Leading Midlands landlord whg has been shortlisted for a regional preservation award for its work to revive four high rise blocks in Walsall.
The landlord has made it through to the finals in the Preservation and Rejuvenation category of the West Midlands Celebrating Construction Awards.
Two projects have been put forward for the prestigious awards; Warewell Close, on Lower Rushall Street, and Little London and Wood House, in Caldmore.
whg spent nearly a year restoring Warewell Close, which consists of two of whg’s most iconic and recognisable blocks, within a prominent position overlooking the town centre of Walsall. The five storey blocks of flats, which were built in the 1950’s in a post-art deco style, feature unusual projecting balconies and detailed architecture typical of the era. whg worked with Wates Living Space to refurbish the entire blocks, while still remaining sympathetic and true to the original design.
whg wanted to refurbish and improve the energy performance of two high rise blocks at Little London House and Wood House. The work included new external wall insulation, new windows to all flats and communal areas, new balconies and enhancement works. As two of the most recognisable blocks in Walsall, and, at 16 floors tall, these buildings stand as modern landmarks. whg was challenged with the extensive renovation of the buildings while also preserving the striking architecture
Director of Energy and Programme Management Paul Dockerill said; “Our projects are not just about the buildings; our work impacts on the people that live in our homes.
“Fuel poverty is a key consideration for whg as part of our investment planning and creating homes that become communities, and this work will help customers save money on their energy bills and enjoy a warmer home.”
Project Manager Dorthe Jones said: “We are delighted to be shortlisted for these extensive refurbishment projects which have made a significant improvement to the Walsall skyline.
“Not only have we succeeded in preserving and rejuvenating the architectural features of these buildings, we have greatly improved their thermal efficiency, and it is anticipated that customers will make substantial savings on their fuel bills.”
whg will find out if they have won at the ICC, Birmingham, on Friday 12 April.
The West Midlands Celebrating Construction Awards bring together the industry and celebrate the best in the Midlands built environment.