The Old Glass House - Priory Street, Dudley
The conversion of a locally listed building, home to Dudley’s first fire station and former glassworks, in Dudley town centre into a Bistro Bar and Café on the ground floor with Offices above.
Project Bistro & Offices
Location Priory Street, Dudley
Client Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council
The works comprised the conversion of a locally listed building, home to Dudley’s first fire station and former glassworks, in Dudley town centre into a Bistro Bar and Café on the ground floor with offices and associated areas on the 1st floor.
Remains from the glassworks beneath the adjacent Stone Street Square was exposed with glazed screens and lighting and is also viewable through a feature glass floor. The project included the reinstatement of a number of architectural and heritage features, including the original fire station frontage following the removal of the 1970’s shop front, and the reconstruction of the main large timber fire station doors (constructed in the AMG joinery shop) to create a new direct access onto Priory Street.
The site was of significant local archaeological interest and was occupied by Dudley Flint Glass works since around 1770.
A new copper clad first floor extension was formed to replicate the look of the original water tower, and the existing brickwork recesses fronting Stone Square were opened up and infilled with glazed aluminium curtain walling. Internally, a glass observation floor was provided to showcase the 16th century archaeology below. Other work included the rebuilding of the former fire hose drying tower, reinstatement of all timber windows and doors (again, constructed in the AMG joinery shop), horse stables roofs, masonry repairs to brickwork and terracotta work, a second storey conversion and extension to accommodate offices and sundry facilities and stores.
A new lift was installed together with extensive offices and bistro fitting out works, extensive HVAC M&E installations, new pavings, drainage, external works and landscaping.
The project was commissioned by Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council and part financed by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Project Value £1.6M
Project Duration 40 Weeks
Form of Contract JCT with Quantities & CDP
Design Team Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council, Brownhill Hayward Brown, Hancock Wheeldon & Ascough, Nicol Thomas
Procurement Competitive single stage tender