Garth House, University of Birmingham

Garth House was constructed in 1900 and is a Grade II* listed building, being one of only five houses designed by William Bidlake (known as the man who built Birmingham).  We provided cost consultancy services on its transformation into a series of boutique individual hotel rooms, with seminar rooms for small meetings, events and dining.

Its current use, now guided by its historic character and heritage of the building has reduced the overall occupancy but created a high quality heritage environment which can be enjoyed, and its utilisation on the ground floor for small meetings and conferences and its use as hotel has increased the accessibility of this heritage asset to the public.

The project has generated much interest from local groups such as the Victorian Society and the local authority’s conservation team and has been well received by all who have seen it, it has become a popular venue for the university and community-based customers.

The building has been handed back to the university with a conservation management plan in place to ensure the hard work implemented as part of the refurbishment is continued and safeguards Garth House’s ongoing long-term future as an important heritage asset.

"The project was delivered to a tight Programme and budget but has achieved a high quality and much needed commercially attractive venue, and despite only being launched last September is already reaping the benefits of the project outcomes by exceeding revenue targets from event and accommodation bookings together with excellent guest experience feedback." - Andy Stone, Senior Project Surveyor, University of Birmingham Estates Office

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