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Old May 1st, 2009, 10:23 PM   #1
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Wolverhampton Transport | Wolverhampton Interchange | U/C

With a planning application due to be submitted in a matter of weeks and construction expected to start in October, it's time the Wolverhampton Interchange development had its own thread.

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Old May 1st, 2009, 11:42 PM   #2
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that route makes no sense to me
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Any renders of the transport interchnge.I hope it looks nice and glassy like in the above photo.

[EDIT] I found a PDF of renders and info.Looks really great.
http://www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/NR/r.../0/neptune.pdf
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Autumn hope for Interchange project

Work to revolutionise bus and rail services in Wolverhampton with a £180 million transport hub could start in October - the Express & Star can reveal.

A planning application has been submitted for the first phase of the long-awaited Interchange project, which will bring transport services together under one state-of-the art hub.
Full article: http://www.expressandstar.com/2009/0...hange-project/
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Good news, it seems like they're not hanging around.
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Old June 9th, 2009, 03:53 PM   #6
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I like the look of that bus station, simple yet really solid and airy. Very good news about this!
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Old June 9th, 2009, 11:04 PM   #7
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A similar article to the above but with a few more snippets .

Full steam ahead for Wolverhampton Interchange

The proposals to transform Wolverhampton City Centre are moving closer to reality today as Neptune Developments, working in partnership with Wolverhampton City Council and Centro, submit their detailed planning application for Phase One of the Interchange scheme. It is hoped that, subject to planning, the scheme will start on site as early as October this year.

A major public consultation was held last year for the proposed £174 million project to rebuild the bus station, train station, a range of leisure and commercial buildings, and 200,000 sq ft of new public space. The global economic slowdown delayed the scheme but it is now all systems go with a funding package in place thanks to a further £13 million from the Department for Transport to deliver a £24 million first phase.

The planning application includes proposals to rebuild the bus station and remove the modern additions to the neighbouring Queens Building, a Grade Two listed property.This will then be restored to its former glory to enable its reuse as a café/bar.

Also proposed is the demolition of Pipers Row House and the construction of a new two-storey building offering around 16,000sq ft of retail space to the east of the Queens Building. This new building would accommodate a state of the art travel shop, further café/restaurant opportunities, retail premises and offices.

The construction work will require temporary bus stops and other facilities to be provided and details of these are included in the application.

Steve Parry, Chief Executive of Liverpool-based Neptune Developments, said: “The current financial climate has meant many new developments around the country have had to be put on hold over the past year. Against this background we are delighted to finally be able to submit our plans for the Interchange scheme which we are sure will dramatically improve Wolverhampton’s City Centre.”

Councillor Paddy Bradley, Wolverhampton City Council's cabinet member for regeneration and enterprise, added: "Today's news is a major boost for Wolverhampton. The Interchange will create a new train station, bus station and new leisure and office space. This is something that the council and the people of Wolverhampton have wanted to see happen for a long time and the submission of the planning application is evidence that the scheme is moving forward."

The new bus station, which will be operated by Centro, the region’s transport authority, will incorporate 19 stands laid out in a saw tooth arrangement, making it easier for buses to access stops when adjoining stands are occupied. Passengers will also be able to get to all of the bus stands without having to cross the bus circulation lanes.

Chris Perry, Centro’s Head of Operational Services, said: “The proposed new bus station is great news for passengers. They will get light and airy covered waiting areas and a generous passenger concourse at the entrance to the station. Neptune’s plans are exciting ones and they herald a new era for public transport in Wolverhampton.”

A large new travel shop providing information and ticketing for all modes of travel is included in the plans and the station will also feature an integrated audio visual system giving passengers the latest information on bus, train and Metro services The design will also allow for the proposed Metro stop on Pipers Row to be fully integrated into the bus station.

An outline planning application for the remainder of the scheme will be submitted in July and will include improved pedestrian access to the Birmingham Canal, with a new pedestrian footbridge constructed across the ring road to provide a direct link between the new bus station and the railway station. It will also include the demolition of the railway multi-storey car park and the construction of a new Railway Station Forecourt. In parallel with this, plans will also be submitted to Network Rail for a new railway station and 1200 space multi-story car park.

It is expected this first phase of work will create 77 jobs while overall the scheme could create around 2000 new jobs for Wolverhampton.

