Iconic former tyre warehouse has been bought back to life by Urban Splash and architect shedkm

The Fort Dunlop building in Birmingham has officially been reopened by developer Urban Splash.

The former tyre warehouse has been converted into a mix of commercial, reatail and leisure space and includes a 100-bed Travelodge hotel.

The building now features a green roof and architect shedkm has incorporated an atrium skylight and double-glazed inner glass skin to bring more light into the heart of the building.

shedkm director Hazel Rounding said, “It was vital that Fort Dunlop was redeveloped through a design-led approach that respected the existing building yet inserted modern elements where appropriate."

Urban Splash chairman Tom Bloxham said: “We believe that we’ve kept the beautiful classical form of the building and made it even better, providing not only a new vibrant commercial function to the building, but also an exciting form.”

The building was delivered by Urban Splash Build. It worked alongside Advantage West Midlands which inherited the site from English Partnerships in 1999 and funded the reclamation of the site.