As a further update on our last post, today a report on the progress of the building company working on 1-7 Sherbourne Road Acocks Green appeared on a website called Insider Media Limited. Click on the link for their report on1-7 Sherbourne Road, Acocks Green We took photographs today. It is a shame about the upvc window frames, which stand out oddly, the original. The distinctive green detail around the windows is missing, likewise, the ornate barge boards. However, good to see that a lot of the original bricks do, indeed, as promised, seem to have been used and, particularly cheering to see the very careful replacement of all the original corbels below the eaves.
7 Sherbourne Road – new frontage – work still ongoing.
The new frontage is fairly similar to the older one next door, in appearance. Acocks Green people would still rather have had the buildings they had before (see comment on our previous post) and we will continue to press for a Conservation Area in the vicinity of this development; a walk with Conservation Officer Mike Hodder to make initial plans for our own DIY Conservation Area takes place next week, and after that we will be inviting the involvement of local people and putting up updates. However, despite the ugly new window frames and the other missing features the care and attention paid to the now surviving detail in this rebuild shows what can be achieved in a work of reconstruction – other developers please take note.