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05. November 2008

UK - Multi-million pound hotel to transform metal casting factory site

Wolverhampton - A new multi-million pound upmarket hotel will transform one of Wolverhampton’s oldest industrial sites. It has taken a step closer to reality, as full details about the plans are unveiled.

Developers want to create a striking 120-bedroom hotel as part of a £20 million development on the former Metal Castings factory site, off Penn Road. The seven-storey hotel building is set to stand among a leisure complex of shops, restaurants and office as well as more than 270 homes.

The former Metal Castings site in Graiseley Hill has been home to automotive and specialist metal casting businesses in the manufacturing industry for more than 100 years.

But since the factory closed in 2004 with the loss of 40 jobs, the site has been unused and become an eyesore.

It was sold to Metal Castings around a decade ago and the factory made car and washing machine parts before its closure.

On a specialist website set up about the multi-million pound development, bosses said: “The proposal will transform an empty, decaying industrial site into an exciting, vital and positive architectural addition to the street scene.

“The commercial elements of the proposal will also generate a significant number of new employment opportunities.”

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