Restoring history: Cordia Blackswan completes heritage redevelopment

by Francesca

Cordia Blackswan has restored a piece of Jewellery Quarter history with the completion of phase one of its heritage development, The Gothic.

Occupying a 0.5-acre site at 1-4 Great Hampton Street, The Gothic provides 14 high-quality apartments and duplexes of one, two and three bedrooms.

The scheme is being delivered across three phases totalling 50 apartments, and phase one is now complete. Having obtained an occupancy permit, the first owners at The Gothic are ready to move in, and the show apartment is finished.

Cordia Blackswan is passionate about the Jewellery Quarter and its rich heritage and has experience in working with listed and heritage buildings. The developer is owned by European company Cordia Group, who are well known for their urban regeneration projects across the continent, such as the Corvin Quarter in Budapest.

The developer has retained and enhanced the original Victorian-era features of the building, including traditional cornicing, beams, and windows, finished with contemporary fittings. 

Working alongside the Conservation Officer at Birmingham City Council and a specialist joinery company based in the Black Country, Cordia Blackswan has installed like-for-like windows to retain the authentic appearance of The Gothic. The windows have been replaced across the four buildings that make up phase one, bringing the thermal and acoustic performance of the development up to modern standards.

The original exterior features of the building have also been restored, including the original turret to its Gothic-style glory. Cordia Blackswan has also worked closely with Edgbaston-based stone masons William Parratt to peel away half a century’s worth of paint and expose the original brickwork hiding underneath.

Over the years, The Gothic has been home to many Jewellery Quarter landmarks, including The Gothic Inn, Gothic Stores and the Gothic Works. For the best part of 50 years, the ground floor facades at The Gothic had been painted many times, in various colours. Some of the building’s features date back as far as 1870.

Marcus Hawley, Managing Director of Cordia Blackswan, said: “It is brilliant to see our long-awaited vision for The Gothic come to life, with works now complete on phase one. The creation of 14 elegant and unique apartments will meet the needs of modern residents who are looking for quirky high-quality living space in a prime city location.

“The offering at The Gothic does not stop at residential, we’re pleased to work alongside Griffley Property who are creating commercial spaces to let to local independent businesses to support the community and encourage investment back into Great Hampton Street.  The Gothic forms a key part of our vision for the transformation of the street, to act as a local social hub in years to come.”

The Gothic was recently awarded Apartment Development of the Year at Insider’s Midlands Residential Property Awards. 

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