Stone Edge has been working on the restoration of the Grade II listed Smethwick Council House in the Midlands since late 2016. Over the years this impressive civic building has seen significant damage to the terracotta blocks which make up the decorative features of the main façade. The early 20th century building was once the main base for Smethwick councillors and houses a number of period features, paintings and decorative pieces.
Work is progressing nicely to restore the crumbling masonry and roof domes, damaged by water ingress and movement from the iron fixings. An early clean of the building façade also led to a few long forgotten surprises, including a ‘glorious’ coat of arms. The discovery was warmly greeted by council representatives who are looking forward to the building being back in use by councillors and local groups, continuing its position at the heart of the local community.
Posted by Carol Farrell on 25th Jul, 2017