Project information

Portal Building Entrance Upgrade

To make our cafe and restaurant area more easily accessible we aim to create a new entrance way from the parking area. This will entail new entrance lobby with signage and landscaping from the main car park. Our building will then be easier to use and visit by our visitor base

12 Weeks

Charity information: Dudley Canal Trust (Trips) Ltd

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  • Need


    Currently our visitors don't know and understand the full scope of our building and easily miss the entrance to cafe and restaurant. We plan to open a second entrance to these facilities. Making the signage from parking and entrance easier to see and access. This will also allow the building to be shut when our main attraction is closed


    The new entrance will bring customers directly to the restaurant area with well signed entrance from our car park, through landscaped patio area to a double door lobby.
    Customers currently enter through the main visitor centre entrance and totally miss our food area causing us issues with unhappy visitors

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To Build a new entrance to our restaurant visitor centre


    » Build a new entrance way from our car park with better signage and landscaping

    What success will look like

    The actual building of the entrance is one key criteria. By doing so we hope to encourage more solus use of the restaurant shown by an increase in evening use

  • Impact


    We aim for our food and drink service to increase ensuring that we utilise our staffing to better effect and increasing our profit helping our charitable aims.


    Providing we organise funding we see limited risk


    Once complete a full report would be provided

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £100,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £100,000 New Entrance Building new entrance way to food service areas
  • Background


    We are situated in Dudley, West Midlands one of the areas most deprived regions. An area of high unemployment and old heavy Industry


    Previous visitor surveys shows that majority (64%) of visitors come from the West Midlands. When this is broken down further 22% come from the Birmingham postcode region and 10% from the Dudley postcode region.
    Our recent visitor found under 70% visited as part of a family group with 13% visiting with a group of friends. 10% visited with a partner / spouse, 3% as part of an organise

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Our project her has been ongoing for over 50 years. In the last 12 months we have managed to professionalise our offer with a new visitor centrethis final alteration will make the centre work much more efficiently

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Nick Morris / CEO

    CEO, organising the smooth running of the operation and maximising its efficiency

    Jeff Luesley Chairman On Trustees

    Chairman of Trustees, Planning the way forward