A landmark Dudley town centre building where Woolworths was originally located is undergoing £100,000-worth of restoration work.

The improvements to the town's Plaza Mall are being funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) and by Dudley Council through the Dudley Townscape Heritage Programme, which provides grant assistance to historic buildings centred around the marketplace and neighbouring streets.

Work will see original tiles being revealed, repaired and restored, windows reinstated to their historic form and the shopfront being enhanced - restoring the front of the building back to how it appeared in the early part of the 20th century.

The work will build on the town-centre improvements and the restoration of the Grade II listed drinking fountain.

Councillor Ian Kettle, cabinet member for regeneration & enterprise, said: "The Plaza Mall building was built in the 1930s, designed by Woolworths chief architect, Bruce Donaldson, in its in-house style. Many of our residents will have fond memories of the original Woolworths store that it once housed.

"We are undertaking these important works to restore and enhance this building, which is art deco-inspired and makes a significant architectural and historic contribution to the high street."