The Restoration Project
Making Restoration Possible
Following listing an approach was made from Dudley
MBC to the West
Midlands Historic Buildings Trust to suggest that the building
could benefit from the Trust's involvement. Contact was established
between the Trust and Dysons
in December 1996.
Dysons placed the property for sale on the open market in August
2000 but without success.
In July 2001, Dysons agreed in principle to transfer ownership of
the building to the Trust, together with a small parcel of adjoining
land that could become a car-park for the building.
The Trust began the process of restoration by commissioning Mr
Robert Tolley of S.T.Walker
& Duckham in Worcester (architect and subsequently lead
consultant for the project) to propose a scheme that could be acceptable
to all parties.
In January 2003 ownership of the property was transferred to the
West Midlands Historic Buildings Trust and an application submitted
to the Heritage
Lottery Fund for a Heritage Grant toward the costs of this restoration
project. See the funding page
for more details about costs and funding.
Resulting from a formal tendering process, Birmingham-based William
Sapcote & Sons Ltd were appointed as contractors to carry
out the restoration work.