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City of Wolverhampton’s £55 million Westside scheme reached a major milestone last week when Urban&Civic signed the official development agreement with the council for the 6.4 acres of land at the heart of the city.

Enabling works continue on the leisure led mixed use scheme, and strong demand from occupiers means construction on the first phase remains on track to start in early 2018.

Detailed plans continue to be worked on, with a multiplex cinema, 50,000 square feet of additional leisure space, new restaurants covering 40,000 square feet, a 100 plus bed hotel, and a multi storey car park lined up for phase one. Phase 2 will deliver more than 300 new city centre homes and 50,000 square feet of retail and leisure space.

Construction on phase 1 of the project is expected to be complete by early 2020. It encompasses land between Penn Road Island and Salop Street, including the current School Street and Peel Street car parks and the area around Market Square.

Phase 2 incorporates parts of land between Salop Street and Darlington Street, including the Fold Street car park. Works on this section of the development are likely to be completed in 2022.

Philip Leech, Development Director for Urban&Civic, said: “Signing the development agreement with the council is an important milestone for this landmark project and we are already well underway with our plans for delivery.

“The council is a very supportive partner with a clear vision for the City of Wolverhampton and we will be submitting the first planning application this summer.

“Westside is a perfect fit for Urban&Civic’s commercial development arm and we look forward to building upon the success of what we have achieved with Feethams in Darlington.”

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