Wolverhampton choose McLaughlin & Harvey for £50m campus

Wolverhampton choose McLaughlin & Harvey for £50m campus

Computer-generated image of the city's new learning district
Computer-generated image of the city’s new learning district

McLaughlin & Harvey will now develop the detailed designs and carry out preparatory work ahead of main construction starting in the spring.

Wolverhampton’s ambitious City Learning Quarter vision has reached an important milestone with the Council’s appointment of its preferred construction partner for the new city center campus.

The City Learning Quarter program was developed by the council in partnership with the City of Wolverhampton College to increase participation in training and education among citizens.

The facility will span over 10,000m² around the Old Hall Street and St George’s Parade area of ​​the city centre, incorporating a site on the corner of Garrick Street and Bilston Street, where the former building of the Faces nightclub.

It will encompass the City of Wolverhampton College’s Metro One campus, the council’s adult education service and central library, and pave the way for the City of Wolverhampton College to move from its outdated Paget Road site, which has been identified as land for housing refurbishment.

The proposals were initially backed by a £6.2million investment from the Black Country Local Business Council and Partnership (LEP), which enabled the completion of design work, site surveys and field investigations, site acquisition and clearance.

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The council has also secured £5m from the Towns Fund, £20m from the Upgrading Fund and a further £20m from the Department for Education.

Wolverhampton City Council Leader Councilor Ian Brookfield said: “The appointment of our preferred construction partner now brings us closer to the possibility of starting work on this groundbreaking project – 2023 is going to be a huge year for the city. city ​​Learning district.

“A lot of hard work has been put in by council and college representatives, supported by our local MPs and the West Midlands Combined Authority, to secure vital funding and get us to the point where we can make our vision a reality.

“The City Learning Quarter will have a visible and tangible impact on the city of Wolverhampton and its people, making a huge difference in everyday life through direct investment in skills and education.

“We are working hard with the City of Wolverhampton College to ensure that we not only provide a vibrant center of education where we enhance the city’s learning, learning and employment offerings, but also that we retain our best talents, rather than losing people in different parts of the Region.”

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