Birmingham housing scheme turns back time

253938_5A housing scheme in Birmingham has turned back time after a refurbishment to return it to its former glory.

New Inns, a listed building based on Holyhead Road, Handsworth, has rolled back the years after a 12 month refurbishment programme to restore areas of its original features, including the re-installation of an antique clock which dates back to around 1870.

The building was initially converted into 16 one and two-bedroom homes in the 1990s, but its history can be traced back to 1638.

The recent upgrades form part of a project to ensure the building’s heritage is preserved and it continues to provide quality accommodation for the future. The programme of works included sympathetic restoration of the original staircase, maintaining features such as the high ornate ceilings, preservation of the external façade and signs, as well as full decoration throughout.

We worked with the Cumbria Clock Company for six months to restore the historical time piece to its former glory, which now takes pride of place on the building’s main frontage.

Following its transformation, Ruth Cooke, CEO, explained that our organisation has many heritage properties and that we are guardians of those wonderful buildings: “New Inns is a prime of example of where heritage and modern day living meet.

“The restoration of the building and reinstallation of the clock demonstrates Midland Heart’s commitment to preserving history and investing in areas to help retain heritage and provide a legacy for future communities.

“We are thrilled with the result. The clock’s restoration has added to the aesthetical appeal of the building and the area. I’m sure the people of the local community will be happy to see the clock back where it belongs.”

The clock has always been a local landmark in the area, but was removed and put into storage during the building’s conversion into new homes.  The restoration ensured that the original working mechanism has been retained and the clock fully restored. The clock once again adorns the building adding to the townscape, providing passing cars and pedestrians with a free time check.

Councillor Waseem Zaffar MBE, added: “I’m really pleased to see Midland Heart investing in the heritage of this building. The clock is a bridge between the past and present and we need to preserve as much history we can across the city. 

“The clock has always been a main focal point to the façade and now that the restoration is complete, it restores another key piece in Handsworth’s history.”

Initially a public house, New Inns has a chequered history changing hands frequently from a public house to a clergyman’s home.

In 1898 the landlord Adam Powell sold the building to Mitchells & Butler where the Princes Suite banquet hall became popular for weddings before it was sold to Midland Heart.
13th March 2017 | 2017 | Press Releases