The Tea Factory?

Author: Andy Hartwell

It seems like old factory’s make for successful ‘creative hubs’, although I am only basing this on the two examples of The Custard Factory here in Birmingham, and the Tobacco Factory in Bristol.

So how about the Tea Factory?

Typhoo Tea’s premises on Bordesley Street were in use from 1892 to 1978 and now remains largely unoccupied. I believe it is owned by Mohammed Latif (owner of the cash and carry in Digbeth), but have no idea of his intentions, if any. If anyone knows anymore i’d be very interested to hear.

The Custard Factory is obviously a great asset of Digbeth, but the retail element suffers due to lack of footfall. Developing the Tea Factory could provide an enticing link from the city centre to Digbeth, and it stands proud at the end of Fazeley canal which could be an awesome feature.