Halesowen's BID team are looking forward to moving to new premises this week.

Manager Vicky Rogers and ambassador Ellie Hunt will move to the former Hobbs building, which has been renovated as part of Ruskin Properties town centre development.

The developer is in the finishing stages of converting 24-27 Great Cornbow, a Grade II Listed building which was a former council office and 6-8 Hagley Street, Halesowen, into 25 apartments.

The BID team are moving from their premises at 1, Hagley St, which had once been a fruit shop and also an estate agents.

They originally moved into the premises in September 2019, with the opening attended by James Morris MP.

Ellie Hunt (far left) and Vicky Rogers (right) at the opening of their base in Hagley Street.

Ellie Hunt (far left) and Vicky Rogers (right) at the opening of their base in Hagley Street.

Vicky said they are moving into the former Hobbs building on Friday (April 9).

Vicky said: "We're looking forward to moving in.

"It will be great to be in such a prominent position - we couldn't be better placed as a lot of the events we stage are in Somers Square.

"The new development is beautiful, it's a great asset to the town.

"The flats are not quite finished."

The buildings had been unused for many years becoming dilapidated and in need of repair.

Pic: Ken Parish

Pic: Ken Parish

Nick Burton, Managing Direction of Ruskin Properties, which is based in Fountain House, Halesowen, said:“The conversion of this group of historic buildings within the heart of Halesowen town centre is another positive development for the company within Halesowen town centre.

"The scheme both conserves and restores an important heritage asset as well as bringing it back into a beneficial and positive use.

"The provision of new homes will also help revitalise and regenerate this part of the town centre through increasing footfall and the use of local shops, services and facilities.”

Council planners notes state that: "Historically the buildings have been used as council offices (Great Cornbow) and as a pair of shops (Hobbs and Queenies) and a restaurant (Red Peppers Restaurant – which closed a number years ago) to Hagley Street."

When BID first started Vicky was temporarily based in Summer Hill, in a unit which is now a sausage takeaway called Simply Sausage.

The designs of the development by Ruskin Properties

The designs of the development by Ruskin Properties