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Luxury apartments plan at former arts school.

Byline: Report by James Pugh

Work is underway to deliver a PS3 million development, which will see a former art school converted into 12 luxury apartments in the West Midlands.

Developers Key Land Developments and Urban Village have joined forces in a joint venture to transform The Old Art School, Lichfield Road, Sutton Coldfield, into a high specification development of one and twobedroom homes.

Contractors have begun stripping out the building and two show apartments are expected to be launched in August. The development is expected to reach practical completion by November.

The Old Art School is a Georgian-style building constructed in the early 20th Century. It sits within the Anchorage Road Conservation Area. Five two-bedroom and seven one-bedroom apartments will be created over four floors. Character features of the Grade II listed building, next to Bishop Vesey Grammar School and BMet College, will be retained.

The development is being delivered by Birmingham-based business partners Kevin Patrick Sharkey, director of Key Land Capital PLC, and Nick Sellman, chief executive of Urban Village.

The two businessmen are already working together on the PS15 million Knights House office-to-residential conversion in Sutton Coldfield, which includes 63 apartments with 12 penthouses with views over Sutton Park.

Kevin said: "The Old Art School really is a wonderful building and we will be retaining as much of the original character as possible. It's a real privilege to be able to bring life back to this historic building which has been vacant for some time.

"The development is an exciting project which will create 12 luxurious apartments in a fantastic location, walking distance from the train station and town centre."

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Publication:Express and Star (Wolverhampton, England)
Date:Jul 25, 2019
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