WOLVERHAMPTON DEVELOPMENTS: New office building a major boost for city
Following completion of the first part of Wolverhampton’s new £150 million railway link interchange this week, plans for further developments to the city’s adjacent commercial district have been unveiled.
The construction of the i9 building, which is nearing completion on Railway Drive near to the railway station, follows the success of the award-winning i10 complex built opposite.
Wolverhampton Council’s Director of Regeneration Richard Lawrence has said that the new i9 building will play a major part in the future commercial development of the city.
“Quite a lot has happened during the lockdown period and I want people to see what has been achieved,” he said.
“Adjacent to the multi-award-winning interchange railway station project is the i9 building as part of the commercial district, which is pretty much fully built and is awaiting completion by the summer time.
“We are in legal talks and hoping to let very shortly to at least two organisations and are confident that we will have the building open and fully pre-let by summer time this year.
“People will also be aware of the recent announcement by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) about their first headquarters outside London.
“We are working with them and have a meeting this week to discuss their requirements and a suitable location,” he added.
“These are all positive things that are happening around the station interchange.
“While we have been through a lockdown period, all these investment enquiries have progressed and I think we are seeing this as testament to what has been happening around the i9 offices.”
The finished building will provide up to 52,000 square feet of office space, which the council hope will bring further investment and jobs to the city.
Words: Joe Sweeney, Local Democracy Reporter
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