STEAMhouse (previously Belmont Works), Eastside - A Birmingham Gem!

This restoration of the former Belmont Works building dating back to 1899 includes the construction of a 5-storey new-build element for Birmingham City University and STEAMhouse.

STEAMhouse (previously Belmont Works),

Cardigan Street,


Birmingham. B4

View site map HERE.

DEVELOPER:  Goodman Group UK 

OCCUPIER:  Birmingham City University 

ARCHITECTS:  Aukett Swanke 

FUNDING PARTNERS:  Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, GBSLEP 


M&E:  Derry Building Services

QUANTITY SURVEYOR:  Faithful & Gould


CONTRACTOR:  Bowmer & Kirkland 


In brief

The listed Belmont Works, built in 1899 and located within Eastside, will become home to STEAMhouse  - a collaborative space for businesses and creatives to work together on new business ideas, concepts and creations. It will also be home to Birmingham City University’s School of Computing and Digital Technology.

As well as becoming home to BCU’s School of Computing, facilities will contain state-of-the-art Grade A office accommodation, 5G service, laser cutting machinery, virtual reality technology, printing studios, and 3D printers.

Belmont Works is an iconic city centre building destroyed by fire in 2007.  It has has been restored as part of a £60m project in Birmingham’s emerging Learning Quarter.


The story of the build

The façade was comprehensively rebuilt and restored, with extensions – including the buildings former 27m water town – to the site’s rear, as well as a new 5-storey behind the restored building, complete with a top floor roof terrace space and glass atrium that now links with Belmont Works.


Prior to work commencing



Restoration of Belmont Works & Construction of STEAMHouse2 - A Birmingham Gem!

Photography by Stephen Giles




August 2019 - February 2021 

Photography by Ian Humphries

Photography by Ian Humphries

Photography by Stephen Giles

Photography by Elliott Brown


February 2021 onwards

Photography by Elliott Brown


April 2022

To be continued .....



Project dates

14 Sep 2020 - On-going


History & heritage, Construction & regeneration, Education
Modern Architecture, Classic Architecture


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Jonathan Bostock

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