Interchange plan moving forward as plans submitted

Plans to transform Wolverhampton City Centre and create an international quality transport gateway moved a step forward with the submission of a planning application to extend and refurbish the multi-storey car park at Wolverhampton railway station, doubling the number of parking spaces to 900.

The planning application has been submitted by lead developers Ion Property Developments Limited and Wolverhampton City Council, and will see a new 520 space car park, cycle and motorcycle park and 18 birth taxi rank built as an extension to the existing multi- storey and the creation of a new access off Mill Street.

The plans pave the way for the submission of the next stage of the Interchange scheme for a brand new railway station in the New Year.

Ion Property Developments Limited Managing Director Steve Parry commented;

“This is an important element within the overall Interchange scheme and the vision for a modern state-of-the-art transport hub in Wolverhampton City Centre. The facilities for both car drivers and cyclists are being extended and improved with a high quality design in keeping with the aspirations that we have set for the overall project.”

Councillor Peter Bilson, Wolverhampton City Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Regeneration & Prosperity said: “The Interchange is a main gateway to the city centre and is a strategic regeneration priority for the council. The car park will be the next stage in creating a truly integrated transport hub. The existing multi-storey car park at the railway station is very dated and widely regarded as a bit of an eyesore. Our vision is for a modern, attractive Interchange so that the many thousands of visitors to our city arrive here and instantly see that we are a city that means business and is going places. The new car park is an essential element of that vision”

The new facility has been designed by ASL architects. Lead architect Richard Cronin explained their approach:

“The brief was not only to provide much-needed additional car parking space in the city centre, but also provide an attractive modern building that enhances this important gateway site. This is the place where many people arrive in Wolverhampton and we to need create the best possible first impression. We have looked at similar projects elsewhere in the UK and internationally to achieve the highest design standards and create the best possible passenger environment in terms of quality, safety and accessibility. This is very much a piece in a bigger and emerging scheme, but is reflecting the values that underpin the Interchange vision”

The car park is the next phase in the Interchange masterplan which will see over £100 m of public and private investment and comprise a state-of-the-art integrated transport hub along with over 300,000 sq ft of commercial floor space.

As part of a comprehensive approach to delivering the Interchange masterplan, the Council and Ion Property Developments Limited, working with Centro, Network Rail, Virgin Trains and the Canal & River Trust, are finalising proposals to redevelop the railway station and extend the existing Metro line to the new station.

The application to extend and refurbish the car park demonstrates commitment from  the partners  to deliver the wider project with plans for the new railway station on course to be revealed in the New Year.