Curtins Consulting has been appointed as structural and civil engineering consultants on a £174 million project that is set to transform Wolverhampton City Centre. Plans for Phase One of the project have been submitted and if all goes well it is hoped the scheme will start on site as early as October.
The project is being described as one of the largest regeneration schemes in the Midlands, involving the rebuild of the bus station, a range of leisure and commercial buildings, and 200,000sq ft of new public space.
The phase 1 planning application includes proposals to rebuild the bus station and remove the modern additions to the neighbouring Queens Building, a Grade Two listed property. The demolition of Pipers Row House has also been proposed, as well as the construction of a new two-storey building to the east of the Queens Building offering around 16,000sq ft of retail and leisure space.
Neptune Developments, which is working on the project in partnership with Wolverhampton City Council and Centro, directly appointed Curtins. The engineering consultancy will operate the project from its Liverpool-based head quarters, with support given from its Birmingham office.
Anthony Clarke, from Curtins’ Liverpool office is lead engineer on the project, and said: “We are delighted to have been appointed by Neptune to work on this fantastic project which will undoubtedly be a major boost to Wolverhampton. We have worked with Neptune previously on a number of successful schemes and we are looking forward to having the opportunity to work with them, and the rest of the design team, once again.
“The current financial climate has had a major effect on the progression of this scheme, so it has been a slower process than we all hoped. But, many projects are still being kept on hold so it’s a relief to see the planning application for Wolverhampton being submitted.”