One of only two grade II* buildings within the JQTH area, the building has some striking architectural features including the red brick and stone dressing. Built in 1863 for W.E. Wiley, a manufacturer of gold pens, it also was unique in that it also housed a Turkish Bath. The building is now owned by Midlands Industrial Association Ltd and is home to the Pen Museum and many different businesses.
The building was in need of external repair with evidence of failing brickwork and stonework. These works were required not just to improve the aesthetics of the building but also to ensure the building remained structurally sound and wind and watertight. The windows were also inefficient and in need of an overhaul. The building originally had two pyramidal corner turrets which had been removed at some point in its history and it was decided that the reinstatement of these turrets, based on the original design, would enhance the building.
The JQTH grant scheme is part funding these works and the project is anticipated to finish early 2021.
Argent Centre Turrets
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