Revealed: Detailed plans for £150m Wolverhampton canalside property

More than 500 eco-focused homes are proposed for the former industrial estate which borders the Wyrley and Essington Canal and the Wolverhampton Branch of the Birmingham Main Line Canal.

A range of commercial facilities are also proposed for the 17-acre site – one of the largest city center residential development opportunities in the Midlands.

The plan aims to open a new walkway to the city core, reducing the previous walking time by 20 minutes and generating investment in a commercial corridor.

Quays are planned on the canal

A public consultation process has now begun, with local views on the plans welcomed.

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The deadline for submitting comments on the public consultation website is 5pm on June 28.

An aerial view of what Canalside South would look like

The waterfront development opportunity is located on the eastern edge of the city center and consists of Canal & River Trust’s former Crane Foundry site, and Wolverhampton Council’s former British Steel site and land along Qualcast Road.

Wavensmere Homes is proposing more than 380 two and three bedroom townhouses – designed to an EPC-A specification – and 140 one and two bedroom apartments.

The award-winning urban regeneration specialist has also published plans to redevelop and resuscitate disused railway arches on the site to provide 7,000 square meters of lettable commercial space.

James Dickens, managing director of Wavensmere Homes, said: “We are delighted to unveil our plans and images for Canalside South, which illustrate the transformative impact this regeneration project could bring. The £150 million of investment and different housing typologies we are proposing will be the catalyst for a new wave of ambitious urban living, which is essential for the Wolverhampton pound to be spent locally.

“Our team has a strong history of regenerating vacant land in the Black Country, and we are preparing to transform this site into a landmark development that the whole region can be immensely proud of. 70 percent of our existing supply chain is embedded in the Black Country, and the construction program will create more than 100 jobs. We are keen to receive comments and input from local people on our plans to revitalize this strategic piece of canal land.”

Glancy Nicholls Architects and RPS have drawn up the plans for the low-rise development, which mimics the surrounding nature reserve and maximizes both its canalside location and 4.4 hectares of new public open space. The location is also a few minutes’ walk from the heart of the city center and the award-winning £150 million transport hub.

Councilor Stephen Simkins said: “The comprehensive plans proposed by Wavensmere Homes for Canalside South reflect the national significance of this development opportunity, which covers one of the most historic stretches of canal in the country. The redevelopment of this prime location will enable our residents to benefit from excellent connectivity, amenities and health and wellbeing options in this beautiful heritage location.

“Reviving redundant brownfield sites along our canal network is vital to increasing visitor numbers to Wolverhampton city centre, achieving a key objective of our Canalside Delivery Partnership with the Canal & River Trust.”

Wavensmere Homes is proposing to future-proof the Canalside South site by installing electric-only heating systems throughout the site. The development will use a range of technologies, including air source heat pumps, solar panels and mechanical ventilation with heat recovery.

The development plans also include dedicated electric vehicle charging for each home, in addition to a range of EV chargers for visitors.

The overall vision for the Wolverhampton Canalside masterplan is to deliver approximately 1,000 homes to meet the housing needs of both the city and the wider region.

Andrew Chandler, development manager at the Canal & River Trust, added: “We are delighted to be working with the City of Wolverhampton Council and Wavensmere Homes to bring forward this transformational, high-quality canalside residential project, which will provide generous, well-connected walkways will result. and public open spaces. The proposed development will transform this abandoned brownfield area and connect more people to the canals and rich biodiversity.

“Canalside South has the potential to influence the quality of future development around our canals. It will also demonstrate the positive impact water has on those who live and use the waterways, encouraging more people to get involved with their local canal whilst helping to support what we do as a charity and showing that life really is better with water .”

Wavensmere Homes’ headquarters in Birmingham has 3,500 homes on site or currently in planning.

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