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19 A New Boutique Concept in Timepieces Hall 20 A New Future for ‘Jewellery & Watch’ at NEC 22 Goldsmiths’ Company to Stage UK’s Biggest Precious Metal Student Event 22 A Waste Land 23 Buy Local This Valentine’s Day 24 Robots: Innovations at Inhorgenta Munich 26 J&K Henderson to Give Away 1,000 Watches to Spring Fair Gift Buyers 34 Planning

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With a new vicar in charge, St Paul’s Church is beginning to glow with life again although sadly St Paul’s Square was a bit bleak this Christmas with no tree nor lights - apparently the Council ‘forgot’ to order any lights! The Carol service was very poorly attended and, hopefully, Christmas 2019 will see a much-increased number of people attending.


Luke has done a great job during 2018, this year, despite losing his right-hand assistant, and no doubt he will continue in this way all through 2019, We look forward to working with him again in the New Year.

De-clutter the Jewellery Quarter

Over the years and still, almost daily, signs appear either stuck on lampposts or free standing which are very often inaccurate and misleading, and some are just generally ‘rubbish clutter’ and a survey and clearance is needed. The staff of JQ Regeneration Partnership started such a survey but their time was cut short before it was concluded. On the other hand, some important new signs are needed e.g. ‘The Hive’ needs a good sign to their project, particularly from The Golden Square.

Blue/Brown Plaques

With over one hundred and twenty Grade II Listed buildings and a vast amount of detail on the important heritage of the Jewellery Quarter, there are relatively few commemorative plaques. We did start s campaign some years ago to remedy this but came to nothing. Maybe it is time to restart this campaign. One blue plaque we did manage to put in place was the house and workshop of James Watt.

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Trade Talk from around the Jewellery Quarter and more.

Domino Launches New Wedding Bands Range Domino Jewellery have launched their 2019 wedding rings collection with newness not only across the product range, but to their retailer support too. The collection features new styles within plain bands, diamond set, shaped, decorative, finishing touches and signet rings. Commenting on the 2019 range, Sales Director Andrew Sollitt said, “We canvassed a wide selection of retailers, listening to what we could do to support their sales and how we could help them generate additional growth. Our main objective with our wedding ring range is to ensure that we provide retailers with a full-service offering. Retailers can come to us for not only a wide variety of design-led products, but for services such as engraving, retailer-branded marketing support and employee training. We strongly believe that flexibility is key in providing a strong wedding ring collection, so we have developed our range to provide more availability across alloys and diamond coverage. Our new website also works seamlessly alongside our wedding ring box to make life as easy as possible for retailers.” The new collection features 3 new delicate diamond set styles, 5 new plain profiles, 22 new shaped and decorative designs, 12 new finishingtouch styles and 3 new signet rings, aimed at both men and women. All rings, across the entire range, are now available in 9ct white, yellow or rose gold, extending price points and choice for end consumers. Choice has also been increased within the diamond set ranges; 40%, 50%, 60% and 100% coverages are available as standard with the ability to request any bespoke diamond coverage to suit consumer requirement. All profiles across Domino’s plain wedding rings are now available in all depths: light, medium and heavy.


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Domino has also increased its stock holding, with all stock items available within 24-48 hours, to ensure that retailers have the best possible access across the collection. Creative Director, Naomi NewtonSherlock added, “We anticipate strong sales for our customers from this new wedding rings range. The changes that we have made internally, not just to the ranges, but also to the way that we work are starting to really add value to our customers’ experience. The new stronger link between the creative and marketing team has meant that we have really focused on how we help retailers tell and sell the story of these beautiful pieces.” The new collection is supported by a luxurious tabbed brochure with improvements including ‘Diamond sets - At a Glance’ - a dedicated page

detailing all styles clearly on one page, to make it easier to explain to end consumers. All data tables have been reviewed and simplified, with clear guides on the Domino coding system to aid ordering. Consideration has also been given to the feature shots used within the brochure and online for the groom, bride and the happy couple. The new contemporary imagery is available for Domino customers to use on their own print materials, online and in-store. Retailers can also access special point-of-sale merchandising units and bespoke the Domino website to feature their own branding.increased its stock holding, with all stock items available within 24-48 hours, to ensure that retailers have the best possible access across the collection.

According to the Government we need to build more residential units because of the increase in the population and homelessness and because of Government cuts Birmingham Council need to make more money to survive. Consequently - once more the Jewellery Quarter has become a prime target destined to destroy this famous heritage and working area and turn it into a housing suburb. Without a place to work how can a family survive and pay the mortgage or rent? There must be lots of open spaces that could be built on (Adderley Park for instance) without upsetting the fine balance necessary between workspace and residential-use in The Jewellery Quarter. During 2018 there was an obvious increase in pressure to build a great more residential units both on the Mr Tyre site and the A. E. Harris site. As we know from previous experience, close proximity of residentialuse to work space can have a fatal effect on our factories and workshops and even if you have a Lease on the property there is no security if a developer or their financial backers, are determined enough. Some organisations care nothing about the consequences - they build their monstrosities then hand over the administration to a different company, who after only a short time, go into liquidation, leaving the tenants out on a limb. Not all developers are like this of course, but sadly a great number are. The present situation regarding both sites is that a great number of Conditions are being imposed and the developers are being told they must comply with the present Jewellery Quarter Planning Legislation of 2002 and Design Guide. NB: Birmingham City Council have recently announced that the number of new homes built in Birmingham over the past three years has EXCEEDED the annual target by 108%


Planning Review 2018 - Increase in Pressure to Build Residential

A New Boutique Concept in Timepieces Hall A new, vibrant focal point will complement Hall A1 Timepieces at the 2019 Inhorgenta Munich. An innovative Watch Boutique will be set up in the middle of the hall where exhibitors will showcase new models and collections. Exhibitors include Alexander Shorokhoff, Ebel, MeisterSinger, Michel Herbelin, Mühle Glashütte, Sinn Spezialuhren, Staudt Watches, and Tutima Glashütte. The already fully booked boutique area, situated in the heart of the Timepieces Hall, invites exhibition visitors to window shop through the world of timepieces on display at Inhorgenta Munich. In an atmosphere of elegant sophistication, visitors will experience the latest on offer from the watch industry. A round table stands in the middle of the Watch Boutique where industry members can meet daily to discuss current developments in the watch industry, especially focusing on best practice applications and current trends. Trade fair goers can visit the adjoining bar with an inviting lounge atmosphere to sit back and relax. “The Watch Boutique has opened

