Countryside make i10 regional headquarters

Award-winning home builder and regeneration specialist Countryside has become the latest business to sign up as a tenant of i10.

The UK company has agreed a deal to occupy the top floor of the multi-million pound office and retail development to make Wolverhampton a regional headquarters.

i10 provides the only top grade office accommodation in the city and is a key component in Wolverhampton’s £120 million Interchange.

Countryside, which was founded in 1958 and relisted on the London Stock Exchange earlier this year, completed 2,364 homes with revenues of £615.8 million for the year ended 30 September 2015.

They will occupy the top floor – one of three levels of office space.

Ian Kelley, Managing Director of Countryside’s Partnerships North division said: “As a leading home builder specialising in place making and urban regeneration we are delivering significant growth in the sector.

“i10’s strategic location and quality of accommodation were a major draw as we look to expand our Partnerships business into the West Midlands where we see great opportunity for urban regeneration.”

Tim Johnson, City of Wolverhampton Council Strategic Director of Place, added: “It is a big feather in the cap of Wolverhampton to attract such a prominent name as Countryside.

“The i10 development certainly has the wow factor and its location at the gateway to the city for people getting off the national transport network has been a major selling point.

“We can now look forward to seeing the occupiers thrive and hopefully encourage other business to similarly invest in Wolverhampton.”

Ovivo last month signed up as office tenants at i10 and City of Wolverhampton Council is in advanced negotiations with another business for the remaining floor of office space, while Greene King, Superdrug and Kaspa’s Desserts have already filled four of the six retail units on the ground floor.

As well as encouraging more investment and boosting prosperity in the city, i10 forms part of the gateway to the city for people arriving by rail, bus or Metro.

Wider development will include a new state-of-the-art railway station and the Metro line extension, which will include a new stop at the station.

Work has started on the refurbishment and extension of the railway station car park and the new bus station is already in use.