• Planning granted for i9 scheme

    Progress on delivering a new eye-catching modern office development at the heart of the City of Wolverhampton Interchange today (Friday) reached a major milestone as planning was approved for the proposed i9 building on Railway Drive, Wolverhampton.

    I9 emerged as a scheme following the success of the award-winning i10 complex on the opposite side of the road and will provide 50,000 sq ft of stunning Grade A office space when completed in 2020.

    i9 is the next step in building a thriving commercial quarter at the heart of Wolverhampton Interchange – bringing further investment and jobs to the city.

    Glenn Howells Architects’ design for i9 was the winner from a strong field of ten UK leading architects and urban design practices in a national design competition.

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

    Steve Parry, managing director of Ion, commented: ‘The development of i9 will offer a new state of the art, Grade A office building for Wolverhampton. The i10 development has already proven that we can attract new occupiers to Wolverhampton and the state-of-the-art transport links of the Interchange will be a major attraction for those new occupiers.’

    Fraser Godfrey, senior architect from Glenn Howells Architects said: ‘ The i9 building is situated at an important gateway site within Wolverhampton City Centre and offers the opportunity to define a benchmark for the future regeneration of this part of the city. The design has been developed to be sensitive to neighbouring landmarks such as the Chubb Buildings and through considered detailing and the use of high quality materials, it will become a contemporary addition to Wolverhampton’s historic family of red-brick Victorian buildings. It is set to house restaurants and a business lounge on the ground floor of the building as well as a rooftop amenity space, with panoramic views towards the city centre conservation area and Interchange.’

    Councillor John Reynolds, Cabinet Member for City Economy, City of Wolverhampton Council said: ‘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 it is great news that official planning approval has now been granted. 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.’

    Jamie Phillips, partner, Knight Frank, Birmingham added: ‘We are extremely pleased to be involved in the interchange and the granting of planning for i9 is another positive message for the market. After the success of i10, which let prior to completion, we are looking forward to seeing i9 developed and to delivering premium office space available in Wolverhampton.’

  • Interchange Partners Celebrate as Station Works Gear Up

    Wolverhampton Interchange partners are celebrating contractors Galliford Try gearing up for full demolition of the city’s railway station.

    It is the next stage in delivering a £150 million transport hub to provide an attractive commercial gateway to those entering the city by national rail, bus or tram.

    The first Galliford Try machines have moved in to establish the temporary station accommodation and works compound on the Banana Yard.

    Hoardings will then be installed to enable the first phase of full demolition to start in early July.

    The British Transport Police building and a small section of the current station building next to Platform 1 will be demolished, paving the way for the first section of the new station building to be erected. It will become operational to customers by summer 2019, when phase 2 of the programme will also start.

    Throughout the works rail services will continue to operate as normal from the current station building, while the new state-of-the-art railway station to serve the city emerges adjacent to it by 2020.

    Wolverhampton Interchange Partnership consists of City of Wolverhampton Council (CWC), Ion, West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), Virgin Trains, West Midlands Trains, Network Rail, Midland Metro Alliance, Canal & River Trust, and Black Country LEP.

    Council Leader and WMCA portfolio holder for transport, Councillor Roger Lawrence, said: “Our vision for the City of Wolverhampton Interchange is rapidly becoming a reality.

    “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 will be connected directly to a tram stop, once work is completed on the Midland Metro city centre extension. The Midland Metro Alliance are currently delivering the next phase on Pipers Row before continuing down Railway Drive to the railway station.

    Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands, added: “This project is about more than just creating a transport hub, where buses, trains, trams, cycling and walking come together and provide enhanced links to the new HS2 network.

    “This is something altogether more bold. This is also about accelerating the regeneration of Wolverhampton city centre, bringing jobs, opportunities and growth. Simply, this is one of the key gateways into the city, a city that deserves a world-class welcome.

    “The WMCA recognises the vital role this project plays in the ongoing success story of Wolverhampton, which is why we were enthusiastic in supporting the project.”

    Chris Jones, Associate Director, Ion, said: “The demolition works mark an important moment in the transformation of the city’s transport links. The new railway station is set to further improve the appeal of the city to businesses, especially with the development of the Commercial District, and improve the experience for all travellers to the City of Wolverhampton.”

    Simon Courtney, Area Director for Galliford Try Building West Midlands and South West, added: “We are delighted to be able to mark this beginning alongside all the stakeholders involved. We look forward to being part of a transformational project which make its mark on the City of Wolverhampton for years to come.”

    Image caption (L-R): Mayor of the West Midlands, Andy Street, Leader of City of Wolverhampton Council (CWC) and West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) transport portfolio holder, Cllr Roger Lawrence, CWC Cabinet Member for City Economy, Cllr John Reynolds, Galliford Try Operations Manager, Steve Rowland, Midland Metro Alliance (MMA) Project Manager for the Wolverhampton City Centre Extension, Paul Brown, Virgin Trains Commercial Sponsor, Steve Morrell, Director of the MMA Alejandro Moreno, Galliford Try Area Director, Simon Courtney, and Ion Associate Director – Projects, Chris Jones.

  • ION submit the Planning Application for Wolverhampton’s i9 office building

    Ion have submitted a Planning Application for the proposed i9 building on Railway Drive, Wolverhampton. i9 will provide 50,000 sq. ft. of Grade A office space and is scheduled to be completed in 2020.

    i9 aims to build on the success of the adjoining i10 building which was completed in 2016. i9 was initially unveiled by the City of Wolverhampton Council and ION at MIPIM 2017 following a national competition for the winning design.

    Glenn Howells Architects’ design was selected 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 to become a 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.’

    Steve Parry, managing director of Ion, commented: ‘The development of i9 will move Wolverhampton forward by being able to compete with major city centres in offering a new state of the art, Grade A office building of outstanding design.’

    Steve continued, ‘The i10 development has already proven that we can attract new occupiers to Wolverhampton and the unrivalled transport links of the Interchange will be a major attraction for those new occupiers.’

  • 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.

    To view the Indicative Masterplan which will also be on display at the public consultation, please click HERE.

    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