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Time is an intriguing concept. In its passing homes gain new occupants, new homes are built, and older properties swiftly become vacant.Renovation

Yet, the blending of past and present is commonplace in architectural development. History presents the modern-day architect with many older buildings that served a former use. Whether a former role as an umbrella factory or a once populated church, there are numerous builds across the landscape that present an idealistic opportunity.

Renovation and repurposing are very much a recent trend, following decades and centuries of building. With a greater need for new homes, architects and property developers have taken to giving new life to existing builds.

In Birmingham, this is an uncommon occurrence. The growing student population, coupled with a growth in young professionals working in the city has generated a need for numerous apartment developments. As such, the issues continues to be addressed with renovations taking place.

 For instance, The Brolly Works, located in the vicinity of the popular Bullring development in Birmingham, and the culturally relevant Custard Factory, now provides numerous homes for the working professional. However, the contents that reside behind the four walls of the development once were that of an umbrellas factory thus leading to the naming of the new development.

The winner of the recent Royal Institute of British Architects’ Stirling Prize for architecture was a modern holiday home inserted into the walls of an ancient castle. The build accommodated and kept what remained of the original development, thus providing an intriguing blend of the historical and the modern.

We’re always keen to see how property developers revitalise abandoned properties. If you are taking on such a project let us know!

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