Council’s Plan to Sell off Some of Their Properties An irresponsible rumour was spread just before Christmas that the Council was selling off certain of their properties to developers ‘specifically for residential use’ and the present occupants

new doors for additional brands to be showcased at Inhorgenta Munich,” says Exhibition Director Stefanie Mändlein. “We have created a meeting place in the heart of the hall with a welcoming atmosphere. Our concept will not only impress exhibitors, but also visitors.” Long-standing exhibitors such as Casio, Junghans, or Engelkemper will be joined by many new brands in the Timepieces Hall in February 2019. One such newcomer is the Citizen Group, which, alongside its parent brand Citizen, will present its Swiss brands Frederique Constant and Alpina as well as the American heritage brand Bulova in Munich. Maurice Lacroix is returning after a break of several years with a large exhibition stand, as is Bruno Söhnle. Smartwatch manufacturer Garmin is also new to the trade fair with their own stand. Their exhibit together with Komsa will widely represent the booming smart and connected watches segment. “From the finest quality Swiss mechanical craftsmanship and the widest range of German brands to the latest generation of smart watches: Visitors can find a wide range of products at Inhorgenta Munich, allowing them to assemble their own optimal array of products,” says Klaus Dittrich, Chairman and CEO of Messe München. were to be given notice to quit at the end of their Lease (or contract). The Council deny this, but the matter is ongoing. If anyone owns property and decides to sell it, there is very little the tenant can do, except maybe to offer to buy the premises themselves.

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A New Future for ‘Jewellery & Watch’ at NEC ‘Jewellery & Watch’’ will get the industry calendar off to a successful start at Birmingham’s NEC in February 2019, while new owner, ITE Group, develops a transformative plan to boost the show in 2020. Having purchased Jewellery & Watch and its sister show, Spring Fair in May 2018, ITE Group has outlined ambitious plans to grow both shows with significant investment and a refreshed focus on content. In 2019, Jewellery & Watch will introduce a new seminar theatre, known as The Studio, featuring keynote interviews with leading and emerging designers, along with trend insights to help attendees take advantage of changes in the marketplace. This will be supported by technical and educational sessions, designed to equip retailers with business-boosting insights. Jewellery & Watch will also facilitate easy access to the Main Stage in Hall 20, where a selection of global industry experts will explain what 2019 has in store for the world of retail.

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For visiting buyers and retailers, Jewellery & Watch 2019 will offer easier navigation thanks to a new layout, which groups businesses based on specialism and sector. Elsewhere, Jewellery & Watch will reiterate its connection to Birmingham and the Jewellery Quarter with special features and industry collaborations celebrating the area’s 250 years of heritage, which will be announced later this year. The fruits of ITE Group’s investment and new management ethos will be most visible in Jewellery & Watch 2020, although benefits will be seen in the transitional 2019 show. Longterm goals focus on boosting return on investment for exhibitors, creating a content-driven experience for visitors and encouraging further movement of buyers from Spring Fair and into Jewellery & Watch. “We are excited to see where the investment, energy and positivity of ITE Group takes Jewellery & Watch in 2019 and beyond,” says Jewellery & Watch Event Manager, Kirsty Broere. “Jewellery & Watch 2019 can be considered a transitional show, but we look forward to showcasing hints of what’s to come, including a new seminar schedule and a closer relationship with Spring Fair exhibitors and visiting

buyers.” Jewellery & Watch 2019 is an ideally-timed and located platform to get the jewellery buying and business calendar off to a flying start. By focusing on diversification and the customer experience, Jewellery & Watch will continue to broaden its base of buyers from across the jewellery, gift and lifestyle sectors. Broere adds: “It is no secret that the global trade show market is facing challenges, especially in terms of market participation. Jewellery & Watch is all about starting the New Year on the right foot and offering the UK trade the chance to see what’s fresh. Whether you choose to catchup on the post-Christmas sentiment, meet existing clients or find something new, Jewellery & Watch is all about starting the year positively and with purpose.” Assisting in this mission to kickstart the jewellery business year are many prominent exhibitors, including Gecko, HW Tankel, Connoisseurs UK, Hanron Jewellery, Jo for Girls, Azendi, London Pearl, Marjo, Pilgrim, Storm of London, UJT and Wedds & Co. Jewellery brands and businesses located in Spring Fair Halls 19 and 20 include Accessories by Park Lane, Shrieking Violet, Carrie Elspeth and Big Metal London.






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Goldsmiths’ Company to Stage UK’s Biggest Precious Metal Student Event On 5 February 2019, London’s Goldsmiths’ Hall will host the UK’s biggest careers event for apprentices, students and graduates of jewellery and allied trades. Make Your Mark has proved a huge success since its launch in 2014, and now the event promises to deliver even more inspiration, advice and networking opportunities. Make Your Mark is a completely free tutor–student event open to apprentices, and anyone studying on a UKbased precious-metal related course (full- or part-time) whether at degree level or on a short adult education or private tutored course. Led by the Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office and supported by the

Goldsmiths’ Company and the Goldsmiths’ Centre, the event will provide a packed programme of inspiring talks from leading figures in the trade, live demos, an exhibition of entries into the new Make You Mark Award, careers advice and much more besides. Other key elements of the event will include: • A wide range of trade exhibitors offering advice, guidance and

buying opportunities; • Live demonstrations including diamond cutting and hand engraving; • A tour of the Goldsmiths’ Company’s renowned library • Make Your Mark Awards – an exciting design competition which celebrates the London hallmark. As part of the event, the Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office is offering all those who attend an exclusive

Run of the Mill by Dauvit Alexander

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A Waste Land

Vittoria Street Gallery is delighted to host A Waste Land, a joint exhibition created by jewellery artists Dan Russell and Dauvit Alexander on show during February 2019. This exhibition sets out to question and challenge the illegal dumping of consumer waste. These jewellery artists have united together to raise awareness

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of this environmental concern and in response have created jewellery from the things that everyone else pretends not to see: the detritus of the Anthropocene. Litter, fly-tipping, discards, waste, garbage, rubbish. Collecting this unpromising material, they have produced a thought-provoking collection of jewellery and wearable objects which will be displayed in an uncom-

promising environment, entirely built from the illegal discards of others. Hailing from either end of the country, the pair aim to criticize the habits of a nation examining why this isn’t a localized problem contained within their individual surroundings, but instead a global dilemma with catastrophe-leading potential. Working from the concept of future archaeologists mining the accumulated waste as the planet slowly recovers from anthropogenic activity, they have created objects which challenge the idea of what is precious, recontextualising materials and diminishing the attitudes of apathy towards waste.

