K4 Architects is to redevelop Birmingham’s former Central Fire Station and West Midlands Fire Service Headquarters as part of a £50m project that will provide a new commercial hub to the Eastside Learning Quarter and create more than 100 jobs.
The building will be transformed into student accommodation, as well as retail, leisure and business space.
The 30-storey tower, decommissioned in 2006, will be integrated within the former fire station making it one of the tallest buildings in Birmingham.
The barrel-vaulted former ballroom will be restored to create a recreation space and the oak-lined boardroom will become a private study area after the renovation.
The development also provides 17,000ft² of mixed commercial floor space and a new publicly accessible courtyard created from the former firemen’s drill yard.
Funding for the project is already committed, and subject to planning permission, the developer Watkin Jones intends to start work on the existing building before the end of 2011.
The project is scheduled for completion in 2013.