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Standard Works, Birmingham

Description: Standard Works

Grade: II
Date Listed: 8 July 1982
English Heritage Building ID: 217709

OS Grid Reference: SP0616887529
OS Grid Coordinates: 406168, 287529
Latitude/Longitude: 52.4857, -1.9106

Location: Vittoria Street, Birmingham B1 3PE

Locality: Birmingham
County: Birmingham
Country: England
Postcode: B1 3PE

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Listing Text

(east side)
Hockley B1
Nos 41 to 49 (odd)
(Standard Works)
SP 0687 NW 24/31
1879-80 architect Thomas F Williams. A large factory on a corner site in fact
built as 15 separate industrial units and one of the best examples in the area.
The rich modelling of the ground floor would appear to indicate an earlier
C1860-70 build with a rehandling of the upper floors in 1879-80 but
structurally it would seem all of a piece with load bearing walls, post and
iron beam in the basement and wrought iron beams to upper floors, an early
instance of metal construction in the jewellery quarter befitting the wider
than normal floor spans. Three storey long elevations of close set bays to
both fronts and rounded corner. Rusticated and vermiculated painted stonework
to round arched ground floor doorways with boldly modelled heavy console
keystones with swags (each doorway originally gave access to a unit of the
"flatted" works). Deeply moulded ground floor cornice. Painted brickwork to
upper floors with narrow window bays grouped in bands of 3 with full height
brick dividing piers, broader arched bays in line with doorways. Ground floor
cornice and first floor sill band broken forward with piers creating high
relief. The ground floor windows are iron framed with panelled pilaster steps
dividing, surmounted by consoles rising to breaks in cornice. The heads of the
upper floor window panels are stepped out to wall face which originally had
eaves cornice, now with plain capping.

Listing NGR: SP0616487527

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Source: English Heritage

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