The Standard Works to Become College

Glasshouse College is breathing life back into a derelict building in the Jewellery Quarter. The Standard Works in Vittoria Street, built in 1879 and grade II listed, has stood empty for the past two decades.

The charity is setting up a specialist further education college, providing practical skills therapeutic education for young people aged 16-25 who have a range of emotional and learning difficulties, including Autistic Spectrum Disorders.

Alongside its work with students, the new project will bring activity into the Jewellery Quarter which the public can enjoy including a café (with its own continental bakery), JQ-made honey and produce from its rooftop horticultural garden, a dedicated space for visitors to learn about the history of the Jewellery Quarter, traditional arts & crafts workshops, start-up jeweller spaces and a basement auditorium for lectures, events and theatre.

Birmingham Conservation Trust is assisting in this first development stage, and would like to invite you to help shape their plans. Just a few minutes of your time could help win grants for the Standard Works’ refurbishment (including from the Lottery).

The on-line survey includes images of the building now as well as the plans for its future…oh, and only a few questions! To encourage responses, there is a £25 Love2shop high street gift voucher up for grabs in a prize draw – Deadline 1 June 2014. Take part in the short survey now by copying and pasting this link into your browser:

Opportunity to look behind the scenes of the Standard Works: On Saturday 14 June there is a chance to look around the building. You’ll need to book on a FREE tour, so please follow the link below to reserve your place.

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