Wolverhampton Interchange

Production of a Masterplan to regenerate a large scale, central area of Wolverhampton. The overarching objective was to link two of the city's major transportation hubs and create a thriving, connected city quarter around them.

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The proposals included a new bus and train station, and mixed use development within the setting of a new high quality urban realm. The re-configured layout would reweave the urban fabric currently dissected by the city’s inner ring road and canal corridors. New pedestrian access would be created to the Birmingham Canal and a series of new public squares and landscaped areas, linked by integrated cycle routes, footpaths and towpaths.

Phase 1 of the interchange project involved the redevelopment of the bus station together with new commercial space. As part of the public realm strategy, the existing public space, Victoria Square, was rejuvenated with the historic Grade II listed Queens Building at the centrepiece. The new square and pedestrian walkways were detailed with natural sandstone and granite paving and contemporary street furniture.

A new pedestrian footbridge over the ring road creates a dramatic landmark in the scheme, featuring glass parapets designed by an artist. The bridge has a fundamental role, maintaining and enhancing historic links between the city centre and the train and bus stations.

Clients: Neptune Developments Limited (Masterplan), BAM Construction (Phase 1)

Project completed at Austin-Smith:Lord