Today’s Friday photo is the Administration Block to the former GEC Witton Works, which is grade II listed. This was built by Wallis, Gilbert and Partners (1920-22) for the General Electrical Company Ltd. Wallis, Gilbert and Partners were the most noted designers of factory buildings in the inter-war period and this GEC admin block is the earliest building by them discovered in good condition. Their most famous work was the Hoover Buildings (1932-5), however, the listing notes that the quality of the detailing of this building is superior. Indeed, the most notable exterior feature is it’s impressive entrance, which according to previous workers was strictly restricted for “managers use only”. Since the company first built a factory here 1902, GEC was a really important employer in Birmingham, over the years it employed thousands of local workers. Indeed, I have several family members who worked in various departments from the 60’s onwards. It’s nice to see that the building is still in a good condition and is still in full use today.