A host of City of Wolverhampton investment and development opportunities will be on show at MIPIM this week.
The city’s economic growth is being underpinned by an ambitious £132 million Interchange scheme – providing transport links any major city would be proud of.
A modern bus station will soon be supported by a new state-of-the-art railway station, with works expected to be completed in early 2019.
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.
Works starting this summer to extend the Metro to the doorstep of the railway station, will result in a fully-integrated transport hub at the heart of the city.
This outstanding regional and national connectivity, developed against the backdrop of HS2, has already attracted major employers like Tarmac, Countryside, Ovivo and Greene King to base themselves in newly-developed Grade A office and retail space at the city council’s award-winning i10 building.
That success has prompted further plans to build i9 – a potential regional headquarters for a global company – and put in place a masterplan to enhance the growing commercial quarter in and around the Interchange, which will generate a total of 2,250 job opportunities and make it a major regional office location.
City of Wolverhampton Council Leader, Councillor Roger Lawrence, said:
“Competitive rents for high quality offices and HS2 connectivity will help us attract more major employers. It will forge our position as being a key player within the wider West Midlands metropolitan area – part of the largest and most significant economic block outside London and the south east. It’s a game-changer.
“There is £3.7 billion of investment currently on site or in the pipeline across the City of 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 – the new state-of-the-art railway station will deliver that.”