• Public invited to consultation event for the i9 building

    Property developers, Ion showcase plans for i9 to Wolverhampton.

    Leading property developer, Ion, who has been instrumental in helping City of Wolverhampton Council deliver the Interchange masterplan for the city, including the i10 office and the new bus station, has announced a public consultation event on Thursday, 18th January to showcase the plans for the eye-catching i9 modern office development proposed for Railway Drive.

    i9 emerged as a scheme following the success of the award-winning i10 building and was unveiled by the City of Wolverhampton at MIPIM property event in 2017 after a national competition was run for the winning design.

    It is hoped i9, which will provide 50,000 sq. ft. of Grade A office space, will be completed in 2020 and could become a national or regional headquarters for a major business.

    Glenn Howells Architects’ design was selected by the council and development partner, Ion, from a strong field of ten UK leading architects and urban design practices.

    They are the architects behind the Paradise Birmingham scheme – one of the biggest city centre development projects in the UK.

    Fraser Godfrey, architect from Glenn Howells said: ‘The design had to be sensitive to neighbouring landmarks such as the Chubb Buildings and the Prince Albert pub and will become a stunning contemporary addition to Wolverhampton’s family of red-brick Victorian buildings. It is set to house restaurants or cafes in the ground floor of the building as well as a rooftop amenity space, with panoramic views towards the city centre conservation area and Interchange.’

    A drop-in event held on Thursday, 18th January, 3pm to 7pm at the Light House, The Chubb Buildings, Fryer Street, Wolverhampton WV1 1HT, will give the public the opportunity to see the plans that Ion has developed for the site, meet the architects and give feedback to the developer’s team. Ion’s plans are also available to view on their website HERE. You can also download the QUESTIONNAIRE to complete with your views of the proposed development.

    Ion is an expert at regeneration and have been instrumental in various transformational city centre schemes around the country including Liverpool Lime Street, Mann Island and the Speke Airport Hangers and Terminal Buildings.

    Steve Parry, managing director of Ion, commented: ‘Glenn Howells have created a brilliant concept for i9. It will strengthen Wolverhampton’s appeal as a place to conduct business. We look forward to showcasing the design and hearing the feedback from the public.’

    Councillor John Reynolds, Cabinet Member for City Economy, said: ‘Glenn Howells Architects have produced outstanding designs, that combined with blueprints for the other parcels of land, will help us quickly progress developments with our Interchange partners over the coming years.

    ‘Since i10 was completed we have seen increasing demand for quality office space in that location of the city, particularly from large space users.

    ‘i9 was always envisaged to satisfy that demand, and we are confident these plans will deliver a landmark office building of the utmost quality that is entirely appropriate to its important historic setting.

    ‘We want this building to become the design and quality benchmark for future developments in the city and to demonstrate our ambition for the city centre.’

  • Interchange images unveiled as station works get underway

    A canalside vision of the new railway station and future commercial quarter

    New artist’s impressions showcasing the future of City of Wolverhampton’s railway station as part of the wider Interchange area have been revealed.

    The images come with contractors, Galliford Try, having started early site works before Christmas to prepare for the start of demolition of the existing railway station in May.

    Galliford Try – one of the UK’s leading construction groups, responsible for Birmingham’s Royal Birmingham Conservatoire – will also build the new railway station.

    This phase of the £150 million Wolverhampton Interchange project also includes the already-completed new railway station entrance from Corn Hill and multi-storey car park extension, as well as the continuation of the Midland Metro line extension works to the railway station.

    The development news comes in addition to the announcement last week that the West Midlands railway network has been put in the hands of West Midlands Rail – a consortium of 16 local Councils, working in close collaboration with the Department for Transport.

    This will bring a near £1 billion investment in regional services over the next eight years that will mean more space on trains, more frequent services and better facilities for passengers.

    The Wolverhampton railway station development will put the City in the best position to capitalise on the new franchise, and, prior to Christmas, Galliford Try will continue enabling works, including the removal of trees at the bottom of Railway Drive.

    The loss of these trees will be mitigated by the installation of a giant green wall in front of the existing multi-storey car park and new tree planters, with plans for further planting on site.

    The Banana Yard, which train companies staff previously used for staff car parking, will also be fenced off in readiness.

    City of Wolverhampton Council Cabinet Member for City Economy, Councillor John Reynolds, said: “The Wolverhampton Interchange Partnership has worked hard to get to this point.

    “Everything is now in place to begin the main station works early next year and people will soon start seeing big changes on site.

    “We can all look forward to the emergence of an iconic railway station befitting of the city.

    “There is £3.7 billion of investment currently on site or in the pipeline across Wolverhampton.

