With Fort Dunlop's phased opening looming, developer Urban Splash will today welcome the 1,000th construction worker to the former tyre factory.
David Hewlett, aged 41, of Sutton Coldfield-based structural repairs and restoration company, Prestec UK, will be presented with a bottle of Champagne and a framed montage of Fort Dunlop past and future by Urban Splash West Midlands director Guy Jackson and construction manager Frank Walsh.
Derelict for 25 years, work started in December 2004 to remodel the landmark building into office, retail and leisure space.
A wide array of construction workers and trades people has been used to shape the building.
With more than 40 local companies involved, every trade and profession has been involved, including conservation consultants, glaziers, plasterers, electricians, ground workers, blast cleaners, specialist coaters, stone conservators and bricklayers.
Mr Hewlett said: "Having been brought up in its shadow, I've always had an interest in Fort Dunlop. I love the way it has been redesigned as a commercial space, with all of the features retained to really make it work as a stunning contemporary landmark. I feel honoured to have been part of its new future." ..SUPL: