• 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.

     

  • How to access Wolverhampton Railway Station from January 2017

    Vehicular access to City of Wolverhampton Railway Station will change from Sunday January 8 as part of the city’s £132 million Interchange improvements. This coincides with the switch to the new entrance for the multi-storey car park which opens for the first time on the same day after being extended and refurbished on schedule.

    The changes will mean:

    • There will no longer be any access to Railway Drive for vehicles
    • 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 capacity will increase from 450 to more than 800 long stay parking spaces.
    • Pedestrians should continue to access the station via the footbridge from Pipers Row
    • National Cycle Route 81 will be maintained along Railway Drive, although cyclists should take care as construction traffic will be operating in the area
    • The old entrance to the multi-storey car park will be permanently removed

    To read more about the changes click here for our Press Release or you can view our fly through by clicking here.

    Download details here

    Station Access Map

  • Plans approved for new Wolverhampton railway station

    The building of a new multi-million pound Wolverhampton railway station came another step closer today.

    The Interchange partnership plans to demolish the existing station and replace it with a new one have been officially approved by City of Wolverhampton Council.

    Work is due to begin on the new railway station next year following the extension and refurbishment of the railway station multi-storey car park, which is expected to be completed by Christmas 2016.

    It forms part of a £120 million Interchange project that will also see a Metro line extension, including a new stop at the station.

    The new station will also benefit from an enhanced Birmingham New Street-style ticket office, larger passenger concourse, ample ticket barriers to ease flow onto and off platforms, much improved retail and café facilities, increased taxi rank provision and a more efficient passenger drop off/pick up arrangement.

    Councillor Peter Bilson, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for City Assets, said: “This is another important step forward and 2017 is set to be a big year for the Interchange project.

    The people of Wolverhampton can look forward to a railway station befitting of their 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.”

    Steve Parry, Managing Director of Ion Property Developments Limited, added: “These plans for the main railway station building illustrate that the city will soon have a new high quality gateway.”

    Dave Whitehouse, Virgin Trains Interchange Project Manager Wolverhampton, said: “There’s a real sense of excitement as we work together to deliver this scheme and give the city a station to be proud of.”

     

    Artist’s impressions of Wolverhampton’s new Railway Station by day and night

    Artist’s impressions of Wolverhampton’s new Railway Station by day and night

     

    Artist’s impressions of Wolverhampton’s new Railway Station by day and night

    Artist’s impressions of Wolverhampton’s new Railway Station by day and night

  • Railway station car park extension moving on up

    A key milestone has been reached this week in the redevelopment of the railway station multi-storey car park as part of Wolverhampton’s £120 million Interchange project.

    The erection of the steel framework for the extension has started, try with the project still on course to be completed by Christmas.

    Work started in February on extending and refurbishing the current multi-storey car park to increase its capacity from 450 to more than 800 long stay parking spaces.

    The redevelopment is being carried out by Ion Property Developments Limited and Balfour Beatty on behalf of the Wolverhampton Interchange Partnership.

    It will pave the way for the new state-of-the-art railway station to be built and the Metro line extension, which will include a new stop at the station.

    Councillor Peter Bilson, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for City Assets, said: “Good progress is being made with the railway station car park.

    “We have now reached an exciting part in the works, where the scale and size of the new multi-storey extension will become visible to the public.

    “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: “It is always pleasing to achieve these key construction milestones in line with the planned timescale.

    “The construction of the extended car park and the new station forecourt is important as it will facilitate the construction of a new station building with much enhanced facilities for passengers and railway employees.”

    The redevelopment of the car park will include cycle and motorcycle parking, short stay and passenger drop off, as well as a taxi rank built adjacent to the existing multi-storey, and the creation of a brand new entrance off Mill Street.

    The entrance will be relocated to Mill Street to make way for the tram extension and allow Railway Drive to become more pedestrianised.

    The medium-term ambition is to build a new hotel on the land between Railway Drive and the car park which would effectively wrap-around the existing frontage, creating a completely new view and a modern-looking gateway to the new railway station.

    “It’s an exciting time as customers can now really start to see the new car park taking shape with the steel work going up,”  said Dave Whitehouse, Virgin Trains Interchange Project Manager Wolverhampton.

    “We will be working hard to keep customers updated as work progresses and, along with our colleagues at London Midland, play our part in giving the city a station to be proud of.”