The New Standard Works is an impressive and iconic four-storey grade II listed factory in Vittoria Street in Birmingham's historic Jewellery Quarter. The building is full of creativity, enterprise & heritage; its industrial past is reflected within the public area on the ground floor called The Hive, which includes an organic Café & Bakery, Heritage room, Makers Studio and Exhibition Spaces. Also in the building is Argent College, operated by Ruskin Mill Trust.
The New Standard Works was derelict for 20 years before undergoing a massive make-over by Ruskin Mill Land Trust, which started in 2014. Work to develop new areas in the building is ongoing.
Richard O'Brien, Birmingham Poet Laureate 2018-2020, was commissioned to write a poem about our amazing building and all the things that have happened inside its four walls in the past, and today since its new lease of life.
We hope you enjoy it!
At the New Standard Works in the heart of Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter, a first floor roof has been strengthened and a beautiful new rooftop garden has emerged out of the industrial decay. Please visit our subsite www.thehiveJQ.org for more information.
The Hive Cafe and Bakery provides a warm welcome in the heart of Birmingham's famous Jewellery Quarter, with delicious pastries, cake, bread and meals. Come and visit us. Try our coffee! Please visit us at The Hive subsite. www.thehiveJQ.org
The Hive at New Standard Works is located on the ground floor of a Grade II listed former jewellery manufactory, built in 1879. Explore the building’s industrial heritage and contemporary uses through creative exhibitions and installations throughout the ground floor which includes a Heritage Room, Gallery and Makers Studio. Free entry to exhibitions and ‘hands-on’ craft activities available every day we are open. Please can we redirect you to our subsite www.thehiveJQ.org