New 55,000 sq ft building to be located in Jewellery Quarter.

The Birmingham Assay office has unveiled its submission for a planning application to build a new Assay Office building in the Jewellery Quarter.

The new building proposal has been 18 months in the pipeline and was designed “to ensure that it addresses the needs of the Assay Office as a secure, flexible facility”.


The proposed new Assay Office building will allow the business to continue to diversify and widen its range of services and innovative initiatives.

It will also provide a new home for the Assay Office’s heritage collection to make it more readily accessible to members of the public.

The 55,000 sq ft building has been designed by Glazzard Architects. It will occupy a landmark position at a key entrance to the Jewellery Quarter at Icknield Street.

The building plans have been created in close co-operation with the planning department and conservation and local interest groups.

Michael Allchin, chief executive and assay master at the Birmingham Assay Office, said: “This project is all about the future of The Assay Office. Our traditional hallmarking work needs a fit-for-purpose 21st Century facility and our other business activities are growing strongly.

“This move is essential. We need to be able to carry out our work more productively and so need modern and efficient space. Add to that built-in security, reduced operating costs and much better working conditions for all our team, then it becomes the only way forward.”

The new building should open in 2014.The Birmingham Assay Office has been located at its current premises in Newhall Street for 135 years, with 120 employees based at the facility.