Inside the Void by Dan Russell

Dauvit Alexander is a jeweller and educator, based in Birmingham at the world-renowned School of Jewellery. For nearly two decades, he has been working with found objects and scrap materials to create jewellery with a political, historical and social narrative, often taking his practice out into the community and working with marginalised groups such as refugees, young offenders and victims of violence. Dan Russell is a jeweller/maker and gallery assistant based in Kent. A recent Alumni of UCA Rochester, he is known for working primarily with wood and other found objects gathered


Hallmarking package for free. This unrivalled package comprises of a ten-year registration, punch and laser software set-up meaning to enable both methods of hallmarking. Experts from the Goldsmiths’ Company, Assay Office and Goldsmiths’ Centre will also be on hand to offer friendly advice on hallmarking, internships, grants, and training opportunities. Dr Robert Organ, Deputy Warden of the Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office, commented “At the Goldsmiths’ Company we are committed to nurturing talent and the future of the trade. Make Your Mark supports these newcomers. Our long history and authority can sometimes appear daunting, but we welcome everyone with open arms. Registering your sponsor’s mark with the Goldsmiths’ Company is a key point in the career of any budding jeweller or silversmith. Doing so seals what I hope becomes a lifelong relationship with us.” Book to attend now via for more info, email or Tel. 020 7606 8971.

Buy Local This Valentine’s Day This spr ing, Craftspace are encouraging Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day shoppers to support their local economy and their community by buying beautiful contemporary jewellery made by local migrant women in Birmingham who are part of Shelanu. Their latest range, called ‘Interlocking Stories’, celebrates the ethos of Shelanu; women coming together to learn new skills, collaborating and supporting each other in a safe space. The range is made from cast silver (some items are gold plated) and features bold geometric, interlocking designs which reflect the idea of connection. It was designed and made in collaboration with contemporary jeweller Charlotte Valkeniers and prices range from £34 - £144. Shelanu, which means ‘belonging to us’, is a collective of migrant and refugee women working with Craftspace. Supported by practising makers, they produce high quality craft inspired by their new home, the city of Birmingham and their experiences of migration. “Purchasing from the Collective supports our work with migrant and refugee women. It enables Shelanu members to keep developing their confidence, skills, aspirations and connections with the community.” Emma Daker Exhibitions and Project Development Manager Shelanu’s jewellery can be bought online and will be featured in an exhibition at Artfull Expression contemporary jewellery shop at 23/24 Warstone Lane, in the Jewellery from his local surroundings to create wearable adornments with a social and environmental narrative. His most recent collection, ‘Waste-Full World’, a project about the impact of plastic waste and its effects on sea-bird and marine life worldwide has since gone on to be exhibited throughout Europe and Asia. A Waste Land will open at Vittoria Street Gallery in Birmingham’s Jewellery quarter during February and will travel to the award-winning Sun Pier House Gallery in Chatham Kent in March. All the work created will be

Quarter, Birmingham until the end of February. To purchase Shelanu products online please visit: shop/

disposed of ethically and sustainably at the end of the exhibition.

Dates Exhibition | Monday 4th February – Friday 1st March 2019 Opening with Artist Talks | Tuesday 5th February 2019 6pm – 8pm

Contacts/Links Dauvit Alexander | Dan Russell | Vittoria Street Gallery | vittoriastreetgallery

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Robots: Innovations at Inhorgenta Munich February 22 to 25, 2019.

Inhorgenta Munich will be attracting exhibitors and visitors from around the world. Once again, the international trade fair offers significant room for innovations. Engraving robots and printed jewellery are just some of these. Next to pristine jewellery and the latest functions of smartwatches, people will also be able to see how the jewellery, timepieces and gemstones industry is profiting from technological advances. In particular, Hall A2, Technology & Bijoux, offers visitors a wide spectrum of innovations with its more than 200 exhibitors. Aside from providers of store fixtures, security solutions and even trending jewellery, even workshops, refineries, techniques and electronic data processing will quickly become topics of conversation. “In Hall A2, jewellers, watchmakers, goldsmiths and designers will gain valuable insights into how innovative

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technologies will permanently change processes and products - and which opportunities will arise as a result. What’s more, visitors will find everything they need at the trade fair to operate a successful business, day after day,” adds Mändlein, Exhibition Director of Inhorgenta Munich. A printer that produces gold, silver and platinum jewellery - 3D printing has long established itself in many different industrial areas. The innovative high-tech production process has now even made its way into modern jewellery manufacturing and presents an ideal complement to traditional craftsmanship. It allows for delicate forms that even for the experienced goldsmith aren’t easy to craft. What until just a few years ago seemed like a fantasy is now a reality: gold, silver and platinum jewellery produced by a printer - with precision at hundredths of a millimetre. A digital draft is used as a basis as well as special alloys in powder form. Within the 3D printer, layer upon layer of delicate jewellery and timepiece parts are produced through a laser sintering process. Heimerle + Meule is one of the manufacturers who will be presenting this process at Inhorgenta Munich

2019. Germany’s oldest gold and silver refinery, they offer ‘direct precious metal 3D printing’ through their subsidiary Cooksongold. This innovative technology allows prefabricated parts to be manufactured through to final treatment on the basis of threedimensional CAD files and by using a highly developed powder made of precious metals. Robots to take over the engraving process - The company Gebrüder Boley GmbH & Co. KG, one of the leading providers of technology for jewellery and timepieces, will be bringing - aside from innovative testing devices and modular and expandable clock and goldsmithing tables - an engraving robot. These computer-guided engraving machines accomplish their tasks with exceptional precision and speed. “Inhorgenta Munich is one of the few trade fairs in Europe that puts a focus on clock- and goldsmithing techniques, in addition to innovative technologies. This is particularly significant for owner-operated specialist shops, since today a well-run workshop is an important characteristic that sets them apart from pure online business,” says Michael Lutz, partner in the company.


