A major phase in Wolverhampton’s £120 million Interchange project today got underway.
Work has begun on extending and refurbishing the railway station 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, and is expected to be completed by Christmas 2016.
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: “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.
“Wolverhampton is one of the busiest railway stations in the Midlands, with Birmingham just a 17 minute journey away, Manchester 70 minutes and London 98 minutes.
“The start of works on the railway station car park is a major step forward and a very visible sign of this vital project becoming a reality and delivering the multi-million transport hub the city deserves.”
Steve Parry, Managing Director of Ion Property Developments Limited, added: “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.
“Customers at Wolverhampton are going to see their station transform in the coming months,” commented Dave Whitehouse, Virgin Trains Station Manager Wolverhampton.29/02/16
Wolverhampton’s multi-million pound Interchange project has been given a further boost with the showpiece i10 building set to be completed next week.
i10 will provide the only top grade office accommodation in the city and is a key component in the council’s £10.6 million office, check retail and leisure development in this area.
It comprises 28,000 sq ft of BREEAM Excellent standard office accommodation arranged over three floors, which sits above 12,400 sq ft of leisure and retail accommodation.
Greene King became the first tenant to come on board last year and will open a Hungry Horse family-friendly pub restaurant on the ground floor of i10 in the New Year.
Superdrug is also on track to open in early 2016. The City of Wolverhampton Council is in advanced negotiations with a number of businesses for a further three ground-floor retail units and the three floors of office space. The final retail unit will be marketed in the New Year.
Councillor Peter Bilson, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for City Assets, said: “It is great to see the vision become a reality – i10 stands out as a beacon in the city landscape.
“This is a major development for the City of Wolverhampton and has been delivered on time and on budget.
“We already have tenants signed up and are in advanced negotiations with others whom we expect to sign up shortly.
“This demonstrates confidence and optimism in the city to potential investors, which will in turn lead to further regeneration and job creation as we build on the £868 million already invested or in the pipeline in the city centre.”
Last month the main phase of the demolition work to the former Steam Mill at Corn Hill was completed – paving the way for the site to be cleared and preparations to begin to refurbish and extend the multi storey car park at the railway station from January 2016.
Wider development will include a new railway station, extension of the Metro, and new coach link on Bilston Street, while the new bus station is already in use.
As well as encouraging more investment and boosting prosperity in the city, the Interchange will become a key gateway for people arriving off the national rail network, by bus or Metro.
Planners gave i10 the green light in March 2014 and the project has been delivered with Ion Property Developments Limited and Balfour Beatty.
“Peter Fennell, Balfour Beatty Site Manager, said: “We are delighted we have been able to deliver the construction of i10 on schedule. The completed building is something for the city to be proud of.”
Steve Parry, Managing Director of Ion Property Developments Limited, said: “The completion of i10 is a significant step forward in helping us deliver future phases of the Interchange scheme.”04/02/16
The man who locked up the JN Miller Ltd Steam Mill for the last time has welcomed the progress of the Wolverhampton Interchange project after taking a trip down memory lane.
Norman Holding, aged 71, joined the Corn Hill-based company in 1960 after leaving school and worked his way up to become General Manager and a board Director.
In September 1991 he turned the key in the door for the final time as he walked out with the administrators when the company closed.
The council recently invited Norman down to the site of the former Steam Mill, where Councillor Peter Bilson, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for City Assets, presented him with some bricks from the building and a copy of a document detailing its history.
Demolition of the mill is progressing well as the next phase in the multi-million Interchange scheme.
It will pave the way for the start of the extension and refurbishment of Wolverhampton’s railway station multi-storey car park in January.
Norman, who is born and bred in Wolverhampton, said: “It was nice to be standing on the ground again looking at the old place.
“And I am thrilled the council allowed me to make the visit and presented me with some memorabilia, which I will treasure.
“The building all looks a bit different to how I left it all those years ago – but it’s nice to see things moving on in Wolverhampton.
“It is a great place to live and always has been.”
Councillor Bilson added:
“I’m delighted we could help with Norman’s request to take a look at the old Steam Mill one last time and collect some memorabilia.
“It was great to meet him. He had some fantastic stories to tell about his days at JN Miller.
“He has lived in Wolverhampton for the majority of his life and it was very interesting to hear his views on the Interchange works.”04/02/16
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.12/11/14
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