• Plans submitted for new Wolverhampton railway station

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

    The Interchange partnership has submitted plans to demolish the existing station and replace it with a new one.

    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 an important step forward in the Interchange project, which is really gathering pace now.

    “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 proposals for the main railway station building illustrate that the city will soon have a new high quality gateway.

    “Submitting the plans is a key milestone in this exciting project for Wolverhampton.”

    Dave Whitehouse, Virgin Trains Interchange Project Manager Wolverhampton, said: “The images that accompany the plans really bring 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.”

  • Countryside make i10 regional headquarters

    Award-winning home builder and regeneration specialist Countryside has become the latest business to sign up as a tenant of i10.

    The UK company has agreed a deal to occupy the top floor of the multi-million pound office and retail development to make Wolverhampton a regional headquarters.

    i10 provides the only top grade office accommodation in the city and is a key component in Wolverhampton’s £120 million Interchange.

    Countryside, which was founded in 1958 and relisted on the London Stock Exchange earlier this year, completed 2,364 homes with revenues of £615.8 million for the year ended 30 September 2015.

    They will occupy the top floor – one of three levels of office space.

    Ian Kelley, Managing Director of Countryside’s Partnerships North division said: “As a leading home builder specialising in place making and urban regeneration we are delivering significant growth in the sector.

    “i10’s strategic location and quality of accommodation were a major draw as we look to expand our Partnerships business into the West Midlands where we see great opportunity for urban regeneration.”

    Tim Johnson, City of Wolverhampton Council Strategic Director of Place, added: “It is a big feather in the cap of Wolverhampton to attract such a prominent name as Countryside.

    “The i10 development certainly has the wow factor and its location at the gateway to the city for people getting off the national transport network has been a major selling point.

    “We can now look forward to seeing the occupiers thrive and hopefully encourage other business to similarly invest in Wolverhampton.”

    Ovivo last month signed up as office tenants at i10 and City of Wolverhampton Council is in advanced negotiations with another business for the remaining floor of office space, while Greene King, Superdrug and Kaspa’s Desserts have already filled four of the six retail units on the ground floor.

    As well as encouraging more investment and boosting prosperity in the city, i10 forms part of the gateway to the city for people arriving by rail, bus or Metro.

    Wider development will include a new state-of-the-art railway station and the Metro line extension, which will include a new stop at the station.

    Work has started on the refurbishment and extension of the railway station car park and the new bus station is already in use.

  • New images show off future Wolverhampton railway station

    Images have been unveiled at MIPIM Cannes of what Wolverhampton’s new state-of-the-art railway station will look like.

    The artist’s impressions featured as part of the City of Wolverhampton Council’s presentation showcasing the city’s regeneration successes and future developments.

    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:

    “These images show the people of Wolverhampton they 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 emerging proposals for the main railway station building illustrate that the city will soon have a new high quality gateway.

    “Its delivery will open up new development opportunities that will complement the successful i10 mixed use scheme.”

    Dave Whitehouse, Virgin Trains Station Manager Wolverhampton, said:

    “The 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.”

     

    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

  • Station car park works kick-start major Interchange phase

    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.

    Railway station car park CGI 29.2.16“It is an exciting time and our 450-strong team at Wolverhampton, together with our colleagues at London Midland, look forward to playing our part and giving the city a station to be proud of.”

     

    What the new railway station multi-storey car park will look like

  • Showpiece i10 building boost for Wolverhampton Interchange

    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, 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.”