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St Luke's - Gas Street, Birmingham

The former Gas Retort House on Gas Street, Birmingham has been purchased by the Church of England for development into a second place of worship in the parish of St Luke's.

The Gas Retort House was originally used for coal gas production for street lighting in Birmingham from 1822; subsequently it was used as a metals factory.  The building maintain a prominent place 150m from Broad Street and is double fronted between Gas Street and Berkley Street.  Currently the building is a vast shell, consisting of five large high single storey spaces with many Georgian features which aid its Grade II Listing.  There is very limited lighting, no heating, water and drainage and all of its doors and windows have been boarded up for many years.

Through various funding streams this long term building project is due to commence in May with Phase 1. Initially Mossvale were appointed to assist with the programme, budget and procurement of the sub-contract packages for this prestigious contract.

Works commenced on 4th May with a programme period of 12 weeks.

Phase 1 of this historic buildings transformation into the main venue for the Resourcing Church commences with the decoration of the ornate roof trusses.  Construction of piling and structural steelwork in order to erect the mezzanine floor (ready for Phase 2) will then take place.

Other works will include the complete new installation of mechanical, heating and ventilation systems and new plant room.  New incoming services - gas, electric, water and telecommunications.  Plus the replacement of aluminum external feature windows and automatic doors, re-pointing of the feature exposed brickwork, re-roofing repairs, installation of acoustic design panels, and new disabled toilet and the carcass for the kitchen and toilet blocks.

Finally, 650 m² timber floating flooring will be installed in order to preserve the archaeological features of the original building. 





Church of England Diocese



St Luke's, Gas Street, Birmingham





Project Dates

Phase 1 - May 2015

12 week programme