Cathedral Coffee

The Birmingham Post has reported Caffe Nero moves into Cathedral Place with the news that Caffe Nero is the first tenant in the £1.5 million refurbished 42-44 Waterloo Street, the former Birmingham Midshires premises.

No 42-44 Waterloo Street, the former Birmingham Midshires, on the left in this photo.

Caffe Nero is taking a ground floor suite on a 15 year lease with the remaining five upper floors having been refurbished to Grade A office standard by Ibex Construction. The building which is Grade II* listed, originally Ocean Assurance, is turn of the century by Mansell & Mansell.

1900-02 by Mansell & Mansell. A fine office block in brick and cream terracotta, the steel structure firmly expressed in the brick and terracotta grid of the facade. Built for the Ocean Insurance Corporation, with their initials, and bands of roses and thistles, and waves and fishes, o the corner oriel. Finely moulded entrance. Shallow canted end bays. Delightful fantasy at the top: ogee windows, parapet wit heart-shaped piercings, two-stage turret, end gables with brick and terracotta diapering. Ground floor windows lowered 1983.
Birmingham: Pevsner Architectural Guides (Pevsner City Guide),A Foster, 2005

The office space has been developed to bring 'Mayfair-style' office accommodation and accompanies a refurbished fully glazed facade on Waterloo Street in the extension to the original building.


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