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Business use suspended as house reverts to home

Posted by Trevor
December 23, 2011 in Residential

A family of Birmingham travel agents have purchased Hawthorn House, a Grade II listed building, to the relief of local historians and conservation societies who feared that the impressive Georgian mansion would be redeveloped into flats.

The venture involves several members of the Sandhu family who have lived and worked in the Handsworth Wood area for almost 25 years and who are planning to restore the magnificent house back into a comfortable family home. With an original purchase price of £775,000, the renovations are expected to cost a similar amount and take around two years to complete.

The property, which has fifty rooms, has been owned by the local authority since the 1940s and has been used for a number of purposes over the years, firstly as a children’s home and in more recent years as council offices and the community library.

The current restoration plans include a huge family kitchen and family rooms on one side of the impressive hallway and a number of well-appointed guest rooms on the other side of the house. As part of the renovation, the IT cabling will be stripped out and the partition walls and  suspended ceilings  suspended ceilings installed to convert the house for office use will be removed, revealing the original architectural features. Some of these, including the imposing sweeping staircase, glorious stained glass windows and ornate plaster friezes and coving are obvious, but other features, including solid oak floors, have been covered by the trappings of modern business.

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