GMI Construction Group completes transformation of former James Cond print works


Libby Whitaker-Keating

GMI Construction Group has completed work to transform the former James Cond print works in Birmingham into a centre for sustainable construction, which will provide state-of-the-art courses and facilities for construction students

Created for University College Birmingham, the regeneration of the iconic art deco building, situated in the city’s Jewellery Quarter, preserves its rich heritage whilst transforming it as a home for specialist courses in modular methods of construction, retrofit and green technologies.

The construction skills centre will contribute to improving the sustainability of the construction industry by instructing students in the latest skills and technologies.

Current construction students also had an opportunity to get some hands-on learning experience by getting involved in the build project.

The project follows University College Birmingham’s refurbishment of Camden House.

Gareth Jones, Divisional Managing Director at GMI, said: “We are pleased to have contributed to future proofing and preserving this historic site, adapting it for a new use that will support the investment in this region’s infrastructure.

“It is also a source of particular pride that this building will deliver essential skills and training, unlocking a range of opportunities, for future generations of construction professionals.”

Neil Hughes, Director of Estates and Facilities, University College Birmingham, said: “Working with GMI on this project was a pleasure. They listened to the University and brought the sustainable features of the refurbishment to life, meeting the aspirations of the building’s end use as a sustainable construction training centre. We are thrilled to see the building meet such a high energy efficiency rating and benefit from solar panels to offset the energy usage. The team’s support has been exceptional, and we look forward to collaborating with them on future projects.”