Wedge Group go­ing back to its roots

Birmingham Post - - COMMERCIAL PROPERTY -

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

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