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The Beatties building should have been reborn in 2023 - instead it's the year fears became reality

2023 was meant to be a great year in the long history of the landmark Beatties building in Wolverhampton.

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The landmark Beatties building that was sold for £3 million. Photo: Local Democracy Reporting Service

After gaining planning permission in March 2021 from Wolverhampton Council's planning committee its owners should have been close to unveiling 300 new apartments and retail space by now.

After House of Fraser announced in 2019 it could no longer run the sprawling department store at a profit a buyer was quickly found, SSYS Beatties Ltd are believed to have paid £3m.

However, this year has seen red flags turn into the concrete reality as the promised development has stalled and now we have confirmation developers SSYS Beatties Ltd have run out of money.

The doors closed to shoppers wanting retail therapy on the corner of Victoria Street and Darlington Street three years ago this month. And the prospect of a new generation being excited to a trip to the building which housed some of the finest goods in the Midlands seems a long way off.