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Wolverhampton road to be pedestrianised as part of project to convert former factory into 171 luxury apartments

A road in Wolverhampton is to be pedestrianised and landscaped as part of a project to convert the city’s historic former Sunbeam Factory into 171 luxury apartments.

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The former Sunbeam Factory building viewed from Penn Road, with Paul Street to the right. Photo: Google Street View

The city council has given developer Paragon approval to make Paul Street – which runs alongside the landmark building – a central part of its residential transformation scheme, which received planning approval in January 2022.

Built in the early 1900s, the Sunbeam building is locally listed and has had a number of industrial uses, including japanning works and cycle and car manufacturing until the late 1990s.

It then stood vacant for almost 25 years before being bought for £7.5 million by social and public sector housing specialist Paragon, after previous developers QED went into administration in 2018, leaving the 150,000 sq ft building only partially converted.