Building The JQ

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This article is from our latest issue of JQ Life. See our website to read the full magazine online for free.


The Jewellery Quarter is awash with new upcoming developments that will rejuvenate the entire area. The developments will provide new places for people to live, work and enjoy all the JQ has to offer, and mix the old JQ we know and love with a new modern outlook. So far, the new builds total just under 2,500 new apartments, which means more and more people will soon be calling the JQ home. We’ve rounded up some exciting developments to give you a vision of what the JQ will have to offer.

Hockley Mills

Hockley Mills is an exciting development built on the site of a former tyre manufacturer. Adjacent to the Jewellery Quarter’s train and tram station, Hockley Mills, developed by Blackswan Property, will bring 397 new apartments to the area, along with commercial space, office space, retail units and workshops. The £110million pound project will consist of eight buildings, all in-keeping with the JQ’s unique heritage and architecture. The project is due for completion by 2025.

Great Charles Street

Encapsulating the Jewellery Quarter’s architectural heritage and mixing it with the modern, Moda Living’s Great Charles Street development will stand on an open space, on the border of the JQ and the City Centre. The site will be home to a new 39-storey tower building, surrounded below by the traditional brick work the JQ is known for. This development is currently awaiting approval now that plans have been submitted. We hope that this development will soon become a reality!

The Gothic

Consisting of numerous derelict and Grade II listed buildings, The Gothic lies on the site of the former Gothic pub. Currently in its design phase, Blackswan Property’s vision is to transform the site into both apartments on the upper levels, and independent commercial units at the bottom. They plan to mix an inspirational blend of old and new into the project, breathing new life into this iconic building.

Lionel House

Lionel House is a 14-storey complex, due for completion in 2021. The exciting new build will feature 259 one, two and three bedroom apartments for rent. Developed by Winvic, the project will feature ground floor space for new retail units, along with a fantastic roof terrace, offering 360 views around the whole city.

St Paul’s Quarter

The Jewellery Quarter is getting a brand new neighbourhood. St Paul’s Quarter is a four-acre residential led, mixed-use scheme featuring over 320 new apartments. The site will also feature 100,000ft of commercial space, as well as affordable retail and business space across its 20 buildings. The site will also feature a new public square, as well as restoring two Grade II-listed buildings to their former glory.

Key Hill Studios

Currently awaiting planning approval, Key Hill Studios is a fantastic development, which will see a 100,000 sq. ft area of the Jewellery Quarter transformed into a creative hub. The area will feature film, photography, music, digital and jewellery studios, as well as commercial, retail and residential units. The development also plans to refurbish one of the Jewellery Quarter’s oldest buildings, the Grade II-listed Harry Smith building, which dates back to 1824.

There are many more exciting developments happening around the JQ – visit the JQBID site to find out more.

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