Typhoo Wharf is my cup of tea

In this weekend’s Birmingham Post, architect, urban designer, and friend of Digbeth Joe Holyoak gave a firm thumbs up for the plans to inject new life into the former tea factory in Digbeth:

STEAMhouse is an acronym for science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics, but the evocation of the 18th century technology that created Birmingham is the same.

Coincidentally (perhaps) the name also includes the word TEA. The tea factory that STEAMhouse is going to occupy is part of the Typhoo works in Bordesley Street in Digbeth, in the Warwick Bar conservation area.

This is a big complex of locally listed buildings, owned by the Gooch Estate, mostly empty. There are actually three buildings, built between 1929 and 1950. They were all designed by the local architect Harry Weedon, nationally famous for his Art Deco designs for Odeon cinemas.

The Typhoo buildings are part of a street block of about three hectares or seven acres, which includes the canal basin where the tea arrived at the works from the London docks. It has an important location, close to the new HS2 terminal, and next to the Metro tram line which will go along High Street Deritend.

At this important gateway to Digbeth, the challenge will be to achieve the appropriate density and diversity for a new part of Digbeth, without resorting to city centre-type building heights. New buildings around the canal basin need be no taller than the Typhoo works in order to make a successful place.”

We agree Joe! 🙂

Click here to read the article in full.

Pamela Pinski

Digbeth and Proud

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