Priory HouseSouthside, Birmingham
Residential conversion of a former laboratory building in the Southside district of Birmingham
Constructed in the 1950’s, Priory House has been a long-standing Government laboratory building for the Forensic
Science Services, but it has been out of commission for over 10 years. The client acquired the building
and approached D5 to re-invigorate and convert the former laboratory building in to 79 luxury apartments.
Based on a previous planning consent, D5 worked with the client and commercial team to redesign the scheme to
suit the current demand of this regeneration area. Working within the original fabric of this 7-storey building, we
made the most of the existing basement and sloping site to introduce a number of fantastic duplex apartments at
ground floor level. As well as the re-imagination of the main entrance along Gooch Street, we also took the
opportunity to include a series of external balconies to make the most of the views across the city, whilst
maintaining the industrial aesthetic of this iconic building.
A comprehensive strip-out was required, including all of the internal partitions and the myriad of services, restoring
the building back to its original structure before any works could begin. The first floor courtyard roof was also
removed to make way for the new residents’ courtyard.
Priory House (Birmingham) Ltd
Architect, Lead Designer, RIBA Stages 2-7
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