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Town centre building to get makeover

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A Dudley town centre building located on Wolverhampton Street is set to benefit from £100,000 of restoration works as part of Dudley Council’s heritage regeneration programme.

The property at 216 Wolverhampton Street, where Bonham & Butler Opticians is based, has been identified for the conservation work due to its heritage value and the positive impact the works will have on the town centre conservation area.   

It will be supported by grant assistance through the Townscape Heritage programme, which is funded through the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Dudley Council.

Work is due to start on site early in March and will see comprehensive repair to the exterior of the building, including roof repairs, repairs to the render and moulding details, reinstatement of windows to historic form and a new shopfront.

It is due to be completed during spring 2020 and will help enhance the conservation area, as well as securing the future of this historic building in the heart of Dudley.

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

We are working with businesses in the conservation area of Dudley town centre to enhance the attractiveness of the area and to preserve historic buildings for future generations.
This building makes a high contribution to the area but has suffered from unsympathetic alterations in the past and is in need of repair. I would like to thank businesses and shoppers for their patience while we undertake these important works.

The building is one of a terrace of three buildings from the early 19th century with stucco facades displaying Classical and Egyptianate detailing. It will have scaffolding to its exterior, but the business will be open as usual throughout the works.

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