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Work Starts on Purpose-Built Shared Living Scheme in Birmingham

Birmingham-based property developer, Cordia Blackswan, has started work on the latest addition to its growing residential portfolio in the Jewellery Quarter.

Work has commenced on the site at 36 Barr Street, which will deliver Birmingham’s first purpose built shared living scheme, Bradford Works, following an official handover from the previous owners.

Placing the community at the forefront of their developments, Cordia Blackswan has developed a strong relationship with the previous owners, the Singh Family, who have operated their family business Aulak Fashions from the site for over 35 years.

The site has also formerly been home to manufacturers of enamelled and button badges, Fattorini & Sons Ltd, which opened ‘The Bradford Works’ factory in 1915, from which the current development takes its name.

With heritage and history of great importance to Cordia Blackswan, the developer will prioritise the preservation and enhancement of key historic features at Bradford Works by retaining the character and style of the existing façade and maintaining the existing roof trusses that will be exposed.

Bradford Works will be an exclusive shared living development comprising 28 private rooms over three floors. Residents will have their own independent living space with access to high-quality shared areas and amenities, including professional-grade kitchens, and work and wellness spaces.

The development forms part of Cordia Blackswan’s current pipeline of 9 developments in the Jewellery Quarter in a range of tenures, and the company has an ambition to deliver 2,500 units in the region over five years. Their vision is to transform Great Hampton Street and the surrounding areas into a place for the community to enjoy for years to come.

Marcus Hawley, managing director at Cordia Blackswan, said: “We are thrilled to be delivering Birmingham’s first purpose built shared living scheme at Bradford Works, which will provide high quality 21st century amenities whilst retaining the key features and character of this historic building. We are confident that Bradford Works will act as an exemplar of what the shared living concept can represent for the future and bring to Birmingham, supporting its ambitions to become a world class city and sustaining the rising demand for affordable and all-inclusive urban living.”

The redevelopment of Bradford Works is expected to be completed and ready for its first residents within 12 months.