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 discover some of the trades, innovations and inventions of the Jewellery Quarter through creative exhibitions and installations. Free entry to exhibitions. Free ‘hands-on’ craft activities available every day we are open.
Also, on the ground floor is The Hive Café & Bakery; serving delicious organic and freshly made food, featuring ingredients from the rooftop garden, and great coffee.
We share the building with Argent College, a Ruskin Mill Trust specialist educational college for young people aged 16 – 25 with learning differences, which operates from the upper floors; including the roof where you’ll find the UK’s only bio-dynamically farmed rooftop garden. The tradition of craft and making in the building since 1879 continues today; the students are mastering the arts of jewellery, silversmithing, leatherwork, felting, catering, horticulture and candle making.
Until it was bought in 2014 by the sister educational charity Ruskin Mill Land Trust, the derelict Standard Works had been left empty and unused for over 28 years.
The New Standard Works is currently emerging from its third phase of redevelopment with thanks to Heritage Lottery Funding.
We'd love you to come and visit our wonderful grade II listed building in Vittoria Street at the heart of the 'Industrial Middle' of Birmingham's historic Jewellery Quarter; just a few minutes' walk from the metro, and around 15 mins away from the city centre. Information for visitors includes details of opening times, how to find us, where to park and our contact details. Click for details...Read more
Our historic building is easily accessible; there is a lift to the ground floor from the main entrance on the street, and a second lift to all floors of the building, including the rooftop garden. We provide alternative formats of heritage interpretation, including films with British Sign Language, text captions and audio. Access information includes details and images of the facilities and environment. Details when you click!Read more
Our grade II listed building is a fantastic resource for learning about the Jewellery Quarter, trade, craft & architecture. We can offer learning experiences for schools, life-long learning groups & families. Our exhibitions, art installations & building tours will help you understand about the history of the building. We also work collaboratively with local artisans to run craft experiences for you to learn skills & techniques & make beautiful things with your hands. Click for more details...Read more