An historic town centre office in Dudley is being transformed into affordable homes as part of a £300,000 scheme.
Jephson Homes Housing Association is converting the ground floor of Priory Chambers, a Georgian building in the Priory Street Conservation Area of the town, into four homes for rent.
As part of the project, a specialist sub-contractor – masonry and stone repair firm Quadriga Concepts – is carrying out restoration of the brick and stonework on the front of the building.
Main contractor Shaylor Special Projects will be offering trainee construction placements for young local unemployed people at the site in the New Year, as part of a partnership initiative with Future Skills Dudley.
Conversion work - due to be completed by next March - started on the ground floor of the building after the previous occupants, a hair salon and an accountancy business, moved out.
The scheme involves creating two one-bedroom flats and a two-bedroom flat. An existing one-bedroom bungalow behind Priory Chambers is also being extended and linked to the main building.
Jephson has previously converted the two upper storeys into five flats for affordable rent.
Development officer Hannah Woodall said: “This work is part of the wider regeneration of the area and will provide quality homes at affordable rents, helping to meet local housing needs.
“Priory Chambers is in a conservation area and has interesting old features, such as sash windows with carved stonework around them, so the project also involves sensitive restoration work to the front of the building.”