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A very colourful and attractive booklet has been published by YBA Publications. Although only 20 pages it is packed with information about Birthstones. Its origins are with The Hockley Flyer where for 12 issues we ran the corresponding month’s Birthstone and their Myths and Legends. Gemstones are fascinating in more ways, we all know diamond is the hardest known natural stone, but what about the oldest diamond? Scientists have found Zircons date back as far as 4.375 billion years, and considering the planet is 4.54 billion years old, they have survived countless trips down rivers, heating, squeezing and tectonic plate rides buried deep in the Earth’s crust and back to the surface. 20 Page A5 Booklet £2.50 + £0.91 Post & Packing.

THE CHAMBERLAIN CLOCK TT World Gold Council @ GOLDCOUNCIL - Using gold nanoparticles in combination with cobalt and nickel oxide, @QUT have been able to create a catalyst to split water and produce hydrogen without emissions.

A 20 page A5 booklet we did as a souvenir of The ‘Chamberlain Clock’ which has become an established landmark within the City, this publication was to mark the centenary of such a well known symbol of the heritage and culture of Birmingham’s famous Jewellery Quarter. This was back in 2002 when it was first published. 20 photos are published including the clocks restoration. £1.50 + £0.91 Post & Packing.

THE JEWELLERY QUARTER History and Guide 2nd Edition

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It has over 150 photographs, many of which are unique, and has 148 pages packed with the history of the Jewellery Quarter, and makes an ideal gift for anyone who has memories of the Jewellery Quarter, or for those keen on the development of the area. £5.95 + £1.37 Post & Packing.

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Jewellery & Watch event manager, Kirsty Broere

J&K Henderson to Give Away 1,000 Watches to Spring Fair Gift Buyers Long-running Jewellery & Watch exhibitor, J&K Henderson (the Henderson Group) will lead the charge in bringing Spring Fair buyers to Jewellery & Watch with an impressive giveaway promotion. Having been a supporter of Jewellery & Watch for 42-years, J&K Henderson believe in facilitating greater crossover of buyers between Jewellery & Watch in Halls 18 and 19 of NEC Birmingham and Spring Fair buyers in Halls 4, 5, and 20, which offer giftware and fashion accessories. To achieve this, the business will distribute vouchers for a free watch in these strategic Spring Fair Halls, encouraging buyers to make their way to Jewellery & Watch to claim their gift. Across the five-days of the show, J&K Henderson are expected to gift more than 1,000 watches (with an RRP of £50 each) from across its broad spectrum of brands, which serves to highlight the significant scale and investment associated with the campaign. Jewellery & Watch event manager, Kirsty Broere, says: “This is a first-

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of-its-kind initiative for any Jewellery & Watch exhibitor, and we want to thank J&K Henderson for supporting our vision of a more inter-connected Jewellery & Watch and Spring Fair.” J&K Henderson director, Jim Henderson, adds: “We are not only one of Europe’s largest watch importers, but we also import unrivalled ranges of jewellery, fashion accessories and gifts so, although watches are our core product, we have so much to offer to buyers who would not normally venture into Jewellery & Watch. In these difficult times our products are sure to help customers increase sales and margins to weather challenging trading conditions. We are offering this promotion as we are so confident once buyers – large or small - take a look at what we have to offer they will become part of the ever-growing family of Henderson customers.” J&K Henderson is one of the largest volume jewellery, watch and giftware importers in Europe. The business was established in 1976 and today it serves customers across the retail landscape, including multiples, independents, e-commerce giants, giftware purveyors and more. The company prides itself on its excellent reputation, carrying over 20 brands including its own-brand and licenced products. Its white-label design and manufacturing services have also proved popular among high street retailers in the UK and Europe who are looking to put their own unique

spin on watches and accessories. Although the company has many large high streets chains enjoying its competitive pricing and excellent design, it prides itself on giving smaller independents the same unrivalled level of service backed up by a national sales force. In recent years, the business has seen its Thomas Calvi, Elizabeth Rose and Lucy K watch and accessory collections achieve unprecedented success. In 2019, Jewellery & Watch will focus on capturing the attention of buyers in the co-located Spring Fair show with improved accessibility and cross-promotion. Jewellery & Watch exhibitors and visitors will also gain easy-access to the Main Stage in Hall 20, where a selection of global industry experts will explain what 2019 has in store for the world of fashion and luxury retail. Jewellery & Watch 2019 is an ideally-timed and located platform to get the jewellery buying and business calendar off to a flying start. By focusing on diversification and the customer experience, Jewellery & Watch will continue to broaden its base of buyers from across the jewellery, gift and lifestyle sectors. Assisting in this mission to kickstart the jewellery business year are J&K Henderson and many other prominent exhibitors, including Gecko, HW Tankel, Connoisseurs UK, Hanron Jewellery, Jo for Girls, Azendi, London Pearl, Marjo, Pilgrim, Storm of London, UJT and Wedds & Co. Jewellery brands and businesses located in Spring Fair include Accessories by Park Lane, Shrieking Violet, Carrie Elspeth and Big Metal London. Visit the large J&K Henderson stand at Jewellery & Watch in Hall 18, J10-K11.

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Heritge Heritage

News and Stories with a Historical or Send your heritage letters and interest... comments

Outside the factory in Kenyon Street in 1938 with railway lorries laden with goods.

