A GRADE-II listed building is set to be transformed into a mixed-use facility including offices, a restaurant and even a micro-brewery.

Wyre Forest District Council’s Cabinet agreed to purchase the Piano Building and adjacent bus station in Kidderminster town centre from its present owners Nuveen this week.

The council's takeover of the historic building, which was built as a wool warehouse by Brintons in 1867, has been funded through the Government’s £17.9m Levelling Up Fund (LUF) grant for Kidderminster.

The site was previously home to Birmingham Metropolitan College's Kidderminster Academy, which closed in 2019.

The council plans to renovate the building, with plans including a mix of office, co-working and hybrid working space, a micro-brewery, craft bar and restaurant, as well as an entertainment space and outdoor events space.

Kidderminster Shuttle: Councillor David Ross, councillor Marcus Hart and councillor Dan Morehead Councillor David Ross, councillor Marcus Hart and councillor Dan Morehead (Image: WFDC)

Councillor Marcus Hart, leader of Wyre Forest District Council said: “The council’s acquisition of the Piano Building and bus station represents another key part of the regeneration of Kidderminster town centre.

"We are very pleased to have completed this part of the project, which will see this important town centre heritage asset being brought back to life.

"This acquisition completes the current phase of investment in Kidderminster town centre which totals £45million of government grants, district and town council contributions into the most comprehensive town centre regeneration programme in decades.“

Councillor Dan Morehead, Wyre Forest District Council’s cabinet member for economic regeneration, planning and the green agenda added: “The project is already attracting private sector investment with firm interest from potential occupiers who see their future success in this landmark building.

"This is one of the strategic aims of the project - to act as a catalyst for further activity and investment in the town centre, bringing in new uses and increasing footfall. There are no anticipated changes to the operation of the existing bus station but we recognise the need for visual and cleanliness improvements and we are looking at this now.”

The next steps will be the renovation and repurposing of the empty Grade II listed Piano building – all to be completed by spring 2025.