Wolverhampton regeneration making headlines (re:new August 6, Issue 130)

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£14.9m for city's National Brownfield Institute

VIDEO: Key figures on scheme to make Wolverhampton world leader



City of Wolverhampton’s plans to develop a National Brownfield Institute (NBI) have been handed a major boost this week.

The scheme is to receive £14.9million of funding from the Government’s Get Building Fund for the West Midlands.

The city council has worked closely with the Black Country LEP and West Midlands Combined Authority to secure the funding for what will be the flagship of the University of Wolverhampton’s ongoing £100million Springfield Campus development. 

It will be part of a nationally and internationally significant centre of excellence for built environment technologies and will help the city and the region develop a global reputation in this field. Read more...

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Historic week for Railway Station development

VIDEO: Project significance highlighted as out with old and in with new



This week marked historic moment for Wolverhampton as full demolition of its old railway station building began.

It symbolises the dramatic transformation taking place under the city’s £150million Interchange scheme which is delivering improvements to bus, tram and train connectivity.

Early demolition works on outbuildings like the old parcel shed surrounding the main station started last month and will ultimately pave the way for construction of phase two of the new station building.

Once completed in early 2021, final works will begin to connect the station to a new Metro extension, creating a fully integrated transport hub with the neighbouring bus station. Read more...

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Onsite works restart on Civic Halls restoration

Council also enters into main contract with Willmott Dixon Interiors

Civic Halls


Works on the restoration of Wolverhampton’s iconic Civic Halls have restarted after an enforced break due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

City of Wolverhampton Council has now officially entered into the main contract with delivery partner Willmott Dixon Interiors, who since October had been progressing works on schedule and on budget under a pre-construction service delivery agreement.

They have put in place a raft of onsite measures in line with the Government’s Covid-19 health and safety guidelines - and will now continue transforming the Grade II-listed halls into a top-class entertainment venue for audiences to enjoy for generations to come.

The improvements to the 82-year-old venue are critical to attracting the biggest names in music and comedy, ensuring it generates millions of pounds a year and creates hundreds of jobs in the local economy. Read more...

City centre improvements to encourage visitors

EATF works will also promote walking and cycling



New seating areas outside pubs, bars and cafes, planters full of greenery and more cycle storage will be introduced into Wolverhampton city centre as the council continues to encourage visitors and support businesses during this difficult time. 

The council will use money from its successful bid for £237,000 from the Government’s Emergency Active Travel Fund (EATF) to pay for the works in Victoria Street and Darlington Street/Queen Square. 

Temporary measures were installed in June after the Government provided funding and encouraged councils to bid for money to implement emergency schemes to make it easier for people to socially distance in town and city centres and to promote more walking and cycling. Read more...

Board submits £48million 'Towns Fund' bid

Funding will be catalyst to transform city centre, Bilston and Wednesfield

Brewers Yard


Wolverhampton’s Town Deal Board has submitted a final bid for up to £48million of Government funding to transform the city centre and Bilston and Wednesfield town centres.

The Towns Fund bid was delivered on Friday (July 31) with the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government expected to announce the outcome in late September.

If the bid is successful, the funding will be used as a catalyst to accelerate the ongoing transformation of the three locations and attract further investment and development. Read more...

Discretionary Grant Fund deadline extended

Round 2 of fund to help small businesses now open until August 10



The deadline for applications to Round 2 of Wolverhampton's Discretionary Grant Scheme for certain small businesses hit hard by the impact of coronavirus, and ineligible for other Government help, has been extended to 5pm on Monday, August 10, 2020.

Details of the eligibility criteria and how to apply can be found at www.wolvesinbusiness.com/dgf.