2016

New Decisions 2016/10664/PA 2 Newhall Square Birmingham B3 1RU. Listed Building Consent for the extension of existing mezzanine and other internal alterations. Final Decision - Approve subject to Condition 2016/10636/PA 51 Vittoria Street Hockley Birmingham B1 3NU. Listed Building Consent for the change of use of first and second vacant floors (Use Sui Generis) to create 2 no. residential self contained flats (Use class C3), external works, installation of replacement windows and

hip to gable roof extension to side. Final Decision - Refuse 2016/10548/PA 51 Vittoria Street Hockley Birmingham B1 3NU. Change of use of first and second vacant floors (Use Sui Generis) to create 2 no. residential self contained flats (Use class C3), external works, installation of replacement windows and hip to gable roof extension to side. Final Decision - Refuse 2016/10374/PA 28 Carver Street Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B1 3AS. Demolition of existing building Final Decision Refuse 2016/10156/PA 155 Warstone Lane Hockley Birmingham B18 6NZ. Variation of condition 6 attached to approval 2016/03276/PA to allow amendments to approved plans including revisions to the roof design to provide additional living accommodation for unit 4 at 2nd floor level. Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions 2016/10085/PA 56 Caroline Street Hockley Birmingham B3 1UF. Change of use to car park (Use class Sui Generis). Final Decision - Refuse 2016/09816/PA 27 Tenby Street City Centre Birmingham B1 3EE. Change of use and conversion of existing workshop to form 4 live/work units. Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions 2016/09045/PA Regent House 50 Frederick Street The Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B1 3HR. Conversion of upper floors from office to residential, alterations to existing elevations and rooftop extension to provide fifth floor (11 apartments in total - 5 x 2 bed and 6 x 1 bed). Final Decision - Refuse

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.

You must register any objections to the above applications online at www., or writing direct to Planning and Regeneration, Birmingham City Council, 4th Floor, 1 Lancaster Circus, Birmingham B4 7DJ, quoting the Planning Application number. Remember, there is a restriction against inappropriate housing within the Golden Triangle and the Industrial Middle - but your objections still need to be recorded!





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The 'Voice' of Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter March 2017 # 380