Now the Merry Hill Shopping Centre and the fourth largest in the United Kingdom.
Round Oak Steel Works was finally closed on 23rd December 1982, after 125 years of operation. Around 1,300 employees were made redundant, and the closure was seen locally as the 'end of an era' for Brierley Hill. Bids were made from several firms to buy the Steel Works and to save jobs, but eventually a redundancy package of £6,800,000 was accepted in January 1983. The Round Oak Steel Works site, consisting of over 100 acres of land, was sold to two brothers, Don and Roy Richardson, in March 1983. The Richardson family also owned Merry Hill Farm, 50 acres of land adjoining the Round Oak site. Richardson Developments Ltd. developed the site into 350,000 sq. ft. of office space, known as The Waterfront development. They also created the Merry Hill Shopping Centre, which contained over 200 retail shops and parking for 10,000 cars in 2006.
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So much huge and enormous the edifice seems far in the distance!
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Photo taken in Brierley Hill, West Midlands, UK
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