Anstey & Wilson A Family Company

Source: Jewellery Quarter Heritage 2018

Anstey & Wilson of The Standard Plate Works, 44 Kenyon Street, specialised in the manufacture of EPNS and chromium-plated goods and produced a very large range of alabaster-ware and cased goods during the mid-1930s. They also manufactured Wilson ‘Starburst’ and ‘Sunburst’ Clocks, which are still very sought after. They exported their goods to Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Scandinavia.

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A view of the same premises in 2018


402 hf Jan HERITAGE Anstey & 2. Range of goods manufacA typical & Wilson Sunburst tured byAnstey Anstey & Wilson Clock from around late 1950’s to 3. Mark ******Athe ‘Wilson’ clock early 1960’s - from website - say if a Starburst or Sunburst.

Edwin Anstey founded the company in 1897, and when in 1924 his son Douglas G Anstey joined the company, he soon became active on various trade committees and he ran the company throughout WW2. In 1945 he became president of the, then, Birmingham Jewellers’ & Silversmiths’ Association and immediately after his term of office he campaigned vigorously for more sensible Purchase Tax Regulations (which pre-dated VAT). An active man, he did not believe in retiring, he was also a keen golfer and a member of Edgbaston Golf Club. When he died at the age of 71 in 1978, his son John took over the running of the business. By the late 1990’s the company had been dissolved.

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Taken 1938 just before the war - outside the factory in Kenyon Street.

Anstey & Wilson at WAR Mysteries and Mechanisms Source: Jewellery Quarter Heritage 2018

In September 1939, the factory of Anstey & Wilson was keyed up for commencement of deliveries for Christmas trading as usual, but this season, the employees were keyed up for a still more important reason; the impending and dreaded death knell to Peace caused by WW2. By September 12th, they were delivering their first War Contract, a delivery of Ammunition Box Handles for degreasing and painting Service Green. Their Spraying Shop handled well over one million of these important accessories, making deliveries sometimes thrice daily, and averaging 11,000 Handles per day. The Spraying Shop also took on a second contract; the spraying of 50,000 Military Water Bottles, which incidentally were the cause of a disastrous fire. The paint specified for this job ignited over-night through spontaneous combustion and the loss of valuable equipment and damage to the works meant the builders working day and night to get them going again. Within three weeks they were on full production and securing another Spraying order for Steel Helmets. This

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department was now 100% on War Work and doing a heterogeneous array of components too numerous to mention. From tiny Government Stores to Stirrup Pumps the team of girl Sprayers took all in their stride and an order for a quarter of a million Fuse Caps to be lacquered did not raise an eyebrow. Meanwhile, other shops had turned over to Government work; part of the Press Shop had a team of girls making Military Buttons, assisted by the Stamp Shop, turning out thousands of Army Badges, which in turn found the Soldering Shop plenty to do to help the war effort. Some thousands of grosses of buttons of various sizes and badges for dozens of regiments were made, inspected and boxed, to find their way to the devouring Government Stores, all clamouring for deliveries. The rapid recovery from the fire prompted a local firm to contact them with an S.O.S. for help. They were on high priority work and a fire had gutted their spraying plant and they took over the spraying of highly important instrument dials and their peace-time experience of what could be termed precision spraying stood the war effort in good stead, and their girls were highly commended for an intricate job well done. By this time the press shop was engaged on turning out daily thousands of Signal Relays, their initial attempt at repetition work embracing capstan and hand press work, calling

for an extremely severe inspection. These Signal Relays were made in hundreds of thousands each week, and still they could not make enough. Tools were duplicated and triplicated until they were in a position to meet the pressing need. There was a fire on November 10th, 1939, when two engines from nearby Albion Street Fire Station were called, but fortunately only a lift and lift shaft on the ground floor had been damaged. Throughout these stages of war work, negotiations were in progress to make full use of their battery of Power Presses, and early in 1940 a contract was secured for the supply of Rifle Magazines. Toolmakers worked from 7am to 7pm for 7 days per week for many months to get expensive tools made for the 74 operations that the manufacture of Rifle Magazines required. Royal Ordnance Factories were consulted, and visits made to various branches of these to enable them to be in line with all important component parts so necessary for the functioning of this, the soldiers’ best friend. They had to install Gun Browning plant, with the attendant knowledge necessary for this ancient but important art. Slowly production got underway, and rapidly the factory became Rifle Magazine conscious, and within a few weeks they were asked to stepup the output. Demands for labour were made, but labour was not to be had, and an appeal to the office and warehouse staff received a 100% response. These girls discarded warehouse overalls and spotless office clothing for apparel in keeping with changed conditions found in the press shops. The wheels were now turning fast, and they were up to schedule, when Dunkirk upset all their calculations. Every article they had turned out up to date, was lost in the holocaust, and the Directors were summoned postehast to London by night, to attend an important conference with the highest authorities at the Ministry of Supply. They came back stunned with the seriousness of the situation but full of determination to do their part in the resuscitation of the stores lost. To double the output was the aim, to treble it if humanly possible, and the workpeople were with them to a man. An appeal was launched for volun-

careful adaption and making full use of labour-saving devices. One of the hardest worked shops was the Polishing Shop. Their team of polishers changed over from Sanding, Mapping and Finishing E.P. Ware to the emery bobbing necessitated for the highly polished finish required by the Inspection Department. They had one old Polisher, 78 years of age, who took his stand with the rest at Steel Polishing. Throughout the whole of the Contract they were in close contact with Royal Ordnance Factories, and ideas were exchanged by both sides to create cohesion for the increasing close limits demanded. Then they were asked to make another Rifle Component; a rear Hand Guard. This appeared a simple job, but it had features which called for extreme care, and as the need was highly pressing, they took this on and turned out nearly 100,000 and whilst these figures were not astronomical, their efforts saved a bottle-neck which had assumed dangerous proportions. After a run of over 3 years, the Rifle Magazine contracts came to an end, and whilst these had brought endless worries and problems the feeling that they had conquered, where others had fallen by the wayside in manufacture, was a very comforting thought, and the last delivery was like saying farewell to a very close friend. The Ministry of Production contacted them with a view to taking on the assembly and part manufacture of a job which at that time was on the Secret List. Through trial and error,

