Good progress on gas showroom demolition

Published 22nd December 2017

Work to demolish the former West Bromwich Gas Showroom in the heart of West Bromwich is making good progress with the site set to be cleared by March 2018.

Sandwell Council is demolishing the building – sections of which are going to the Black Country Living Museum.

Councillor Paul Moore, the council’s cabinet member for regeneration, said: “We are making good progress on demolishing this derelict building, which has been a blight on the High Street for far too many years.

“Tiles, chimney pots, bricks and window frames have already been sent to the museum which curators there are keen to preserve.

“Once the showroom site is clear, it can be redeveloped. This removes a dangerous structure from the High Street and supports our ongoing work to regenerate West Bromwich town centre.”

David Pitt, head of historic buildings at Black Country Living Museum, said: "We've been delighted with the amount of material we've been able to recover from the gas showroom so far but the important part for us is the front façade which is now being taken down by hand to be delivered to the Museum in preparation for the rebuilding of the gas showroom to its 1950s splendour.

"We were also particularly excited to uncover and salvage a unique original stained glass window during the demolition which will form a focal point of the rebuilt spiral staircase."

The Black Country Living Museum is hoping to use the building materials from the gas showroom as part of a £21.7 million expansion of the museum that will depict Black Country life in the 1940s to 1960s.

The council, its contractors Coleman & Company and curators from the museum agreed a programme of works for the demolition of the building. The museum is paying the additional demolition costs to relocate the sections it wishes to preserve.

Demolition work is expected to be completed by March 2018. The museum expects to have the new facilities open by 2022. 

Do you remember the gas showroom in the 1940s, 50s & 60s? If so, the museum is looking for members of the community to share their stories.