City of Wolverhampton Regenerating Buildings Preservation Trust

Dedicated to the Conservation of Historic Buildings in the West Midlands and Worcestershire

The City of Wolverhampton Regenerating Buildings Preservation Trust (CoWRBPT)

The City of Wolverhampton Regenerating Buildings Trust was established in 2002. Its objectives are:

“To preserve for the benefit of the people of the City of Wolverhampton (and the United Kingdom) the historical, architectural and constructional heritage that may exist in and around the City of Wolverhampton in buildings of particular beauty or historical, architectural or constructional interest”

In 2016 the Preservation Trust entered into a Collaboration Agreement with the West Midlands Historic Building Trust, and the Worcestershire Buildings Preservation Trust. This will enhance its ability to pursue further projects in and around the City of Wolverhampton.

The three Trusts are run by a single Management Committee made up of specialists in the field of building conservation. These individuals serve as Trustees and give their time, on a volunatry basis, to support the activities of the Trusts.

Projects and Activities

The Trust has worked in partnership with the City of Wolverhampton to:

  • establish a Buildings at Risk List;
  • successfully restore 12 George Street, Wolverhampton - a Georgian Property;
  • complete the restoration of the Heath Town War Memorial;
  • upgrade the envelopes of 28 Georgian and 18th Century Commercial & Retail Properties on the current Queen Street Townscape Heritage project.

In 2010 the Trust received a bequest on the death of the Architect Brian Weller. This is an on-going project to make available the information on and promote the architectural work by the Architectural practice, Weller Associates. This practice originated in Wolverhampton and majored in the Arts & Crafts style. See more in the Wolverhampton and Black Country Archives.

12 George Street, Wolverhampton
12 George Street in 2004 and 2007

The Grade 11 listed building at 12 George Street, Wolverhampton was the earliest house within the planned Georgian development that extended from the square surrounding the church of St John, Wolverhampton. The house was built in 1790 by Benjamin Mander who formed the Mander Company with his brother, a japanning business later expanding into paints and inks. By the early 2000s the property was in bad repair and in some areas falling apart.

The CoWRBPT purchased the property and restored it to its architectural context with

  • a grant of £252,500 from HLF;
  • a grant of £92,430 from Wolverhampton City Council; and
  • the realised sale of the conversion into 3 residential properties in mid-2007.
Heath Town War Memorial
Heath Town War Memorial

In partnership with Wolverhampton City Council the CoWRBPT managed the Project to replace the gate and railings to Heath Town War Memorial which was completed in mid-2015. This was outstanding from work carried out by the City Council in 2008.

The existing War Memorial which had been unveiled in 1920 to commemorate the 1914-1918 Great War, was possibly the oldest war memorial in Wolverhampton. All ironwork to Heath Town Park had been removed during the 2nd World War.

The new fencing and gate is designed to reflect similar ironwork details of this period elsewhere in the City. This project was funded by the War Memorials Trust with a 75% grant, the balance being provided by the Trust.

Queen Street Townscape Heritage Initiative
Queen Street Townscape Heritage Project

Wolverhampton City Council received a grant from HLF for the Queen Street Gateway Townscape Heritage Scheme, Wolverhampton. It has entered into a Collaboration Agreement with a number of Partners including the CoWRBPT.

The programme of Grant assisted works is targeted towards buildings of architectural and historic interest. Eligible works comprise repairs to the external fabric of the buildings and enhancements involving the replication of lost features of architectural interest.

Grants of £864,100 from HLF and £250,000 from Wolverhampton City Council are available for eligible work. The grants can be awarded at levels of 70% or 85% depending upon the type of work, and subject to the owner's contribution and private wider work. The overall projected cost is £2.289m including private contributions.

This 3 year project commenced in mid-2015, and includes Community Engagement activities and Skills Training.