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teers for night workers and a night shift rota was planned at once. The day shift agreed to work 7 days per week, and a visit was made to a North of England Royal Ordnance factory for more Power Presses. These were despatched by return, and were erected, fitted and in running condition within 7 days. They then commenced to double production and within a month this was attained, and they received a Telegram of congratulation from their Parent Ministry. The output was maintained for the rest of the contract, and out of 2,100,000 Rifle Magazines turned out throughout the country, they accounted for over 800,000. The factory was not closed day or night for over two years, and the girls on night shift stuck at their press’s night after night despite severe raids, working with steel helmets on during ‘Alerts’ and only taking cover when ‘Raiders Overhead’ was signalled by the Roof Spotting Team. The stepping up of production brought problems relating to motion study etc., as so vast a quantity of articles coming through the works would soon have swamped available space. Nine power press draws, with a special annealing between each, called for careful programme planning to keep up the steady flow of finished products. Washing plant had to be installed; Gun Browning gave way to Parkerizing, and plant had to be changed over with the minimum delay. Repairs and maintenance brought their own problems, but in each instance, they were able to cope with mass production methods by

the existing Mine Detection appliances were not 100% accurate and a band of experts had designed a vastly improved component which called for a Telescopic Pole with numerous components attached. This was the job which they were asked to tackle, and within a few weeks they were turning out these to everybody’s satisfaction. It was a component which had a very distinguishing feature, inasmuch that each fitting could be assembled wrongly, and as it was built up step by step by electric spot welding, it meant that an early error which could get through unobserved, ensured that the whole lot had to be pulled to pieces and commenced again. The obvious solution was a team of carefully chosen employees, all of whom could be relied upon implicitly, and by their concentrated efforts this component was produced with the minimum amount of error. Their efforts at this stage were given a spurt, because they had news that one of their employees in the Forces had lost a leg and part of his hand through treading on an enemy mine in Germany. The accuracy of their finished product was such that they had two repeat orders from two other sources and therefore had to build up production. The Telescopic Pole contract put them in touch with a highly organised but little-known department; the Inter Services Research Bureau. Owing to the possibility of damage by the V-Bomb interfering with their London Headquarters, a branch was opened in Birmingham, and they were requested to spray weird looking objects for this team of experts, engaged, as their name implies on research work for the three Services. Whilst the quantities were never large, the work was very interesting and of very high priority. They also gave assistance in assembly work but owing to its secret nature they never knew to what purpose these articles were ultimately used. Relations with this department were conducted with the highest cordiality and they had the feeling that they were in a small way, playing their part with one branch of the ‘Back room boys,’ to whom so much is due of the success of Britain’s war effort with new and wonderful weapons, and also the means to combat the Axis secret weapons, ranging from Magnetic Mines to V-Bombs.’


See our website for the very latest events, plus we can import your Facebook events and now Eventbrite Events


1:00 pm - 2:30 pm and 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm Learning Calligraphy Sessions and Demonstrations are held in the Callicreative Room and designed for both beginners and more experienced calligraphers. Learn the key elements of calligraphy and take information away to continue developing your style at home. Some materials will be provided and calligraphy products can be purchased from the Museum shop.


10:00 am - 4:00 pm On this course you will get hands on with the new fun, quicker way to learn calligraphy using your fine point nib.In the morning, we will get used to the script and practice and in the afternoon, I will show you design layout and all you will need to be happily confident that you can use this new-found skill regularly after leaving the class on all those special things you are creating.


11:30 am - 4:00 pm This is one of a series of five individual but related workshops that explore the many different ways to draw, illuminate and decorate historical capital letters. Each workshop will focus on a particular type of letter and a particular way to decorate so you can build up quite a substantial portfolio. This session will explore how to use 24 carat gold leaf to decorate your letters.


10:00 am - 4:00 pm This one day session will involve learning a variety of jewellery making techniques under the careful guidance of contemporary jeweller Grace Page. In this workshop you will learn new skills to make a silver ring to take home with you. A perfect activity for yourself and a loved one, a great gift for a birthday or Valentines Day or a well deserved treat for yourself.


Interested in developing your art skills or having some creative fun? Visit the RBSA web site for the full list of winter art workshops. Members, Associates, Friends, and full-time students aged 18 and over receive a discount.


7:30 pm - 10:00 pm PopUp Painting invites you to unleash your creativity – wine glass in one hand, paintbrush in the other! No experience needed. Your event at The Rose Villa Tavern will be themed around Gustav Klimt’s iconic The Kiss painting!

Tours, Walks & Talks  JANUARY


@ 2:00 pm - 4:00 Join us at for a mid-week treat, available every Wednesday at 2pm! Go on a factory tour lead by one of our award-winning guides, followed by delicious refreshments, complete with vintage china. Relax and enjoy a proper cuppa with a delicious slice of cake.

Just some highlights of the many events in the Jewellery Quarter so please visit

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6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Spend a spine-tingling evening at the Coffin Works, where the chills won’t just be from winter weather! Take part in an atmospheric candlelit tour of the Coffin Works Factory followed by an illustrated talk about Second City Executions! The talk will last 45 minutes, plus time for refreshments and the ticket price includes tea/ coffee and biscuits. Please be aware that this talk is NOT SUITABLE for visitors under the age of 16, due to the subject matter.


11:00 am - 2:00 pm Join us on the 26th of January for a special instameet in the Jewellery Quarter to celebrate its architectural heritage! We’ve teamed up with the JQBID and the Townscape Heritage project to put on this unlimited numbers instameet which will be our first of 2019. We’ll be taking a leisurely stroll around the JQ that will take in its most famous and historic heritage landmarks.


12:15 pm - 1:15 pm Join us for a tour about the work undertaken by women from the late 1800’s until the 1980’s and the many vitally important jobs that women worked, from working in the office to manual work such as press work, polishing and enamelling. These women were instrumental in not only making the jewellery quarter the world’s largest jewellery manufacturing area, but also making Birmingham the work shop of the world, city of a thousand trades. www.


1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Join me on a leisurely stroll around the lost pubs of Birmingham’s amazing Jewellery Quarter. We look for the locations of The Pelican, The Leopard, The Gothic, The Duke of York, and the Vampire.

