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Former Merlin's is now looking magic

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The £580,000 transformation of a former wine bar in Dudley town centre has been completed – with a leading borough recruitment firm moving in.

MET Recruitment has bought the building from the council and is making the former Merlin’s bar in Wolverhampton Street its new home. The Mayor of Dudley, Councillor Alan Taylor, will officially cut a ribbon tomorrow (Fri) to declare it open.

Dudley Council has been a major driver in the transformation of this heritage asset, which has stood empty for 20 years. The building has been in a dilapidated condition for many years. 

Before and after - the former Merlin's as it is now

Councillor Ian Kettle, cabinet member for regeneration and enterprise, said:

This is an important site and we are delighted that it is being brought back into use.
This refurbishment is part of wider plans to regenerate Wolverhampton Street, a key gateway into the town centre. With plenty of other schemes going on in Dudley town centre, including the redevelopment of Cavendish House, it will redefine the town for a generation.

MET Recruitment’s previous base was also in Wolverhampton Street next to Dixy Chicken, the former KFC. 

Robin Tong, managing director of MET Recruitment, said:

We are expanding as a business and had outgrown our former premises, so we were really pleased to go ahead with the expansion whilst still remaining in the town centre.
We have been recruiting in and around the Black Country now for nearly 10 years, and have always been proud to have a base right at the heart of the area.
With all the plans the council have to regenerate Dudley, it’s an exciting time for the town and we wanted to remain a part of it.
We’re now looking forward to opening the doors and welcoming candidates and clients to the new premises.

The work involved internal refurbishments, structural repairs and substantial repair of the 19th century fabric of the building. The project will also see repair and reinstatement of the historic shopfronts and a former bay window, restoring the architectural interest of these attractive historic buildings.

The project has been managed by the council with funding through the Townscape Heritage programme, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, and funding from the Local Enterprise Partnership.  

It is the first of a number of projects to be carried out through the Townscape Heritage scheme over the next few years, which will invest in Dudley’s heritage to help stimulate economic activity and is part of the wider regeneration proposals in the town.  It builds on enhancements delivered through the first phase of the Townscape Heritage Initiative, which included projects such as the Old Glass House on Stone Street Square.

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