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15/06/2017
Developer to hold Westside public drop-ins at Mander Centre

Westside developers Urban&Civic are holding public drop-in sessions later this month prior to the submission of an outline planning application for the £55 million scheme.

The company last month signed an official agreement with City of Wolverhampton Council to bring forward the leisure-led mixed use development at the heart of the city.

The consultation events for the public to view the project in closer detail and offer feedback will take place at the Mander Centre, close to the Dudley Street entrance, on Friday, June 23, from 3pm to 6pm, and Saturday 24, between 9am and noon.

Strong demand from occupiers means construction on the first phase remains on track, with a planning application expected in late summer 2017.

Plans continue to be worked on, with a multiplex cinema, 50,000 square feet of additional leisure space, new restaurants covering 40,000 square feet, a 100-plus bed hotel, and a multi-storey car park lined up for phase one.

Phase two will deliver over 300 new city centre homes and 50,000 square feet of retail and leisure space.

Simon Hawkins, Development Director at Urban&Civic, said: “The development will revitalise vacant and under-used land with the aim of the event to explain how the scheme will complement and strengthen the existing offer in the city centre, whilst having a significant positive impact on the local economy.”

Philip Leech, Development Director for Urban&Civic, said: “Our ambition is to deliver a scheme at Westside which transforms this part of the city centre, creating new jobs and providing a sustainable development that people enjoy visiting for many years to come.

“There is no leisure quarter in Wolverhampton city centre that provides a collection of restaurants and leisure attractions including a multiplex cinema. Residents, particularly to the north and west of Wolverhampton, are travelling to other city centres, including Birmingham, to spend their leisure time.

“This development will address this by providing a first-class leisure offer with an exciting line-up of operators.

“Crucially, the outstanding spaces and buildings that we create at Westside will provide an opportunity for the city centre to attract a much wider range of national hotel, restaurant and leisure operators.

“Indeed, there is a great level of interest amongst such operators who wish to open in the Westside scheme.”

Councillor John Reynolds, Cabinet Member for City Economy, said: “I would urge members of the public to get along to these sessions and take a closer look at what this scheme is aiming to deliver for the city.”

Construction on phase one of the project is expected to be complete by early 2020. It encompasses land between Penn Road Island and Salop Street, including the current School Street and Peel Street car parks and the area around Market Square.

Phase two incorporates parts of land between Salop Street and Darlington Street, including the Fold Street car park. Works on this section of the development are likely to be completed in 2022.

Issued by the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Corporate Communications Team. For more information, please call 01902 555439.


Image caption: Artist’s impression of the Urban&Civic Westside development at night

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