06, 13, 20, 27 VINTAGE TEA AND TOUR

@ 2:00 pm - 4:00 Join us at for a mid-week treat, available every Wednesday at 2pm! Go on a factory tour lead by one of our award-winning guides, followed by delicious refreshments, complete with vintage china. Relax and enjoy a proper cuppa with a delicious slice of cake.


Cemetery Tours are the second Sunday in the month, January to November. None in December. Tours of Warstone Lane Cemetery start at 12 Noon (meet at Pitsford Street entrance). Tours of Key Hill Cemetery start at 2pm (meet at Icknield Street entrance by pillar gates)


6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Take part in an atmospheric candlelit tour of the Coffin Works Factory, then at 7.30pm, find out about the fascinating traditions surrounding Victorian funeral practice in an informative, illustrated talk led by Josie Wall. The talk will last 45 minutes, plus time for refreshments and the ticket price includes hot drinks and biscuits.

Other Events  FEBRUARY


9:00 am - 5:00 pm At the Strathallan Hotel, Birmingham. All Day Conference with morning and afternoon refreshments, a two course hot and cold buffet lunch. Email for further information and tickets.

Get listed: Use Facebook/Events or Eventbrite for your events - and then do let us know so we can include them each month.

Just some of the many events in the JQ, so for more info please visit

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NEW: Employers can list jobs on our site via an easy to follow form, which allows employers to input job details, including job description, location, and add details about their company, and even set an application deadline Employers can preview their listing before it goes live. After preview, the employer can submit the listing (for approval) or edit it further. Job seekers can fill in candidate name, candidate email, cover letter/message, and an upload field for the candidate to attach their resume/CV file. The employer gets an email notification on each new candidates’ application. Prices from £2.50 for web site advert only, to a simple classified in the magazine to full page display. Order Online.

UPDATED: A more comprehensive ordering system online than we offered before, with sizes from 3cm x 1 col to 6cm x 2 col, with prices ranging from £15 for the smallest advert over 3 months to £144 for the largest over 12 months. Adverts appear only in the magazine, which is both printed and available online to read. To order - have your artwork ready* and available to upload to the required size, and pick the corresponding size and number of insertions you require from the drop-down menus on our web site at: Payment can also be made at the same time.

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ADDED Security UPDATED: The Hockley Flyer web site has undergone some subtle changes of late, including the addition of https rather than just http making the site secure for our users. You must have noticed all the information for additional security and privacy policies, we have changed and added many things to the site for GDPR. We have deleted all customer data for our email newsletters which we never seem to have time to prepare and send anyway. The events section has now been removed from The Hockley Flyer web site and has its own dedicated site at making both sites faster and easier to maintain.

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Property Planning

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 keep its character by making your ‘official’ protest against such Applications.

New Applications 2019/00028/PA George Street Jewellery Quarter Birmingham City Centre B3 1QQ. Non Material Amendment to approval 2017/01760/PA for the re-arrangement of cladding materials, curtain walling bays & terracotta piers replaced with continuous curtain walling along George Street & wrapping around the corner of The Whitmore Arm. 04-01-201 2018/10480/PA Reliance Works 41-42 Caroline Street Birmingham B3 1UE. Listed building consent for demolition of two storey rear workshop block and steel shed, three storey extension, internal and external alterations in association with change of use to 9 apartments. 24-122018 2018/10380/PA Reliance Works 41-42 Caroline Street Birmingham B3 1UE. Change of use to 9 apartments with associated works including demolition of two storey workshop block and steel shed to rear, erection of three storey extension with roof lights and solar panels to roof, associated alterations and installation of external staircase. 24-12-2018 2018/10372/PA Newhall Square Land At Newhall Street And Charlotte Street Birmingham B3 1RY. Display of various externally illuminated and non-illuminated signs. 24-12-2018 2018/10365/PA Hall Street / Branston Street Land at corner of Birmingham B18. Change of use from car park to street food site (Use Class A3/A5) with associated 2 no. street food vans, coffee area, decking to part of the site with seating and pergola. 24-12-2018 2018/10364/PA Argent College 43-47 Vittoria Street Birmingham B1 3ND. Listed building consent for internal and external alterations. 24-12-2018 2018/10307/PA. 47 Irving House Frederick Street Jewellery Quarter Birmimgham B1 3HN. Listed Building Consent for external alterations. 19-12-2018

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Planning Applications and Decisions for the Jewellery Quarter.

2018/10199/PA 16 Warstone Parade East Hockley Birmingham B18 6NR. Installation of new mezzanine floor to create a selfcontained apartment. 18-12-2018 2018/10081/PA 115b Branston Street Hockley Birmingham B18 6BA. Application for a lawful development certificate for an existing use as a single dwelling in excess of 4 years. 13-12-2018 2018/10040/PA 8-14 Hylton Street Birmingham B18 6HN. Listed Building consent for installation of new stove and flue to vent through existing roof. 12-12-2018 2018/09880/PA 122-123 Livery Street City Centre Birmingham B3 1RS. Creation of rooftop play area and safety enclosure with appearance of mansard roof on Livery Street elevation. 06-12-2018 018/09729/PA Victory House 26-28 Ludgate Hill Birmingham B3 1DX. Installation of roof mounted VRF unit and branch selector units. 30-11-2018 2018/09713/PA 16-17 Caroline Street Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B3 1TR. Extension and change of use of first floor and erection of additional floor to create 4 no. live/work units (Sui Generis). 30-112018 2018/09650/PA 30 St Pauls Square Birmingham B3 1QZ. Installation of replacement entrance gates with glass doors, replacement of block paving with mosaic tiling to door and window recess, replacement of security shutter grill to side and external geometric painting to side return walls. 28-11-2018 2018/09634/PA 115b Branston Street Hockley Birmingham B18 6BA. Listed Building Consent for internal alterations. 28-11-2018

