In partnership with Birmingham City Council, Wates Living Space has transformed Barry Jackson Tower in Birmingham, a disused 20-storey tower block, into much-needed temporary accommodation for up to 160 families who may have otherwise been living in emergency bed and breakfast or hotel accommodation.
Originally earmarked for demolition, the work involved a full back-to-frame strip-out of the tower, and has brought the 1970s building up to modern standards. It now provides 17 floors of accommodation, two recreational floors and one management office floor.
Modern life-safety equipment – essential due to the building’s height, occupation density and recent changes in fire safety regulations – has been installed throughout, including sprinklers, fire lifts, wet and dry risers, automatic opening ventilators, smoke extraction systems and automatic door actuators, complete with a stand-by generator and new water tanks.
This project represents a significant investment in providing improved standards of accommodation for vulnerable people in Birmingham and places the council one step closer to eliminating the use of bed and breakfast accommodation for families facing homelessness.