Glasshouse College is breathing life back into a derelict building in the Jewellery Quarter. The Standard Works in Vittoria Street, built in 1879 and grade II listed, has stood empty for the past two decades.
The charity is setting up a specialist further education college, providing practical skills therapeutic education for young people aged 16-25 who have a range of emotional and learning difficulties, including Autistic Spectrum Disorders.
Alongside its work with students, the new project will bring activity into the Jewellery Quarter which the public can enjoy including a cafe (with its own continental bakery), JQ-made honey and produce from its rooftop horticultural garden, a dedicated space for visitors to learn about the history of the Jewellery Quarter, traditional arts & crafts workshops, start-up jeweller spaces and a basement auditorium for lectures, events and theatre.
Source: The Hockley Flyer January 2015 Issue No 354