Social impact developers Capital&Centric are set to lead on a vision to turn a brownfield site in Wolverhampton into a creative new neighbourhood. The first step will be to develop a masterplan for the five-acre St George’s site, with early ideas for a collection of homes, community spaces and green streets, with the Grade II listed church repurposed as a community centrepiece.
Alongside this, shops, workspaces and café bars would be situated at the development, which would help establish a vibrant new quarter within Wolverhampton’s city centre – with links to the £61m City Learning Quarter are set to open in 2025.
“Ambitious plans and investment as part of a wider strategy are driving the regeneration of our city centre, The Halls Wolverhampton, our award-winning £150m transport interchange and Grade-A office developments are testament to that.
“The St George’s opportunity sits at the heart of this, well connected to commercial and leisure hubs, which is a priority as we transform our city centre to generate jobs, homes and growth. If the recommendations are approved by Cabinet, it will enable the council to develop an outline business case that will establish this site as a new gateway into the city centre.
“St George’s can provide an inclusive, safe, and sustainable new quarter that will generate new opportunities and jobs, bring underutilised assets back into community use and, importantly, deliver much needed new homes in Wolverhampton city centre, which will bring wider social and economic benefits.”Councillor Stephen Simkins, Council Leader, City of Wolverhampton
If appointed, the developers will create a detailed vision as to how the strategic site could become a destination district for the people of Wolverhampton, with the potential for over 400 homes. The next stage would be to consult the community prior to the submission of a planning application.
St George’s was one of a trio of development opportunities featured in the Wolverhampton Investment Prospectus, launched by the Council at MIPIM earlier this year. The prospectus was aimed at bringing the private and public sector together to unlock growth in the city, delivering more homes, jobs and investment.
“St George’s is a worthy headliner among the line-up of major opportunities in Wolverhampton and fits perfectly with what we’re about … delivering eclectic neighbourhoods that mix the old and new. It has bags of potential and we’re already brimming with ideas of how we could deliver new city centre homes alongside community hangout spaces and loads of much-needed greenery. We can’t wait to write the next chapter for the stunning St George’s church, creating a new centrepiece around which the community will revolve.”John Moffat, Joint Managing Director, Capital&Centric
In addition to delivering on award-winning regeneration projects across the UK – from homes and workspaces to hotels and leisure destinations – Capital&Centric have also created a not-for-profit ‘Regeneration Brainery’, aimed at inspiring young people to consider a career in regeneration and property.