Family firm complete Glassworks renovation

Family firm complete Glassworks renovation

A £3.25m luxury residential renovation on the Royal Brierley Glassworks in Dudley has been completed by property developer J G Woodcock.

The heritage site, which dates back to 1776, had been in a state of ruin for more than 10 years, but has now been transformed into a residential development of 10 two and three bed houses, and 17 apartments.

The family-run firm, now overseen by contracts manager John Turner who took over from his father in 2014 after he sadly passed away, enlisted insurance firm CRL to provide structural defects insurance, protecting the properties with a 10-year warranty certification.

Mr Turner said the insurance strengthened the firm’s ability to implement their father’s vision of creating luxury homes for families in the community, while restoring the historic building.

“We needed a project partner to assist and support us on the scheme,” said Mr Turner.

“CRL was that partner, they formed a relationship with us and made the process easy as opposed to creating more red tape and resistance. 

“There was a lot of emotion involved in this project for our family and they were sensitive to the circumstances as well as the unusual stage of construction to be instructed.”

Chris Branigan, Relationship Manager for CRL, said: “The conversion of the existing heritage building meant John and his team had a lot of restrictions placed on the build, we were able to take these into consideration and find a sustainable warranty solution that fitted our client’s specific requirements.”