Design teams shortlisted at St George’s neighbourhood

Four teams of award-winning architects have been shortlisted to create an inspiring vision for the St George’s neighbourhood after the competition received an influx of applicants.

The St George's site in Wolverhampton will be designed by one of the shortlisted architect teams, chosen by Capital&Centric, RIBA and the City of Wolverhampton Council | BTR News
The St George's site in Wolverhampton will be designed by one of the shortlisted architect teams, chosen by Capital&Centric, RIBA and the City of Wolverhampton Council.

Following Capital&Centric being recommended to lead on the vision of the new St George’s neighbourhood in December 2023, the social impact developer and The City of Wolverhampton Council, in collaboration with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), launched a design competition last month at the brownfield site in Wolverhampton city centre.

Eleven practices will now form four teams moving through to the next stage. Each will have eight weeks to put together an inspiring vision for the site, with a brief to deliver an inclusive and sustainable neighbourhood that reflects both the city’s heritage and diversity. 

The shortlisted teams are: Ash Sakula, Turner Works and Archio (three practices), Henley Halebrown, Studio Weave and APPARATA (three practices), Metropolitan Workshop, Studio Bark and Mole (three practices), and Mikhail Riches and Periscope (two practices).

“The brilliant architect practices we’ve got on board all bring their own specialisms to the party, so there’ll be a real melting pot of ideas that should lead to some exciting results. It’ll go a bit quiet for the next few weeks whilst the teams get on with the challenge, but we’ll be back this spring to unveil the four designs and engage with the community about their aspirations for the St George’s site.”

Martin Crews, Development Director, Capital&Centric

The architectural competition is part of a push by the Council and Capital&Centric to deliver an exemplar neighbourhood on the ten-acre site, which sets a new high bar for regeneration in the city. It is being overseen by Angela Brady OBE, a past president of RIBA, who will advise the Council and a panel of judges on which scheme should be selected as winner and taken forward. 

Aerial view of the site - St George's in Wolverhampton | Capital&Centric | RIBA | City of Wolverhampton Council | BTR News
Aerial view of the site in Wolverhampton.

RIBA’s renowned competitions are aimed at delivering some of the most inspirational and outstanding designs. A key tenet of the brief will be encouraging wellbeing, health and a distinct sense of identity and place. 

“We set out to get the very best ideas for an exciting, futuristic neighbourhood that will draw in people of all generations to live and work in the city as a community. Collaboration is critical to delivering diverse and inclusive design, so it’s fantastic to have the four shortlisted teams, now expanded to include more of the invited applicants, to pool their ideas and talents for this great competition.”

Angela Brady OBE

Capital&Centric is aiming to replicate the approach it has successfully delivered in other cities, attracting investment into creative communities that feature restored historic buildings alongside contemporary new builds and green public gardens. As part of the St George’s project, the developer is also planning to receive views from local young people, and stage an event in the city this Spring to showcase the final four design proposals.

The appointment for the first phase of the scheme was announced in December by the Council, with the first step to develop a masterplan for the former Sainsbury’s supermarket site, with links to the £61m City Learning Quarter set to open in 2025.

“This approach is about securing inspiring designs that set a new design benchmark for brownfield regeneration in Wolverhampton. The level of interest in the competition has been really encouraging and we’re looking forward to seeing how the shortlisted teams interpret the brief. St George’s is a fantastic opportunity to create a game-changing neighbourhood of which the city can be proud. It’s a critical part of our citywide plan to unlock investment in considered development that delivers much-needed homes and new opportunities for our communities.”

Councillor Stephen Simkins, Leader, City of Wolverhampton Council