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STOAS Office Refurbishment

Coleshill Manor, Birmingham

  • Location
    Coleshill Manor, Birmingham
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  • Client
    STOAS Architects


As part of our planned move to a new office premises in 2019 we undertook refurbishment works to a grade two listed former Manor House. The annexe to the main house formerly served as a chapel, with character features throughout that could be enhanced and developed as part of the design.

Our Challenge

Working within a grade two listed former Manor House we needed to be sympathetic to the history of the building whilst providing contemporary offices that met our commercial needs, we also needed to ensure that the building would conform with all current legislation and upgrade necessary amenities. The challenges we had to overcome were amplified by a short design and construction period before our move.

Our Solution

Interventions were identified as being the most suitable way of introducing contemporary design items into the historic context, this would allow an easy distinction to be made between the new and old. Plywood and Maple were used as base materials for all new interventions, providing warmth and complementary colour to the existing material palette found throughout the building – The discovery of a Minton floor in reception was a great benefit.