Shaylor Group’s restoration project of the Christopher Wray Lighting Factory came into the spotlight this week with the visit of newly elected West Midlands Mayor Andy Street. Andy visited site on Monday 12th June to learn more about the complex refurbishment of the iconic listed building, taking place alongside the construction of a new 15 storey student accommodation block.
Situated in bustling Eastside Park and surrounded by educational institutes, student accommodation and the Thinktank Museum, this prominent redevelopment project will bring the now derelict building back into active use. The completed project will provide student accommodation, retail units, office space and bars. Hosted by Shaylor Group CEO Stephen Shaylor, Andyenjoyed a walkthrough of the project whilst learning of its rich history, joined by developer C-zero owner Simon Linford, Shaylor Group Heritage Specialist Richard Sapcote and senior site management.
Shaylor Group CEO Stephen Shaylor commented “It was a pleasure hosting Andy on site and walking through the project in these early stages. We are incredibly proud to be transforming a building with this much historical and local significance and were delighted when Andy expressed an interest in joining us on site. We are really pleased to see him immediately rolling his sleeves up and getting stuck into local business concerns.”
Andy Street said: “Eastside is receiving a huge amount of attention and investment at the moment with HS2 set to arrive on the doorstep in the next ten years. That’s why I am particularly pleased to see the Christopher Wray site being saved. I think most Brummies will be familiar with this building and it’s been in a sorry state for many years now. I would like to congratulate everybody involved for a project which will not only be a valuable addition to the skyline in Birmingham, but also preserves an important part of our heritage.”