Plans to relocate Birmingham’s Assay office can now go ahead following the sale of its landmark building in Newhall Street.
It will move to a purpose-built headquarters in the Jewellery
Quarter, which will be completed by next year.
Established in 1773 by an Act of Parliament, the Assay Office
Birmingham - one of only four in the country - currently employs
around 120 staff who are responsible for the testing, verifying and
hallmarking of several million articles of precious metal each
In recent years The Assay Office has diversified into other
sectors and now provides a range of independent conformance testing
for jewellery and fashion accessories as well as jewellery and
watch valuations and gemstone verification.
Stella Layton, chief executive and Assay Master at the
Birmingham Assay Office, said: "The completion of our new building
on Icknield Street will allow our business to develop and diversify
our range of services further and perform more efficiently,
offering a better and safer facility for our employees and our
"The new building will host our heritage silver collection and
library, making this valuable resource more readily
accessible to the trade, the public and those who wish to use it
for educational and research purposes."
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