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Sergison Bates' Walsall pub saved from demolition

Sergison Bates’ first ever major building, a pub in Walsall, has been saved from the bulldozer

Urban Splash had earmarked the Walsall Wharf bar, built in 1998, for demolition under a masterplan drawn up by Will Alsop.

However, the developer has changed its mind and decided to keep the waterside building, claiming it now wanted the ‘pub to remain part of the community’.

Will Alsop originally wanted to flatten the 550m² bar, which he branded ‘horrible’, to open up the Gallery Square and links to Caruso St John's nearby New Art Gallery.

The move to save the modernist bar, which won a CAMRA best pub award in 1999, has been welcomed by Sergison Bates founder Stephen Bates.

He said: ‘Of course we are delighted that the Walsall Wharf public house will now not be demolished.

‘This was our first building project and it seems to have been liked by many, especially the local community, who adopted it well following the regeneration of the western end of the high street and the completion of the Walsall Art Gallery.’

He added: ‘We hope it will remain a comfortable and inviting venue in years to come and look forward to return for a pint sometime soon.’

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