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DISREPAIR TO DEMOLISHED: Corner premises in Wolverhampton to be knocked down

DISREPAIR TO DEMOLISHED: Corner premises in Wolverhampton to be knocked down

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A former mobile phone repair and accessories shop in Wolverhampton city centre is to be demolished and rebuilt after becoming structurally unsafe.

Crumbling brickwork and evidence of subsidence has been detected at the property on the corner of Broad Street and Thornley Street, last occupied by Fone Fusion  & Shakes.

Following an inspection by AEC architectural and engineering consultants, owner Mr Mekawsy Morsy, of Park Dale East, Wolverhampton, has been given council permission to demolish the premises and rebuild it.

Work will also include structural repairs and the building of a new frontage to the adjoining property, currently occupied by Chicky Chicken hot food takeaway.

A statement issued on behalf of agents AEC said: “The existing buildings, numbers 17 and 19 Broad Street, are in a conservation area. Number 17 is structurally unsound and having an adverse structural effect on No 19.

“As a consequence, the proposal is to demolish number 17 entirely and the frontage of number 19 and rebuild accordingly. The reconstruction will be contained within the existing footprint of the original building with no extensions.

“The yard to the rear of number 17 will be altered with different ground levels
to accommodate bin storage. This will allow additional private parking for the tenants in the flats above,” it added.

“With the building being located in a city conservation area and of historic interest, the new construction will match the existing building as far as practical.

“The area in this vicinity is in dire need of investment and the upgrading of properties. As a consequence of this, any improvement to this area would have a positive impact on the surroundings and encourage people to invest,” said the statement.

All existing special bricks will be reused in the work and new purpose-built bricks made if feature bricks are damaged. The development aims to bring the properties back to their former glory.

Words: Joe Sweeney, Local Democracy Reporter

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