The 116-year-old firm received massive community support after fire destroyed most of the premises at Littles Lane. Carvers quickly re-started operations from its timber production premises in Neachells Lane before demolishing the charred depot and opening a temporary trade only counter and storage space.

Plans are going through Wolverhampton City Council for a replacement warehouse and offices to be built in two phases. The next phase would include an office and showroom complex with the main buildings to follow.

Work could start at the end of July and would take around three months, the company said. The work is to be split because the company and the council are in negotiation about moving liquid petroleum gas tanks stored at the site.

Almost all the 200 staff are now back in the temporary buildings or at Neachells Lane.

The popular family-owned company, which sponsors community efforts in the city, received support from Wolves football legend Steve Bull, DIY SOS TV presenter Nick Knowles and the mayor of Wolverhampton.

Director Henry Carver said the company would "recreate what we had and better".