Wedge Group going back to its roots
A HISTORIC Black Country industrial firm has unveiled its new headquarters following the renovation of a former school building.
Wedge Group Galvanizing, one of the largest hot-dip galvanizing businesses in the UK, has renovated the old Central School, in Stafford Street, Willenhall, just yards from the site where it was founded nearly 150 years ago.
The multimillion-pound redevelopment project has provided Wedge with modern new offices and facilities.
The building features a clock tower that has been refurbished and protected as part of a scheme.
Managing director Chris Woolridge said: “Our new headquarters are on the very street where the foundations of our business began.
“The former Central School has been derelict for more than a decade but our investment will see this historic site given a brand new lease of life and the opportunity to be a revered landmark in the community once again. Next year, we’ll celebrate 150 years since John Wedge began a galvanizing operation in Willenhall and what better way to do that than by continuing headquarters.”
Michael Bates, director of architecture Tweedale which designed the project, added: “This has been a fantastic project to be involved in because of the challenge of creating a design that complements and enhances elements of the existing locally listed building in a conservation area, respecting its history and key features.
“The design provides a contemporary, first-class working environment and will give the building a new life for many years to come.” his legacy in new
> The former Central School, in Willenhall, has become a new head office for Wedge Group Galvanizing