Awaiting Decision 2018/09217/PA Former Kettleworks Land Bound By Icknield Street/Pope Street/ Camden Street Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B1 3AG. Non-Material Amendment to approval 2017/00204/PA to improve the appearance of the exposed foundations. 13-11-2018 2018/09101/PA 13-21 Vittoria Street Birmingham B1 3ND. Replacement curtain walling and aluminium windows. 08-11-2018 2018/08995/PA Site of Muhammed Ali Centre Icknield Street Hockley Birmingham B18 5AU. Demolition of existing building and the erection of Community Vocational College with associated residential accommodation, enterprise employment hub and workshop units. 06-11-2018

2018/08808/PA 72-74 Camden Street Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B1 3DP. Addition of a third storey, refurbishment and conversion of existing building to flexible A1 and B1 commercial use and 8 no. apartments on first, second and third floors. 30-10-2018 2018/08051/PA Land adjacent 49 Heaton Street Hockley Birmingham B18 5BB. Erection of a two storey modular house and associated works. 03-10-2018 2018/07295/PA 48 Frederick Street Birmingham B1 3HN. Listed Building Consent for retrospective application for change of use to restaurant and bar (Use Classes A3 and A4) with ancillary gallery (Use Class D1), single storey side extension to create storage/refuse enclosure and installation of new extraction system. 05-09-2018 2018/07256/PA 48 Frederick Street Birmingham B1 3HN. Retrospective application for change of use to restaurant and bar (Use Classes A3 and A4) with ancillary gallery (Use Class D1) with hours of opening to 0000 hours Monday to Friday, Sundays and Bank Holidays and 0200 hours Saturdays, single storey side extension to create storage/refuse enclosure and installation of new extraction system. 05-09-2018 2018/07149/PA 20 Tenby Street North Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B1 3EN. Listed Building Consent for internal alterations and demolition of modern additions, erection of new roof and four storey infill extension to create office space (Use Class B1), 6 x 2 bed apartments and 3 x 3 bed town houses (Use Class C3) and associated car parking and deck terrace. 30-08-2018 2018/07119/PA 20 Tenby Street North Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B1 3EN. Demolition of modern extensions, change of use and roof alterations to Listed Building to create ground floor offices (Use Class B1) and 6 x 2 bed apartments (Use Class C3). Erection of a four storey infill addition to create ground floor offices with 3 x 3 bed town houses above with associated car parking and deck terrace space to the rear. 30-08-2018 2018/05801/PA Heaton House & land adjoining Camden Street & Powell Street Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B1 3BZ. Demolition of existing buildings (apart from Heaton House), erection of a part 3, 4 & 5 storey building and refurbishment of Heaton House to provide 73 units, comprising 1 x 4 bed, 11 x 3 bed, 36 x 2 bed and 25 x 1 bed houses and apartments with associated parking and landscaping. 16-07-2018

2018/04882/PA Land fronting Northwood Street, James Street, Graham Street, Brook Street, Newhall Street and Regent Place (premises currently occupied by AE Harris & Baker & Finnemore) Jewellery Quarter Birmingham. Partial demolition of buildings, change of use of retained buildings at 109, 123 & 128 Northwood Street from B2 to A1-A4, B1/C3, change of use of retained building at 199 Newhall Street from B2 to B1, conversion and erection of new buildings to provide 326 one, two and three bed apartments and 8,422sqm of non-residential floorspace for A1-A5, B1 & D2 uses with associated parking and landscaping. 13-06-2018

New Decisions 2018/09470/PA Brook Welding Ltd 1 Mary Ann Street Birmingham B3 1RL. Reinstatement of existing blocked up doorway on front elevation. Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions 2018/09395/PA 40 Cox Street Hockley Birmingham B3 1RD. Variation of Condition 5 (hours of operation to 12:00-23:00 only) a t t a c h e d t o P l a n n i n g Pe r m i s s i o n 2015/07328/PA to increase the opening hours until 02:00am on Friday and Saturday only and retaining the 23:00pm restrictions for Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Final Decision - Refuse 2018/09331/PA Legna Islington Gates Fleet Street Birmingham B3 1JH. Retention of shop front and green wall. Final Decision - Refuse 2018/09176/PA 20 Key Hill Drive Hockley Birmingham B18 5NY. Non-Material Amendment to approval 2016/01250/PA for change in material below horizontal window - from metal panel to reclaimed brickwork. Final Decision - Approve 2018/08922/PA 33 - 37 Vittoria Street Birmingham B1 3ND. Listed Building Consent for internal refurbishment of existing offices and internal alterations to create separate office units. Final Decision Approve subject to Conditions 2018/08555/PA 3-5 Legge Lane Hockley Birmingham B1 3LD. Conversion of first floor commercial floorspace into 1 residential apartment. Final Decision - Refuse 2018/08261/PA Ground Floor 33 Mary Street Ladywood Birmingham B3 1UD. Flexible change of use at ground floor to provide mixed uses of retail (Use Class A1), financial and professional services (Use Class A2), restaurant and cafe (Use

Class A3) and business (Use Class B1) and alterations to frontage and installation extraction flue to rear. Final Decision Approve subject to Conditions 2018/07933/PA 43 Frederick Street City Centre Birmingham B1 3HN. Erection of single storey forward entrance extension. Final Decision - Refuse 2018/07846/PA 55-57 Vittoria Street Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B1 3NY. Conversion of existing Use Class B1 building to ground floor commercial unit with an apartment on first and second floors with associated external alterations including demolition of rear outbuilding, erection of rear extension, new entrance to ground floor unit, blocking up of some existing windows and replacement external staircase. Final Decision - Refuse 2018/00570/PA 111-114 Warstone Lane Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B18 6NZ. Demolition of existing building and erection of a 4-storey replacement building providing ground floor commercial unit for A1 use with 11 two-bed apartments above and new vehicle access. Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions 2017/10934/PA 33 Pitsford Street (Mr Tyre site) Jewellery Quarter Ladywood Birmingham B18 6LJ. Demolition of existing buildings and erection of a residential led mixed use redevelopment providing 395 apartments, commercial (B1a), workshop (B1a, b & c), Retail (A1, A2, A3, A4 & A5), leisure (D2), 116 car parking spaces, a new entrance to the Jewellery Quarter train station and associated works including landscaping and new entrance to Pitsford Street. 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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