    “As part of this regeneration it is crucial visitors to our city get the best first impression possible and their travel experience is enhanced – this new state-of-the-art station will deliver that.”

    The new station building is expected to be completed in 2020. It will benefit from an enhanced Birmingham New Street-style ticket office, larger passenger concourse, ample ticket barriers to ease flow onto and off platforms, and much improved retail and café facilities.

    Steve Parry, Managing Director of ION Development, added: “As the work at the railway station gets underway, it is a pleasure to unveil the vision of the full masterplan through these new images.

    “They depict how the transformation of the railway station and surrounding area will offer a brilliant first impression – welcoming those arriving by train to Wolverhampton and showcasing this entrance to the city.”

    Melanie Bryett, Interchange Project Manager for Virgin Trains, added: “The new images really bring the plans for the new-look station alive. There’s a real sense of excitement as we work together to give the city a station to be proud of.”

    The first phase of the Wolverhampton Interchange project included the construction of a new £22.5 million state-of-the-art bus station on Pipers Row to replace the old one.

    New railway station at the heart of the Interchange and future commercial quarter – view from the railway station up Railway Drive

     

  • Summer demolition works for wider Interchange area

    A view of the former Mill Street Garage and old Sack Works from Wolverhampton Railway Station multi-storey car park

    Work will start early this summer to demolish an eyesore building as part of City of Wolverhampton Interchange’s development plans.

    The former Mill Street Garage sits on land next to the old Sack Works off Corn Hill in the city centre – beside the railway line and facing the canal.

    Once the derelict garage is razed it will enable the removal of the dilapidated roof structure on the Sack Works and the stabilising of its walls and gables for its future development.

    Ion Development is leading on the works on behalf of the Interchange Partnership.

    They are expected to take around a month and will pave the way for the whole Sack Works site to be marketed for commercial use.

    City of Wolverhampton Council Head of City Development, Paul Lakin, said: “This is another important step forward for the wider Interchange project.

    “The old Sack Works site sits in a prominent location within the Interchange area and this is the start of bringing it back to life after decades of lying empty.

    “It presents an excellent commercial opportunity and we will ensure any development is also sensitive to the history of the building and the surrounding area.”

    Steve Parry, Managing Director, Ion Development said: “The demolition of the former Mill Street Garage is the pre-curser to a development which will become mixed use leisure and office. The old Sack Works site is in a perfect setting, next to the canal, to offer an excellent environment for both leisure and business use.”

    The works form part of the Interchange masterplan and follows the announcement in March of the i9 development – designed by Glenn Howells Architects.

    This eye-catching modern office development is to be built on Railway Drive, and emerged as a scheme following the success of the award-winning i10 building opposite.

    It is hoped i9, which will provide 50,000 sq ft of Grade A office space and will become a national or regional headquarters for a major business.

    Other land earmarked for development beside the railway and canal as part of the Interchange project includes the Banana Yard and Boat Yard at Broad Street Wharf.

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    Former Mill Street Garage with sign on the side of the building and in the foreground, the old Sack Works

  • Eye-catching i9 designs unveiled at MIPIM as part of Masterplan

    Exciting new images of plans to dramatically change the face of the City of Wolverhampton have today been unveiled at international property show, MIPIM.

    City of Wolverhampton Council’s Strategic Director for Place, Tim Johnson, announced Glenn Howells Architects as the winners of the city’s Interchange design competition.

    At the heart of the plans is the eye-catching i9 modern office development to be built on Railway Drive, which has emerged as a scheme following the success of the award-winning i10 building opposite.

    i10 was fully let within nine months of its doors opening.

    It is hoped i9, which will provide 50,000 sq ft of Grade A office space, will be completed by the end of 2018 and will become a national or regional headquarters for a major business.

    Glenn Howells Architects’ design was selected by the council and development partner, ION Development (formerly Neptune Developments), from a strong field of ten UK leading architects and urban design practices.

    They are the architects behind the Paradise Birmingham scheme – one of the biggest city centre development projects in the UK.

    To meet the criteria, the design also had to be sensitive to neighbouring Victorian landmarks such as the Chubb Buildings and the Prince Albert pub.

    Councillor John Reynolds, Cabinet Member for City Economy, said: “Glenn Howells Architects have produced outstanding designs, that combined with blueprints for the other parcels of land, will help us quickly progress developments with our Interchange partners over the coming years.

    “Since i10 was completed we have seen increasing demand for quality office space in that location of the city, particularly from large space users.

    “i9 was always envisaged to satisfy that demand, and we are confident these designs will deliver a landmark office building of the utmost quality that is entirely appropriate to its important historic setting.

    “We want this building to become the design and quality benchmark for future developments in the city and to demonstrate our ambition for the city centre.

    “This important site ideally lends itself to a distinctive, high-quality headquarters building. We know there are inquiries swirling around the market for that kind of building.”

    Glenn Howells Architects Director, Dav Bansal, said: “As part of the city’s ambition to create a world-class arrival and new business address, we are delighted to be designing the next generation of office space for i9.”

    The proposal also includes a vision for the former Steam Mill site, and a refreshed masterplan for the remaining parcels of land within the city’s £132 million transport hub and commercial gateway.

    Other land earmarked for development includes sites beside the railway – old Sack Works, Banana Yard, and Boat Yard at Broad Street Wharf.

    Steve Parry, Managing Director of ION Development, said: “The i9 competition attracted some excellent submissions, but Glenn Howells design stood out as an iconic building that is sympathetic within its environment, whilst still demonstrating City of Wolverhampton’s ambition to compete as a prime city centre office location.

    “The development of this quality of building will broaden the appeal of City of Wolverhampton to a range of office occupiers who are seeking the highest standards. The proximity of transportation hubs and availability of cafés and restaurants on the ground floor will reinforce this part of the Interchange as a place to spend leisure time.”

    The i9 design competition was announced at MIPIM UK – the UK’s largest exhibition and conference for property professionals – in October. MIPIM provides a market place for key UK figures and international investors to meet, discuss projects and opportunities, and do business.

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  • Access to railway station and car park to change in New Year

    The way vehicles will access City of Wolverhampton Railway Station will change on Sunday, January 8 as part of the city’s £132 million Interchange improvements.

    This coincides with the switch to a new entrance for the multi-storey car park, which will open for the first time on the same day, after being extended and refurbished on schedule.

    The capacity will increase from 450 to more than 800 long stay parking spaces.

    From January 8, there will no longer be any access to Railway Drive for vehicles. Pedestrians and cyclists should use the access route off Pipers Row. Cyclists will have to walk over the bridge.

    The old entrance to the multi-storey car park will be permanently removed and vehicles will access and exit the station car park, short stay parking, improved passenger drop-off/pick-up area, and increased taxi rank provision from Corn Hill.

    The access changes are the first phase of a new-look station, with works due to begin early next year on demolishing the existing station building and replacing it with a new one.

    The new station building will benefit from an enhanced Birmingham New Street-style ticket office, larger passenger concourse, ample ticket barriers to ease flow onto and off platforms, and much improved retail and café facilities.

    The overall Interchange project will eventually also see a Metro line extension running down Railway Drive to a new stop at the station.

    Councillor John Reynolds, Cabinet Member for City Economy, said: “Big changes are happening at the city’s railway station which will improve people’s journeys.

    “The multi-storey car park is on schedule and there is a genuine excitement about work starting on the new state-of-the-art railway station building early next year.

    “Meanwhile, I would urge anyone using the station to make themselves familiar with the new access arrangements.

    “Ultimately, as well as encouraging more investment and boosting prosperity in the city, the Interchange will become the gateway to the city for people arriving off the national rail network, by bus or Metro.”

    Steve Parry, Managing Director of Ion Property Developments Limited, added: “Each completed phase of works becomes a defining moment in the process of delivering the scheme to the city. The successful completion of the car park allows us the opportunity to begin the build on Wolverhampton’s highly anticipated railway station in early 2017.

    “In turn, the completion of the station will free the land for the next phase of commercial development. The design competition for this phase has recently launched in partnership with City of Wolverhampton Council, and we are delighted that we have already seen interest from world class architects and designers. This is testament to the strength of the scheme.”

    Dave Whitehouse, Virgin Trains Interchange Project Manager Wolverhampton, said: “The opening of the new extended multi-storey car park is the first of a number of benefits our customers will start to see from 2017 onwards.

    “It is an exciting time and we’ll be working closely with all our stakeholders to ensure we get timely information out to our customers to ensure they take full advantage of what will represent a step change in their experience of using the station.”

    How to access the railway station from January 8

    Travelling from Stafford Road (A449) direction:

    Follow Ring Road St Patricks, onto St Davids Ring Road and take slip road/exit onto Corn Hill. 

    Travelling from Wednesfield Road (A4124) direction:

    Follow Ring Road St Davids (A4150) and take slip road/exit onto Corn Hill.

    Travelling from Willenhall Road (A454) direction:

    Follow A454 into city centre, straight on at the Horseley Fields lights and right onto Corn Hill.

    Travelling from Bilston Island direction:

    Take the A454 Middle Cross exit, left at the Horseley Fields (A454) lights and right onto Corn Hill.