Neptune and Wolverhampton City Council continue to work closely with partners including Network Rail, Virgin Trains, Centro, British Waterways, and Advantage West Midlands.
http://centro.journalistpresslounge....ases/ses/1.cfm
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Developers unveil first phase of Wolverhampton’s Interchange scheme
Jun 10 2009 by Chris Henwood, Birmingham Post

Part of a £174 million redevelopment scheme to transform Wolverhampton has been unveiled by developers.

Proposals put forward in phase one of the city’s Interchange scheme include a new bus station, offices and shops.

Neptune Developments, in partnership with Wolverhampton Council and transport authority Centro, has submitted a detailed planning application to push ahead with the plans.

The application includes proposals to rebuild the bus station and remove the modern additions to the neighbouring Queens Building – a grade two-listed property – before restoring it for use as a café.

Also proposed is the demolition of Pipers Row House and the construction of a new, two-storey building to the east of the Queens Building, offering about 16,000 sq ft of retail space for a travel shop, cafés and restaurants, shops and offices.

It is estimated the £24 million initial phase will create 77 jobs. About 2,000 new jobs are expected once the entire scheme, with a new train station and city link boulevard, is finished.

Councillor Paddy Bradley, Wolverhampton’s cabinet member for regeneration and enterprise, said: “This is something the council and the people of Wolverhampton have wanted to see happen for a long time and the submission of the planning application is evidence the scheme is moving forward.”

The bus station will incorporate 19 stands laid out in a saw-tooth arrangement, making it easier for buses to access stops when others are occupied. Passengers will also be able to reach all the stands without crossing bus paths. It is hoped that, subject to approval, work could start in October with a view to the bus station being finished by Christmas next year. Coun Bradley added that alternative bus arrangements would be widely publicised and no services would suffer.

Chris Perry, of Centro, said: “The proposed new bus station is great news for passengers. They will get light and airy covered waiting areas and a generous passenger concourse at the entrance.”

Neptune chief executive Steve Parry said: “We are delighted to finally be able to submit our plans for the Interchange scheme which we are sure will dramatically improve the city centre.”
http://www.birminghampost.net/news/w...5233-23831759/
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Old June 10th, 2009, 01:41 AM   #9
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The planning app references

1) 09/00486/FUL 05/06/2009 Bus Station Pipers Row Wolverhampton West Midlands WV1 3LA New bus station and intergal 2 storey building (Block 11) comprising bus station offices and facilit

2) 09/00485/LBC 05/06/2009 Queens Building Victoria Square Wolverhampton West Midlands WV1 1LD Alterations and extensions on exterior of Queens Building and internal 'Strip out' works.

3) 09/00484/FUL 05/06/2009 Broad Street Car Park Broad Street Town Centre Wolverhampton West Midlands WV1 1HP Provision of interim bus layover space including erection of two temporary portacabins and erection

4) 09/00483/CON 05/06/2009 Bus Station Pipers Row Wolverhampton West Midlands WV1 3LA Demolition of Pipers Row House/Transport House, covered walkway, bus station clock and art feature o
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Old June 10th, 2009, 04:16 PM   #10
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Thanks feltip. Do Wolves put their planning docs on their website?
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Old June 11th, 2009, 02:54 AM   #11
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I couldn't find any. ?

Transport Briefing article on it.

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Wolverhampton interchange planning bid submitted
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Wolverhampton City Council, Centro and Neptune Developments have submitted a planning application to build phase one of the Wolverhampton Interchange project to provide a new hub for rail, tram and bus services.

A public consultation was held last year for the proposed £174 million scheme to rebuild the bus station, railway station, a range of leisure and commercial buildings and 200,000 sq ft of new public space. The global economic slowdown has delayed the project but a funding package in now place after the Department for Transport agreed to release a further £13 million towards the £24 million cost of first phase works.

The planning application includes proposals to rebuild the bus station and remove the modern additions to the neighbouring Queens Building, a Grade II listed property. This will then be restored to its former glory to enable its reuse as a cafe/bar. If the planning bid is approved construction could start in October this year.

Also proposed is the demolition of Pipers Row House and the construction of a new two-storey building offering around 16,000sq ft of retail space to the east of the Queens Building. This would accommodate a travel shop, further cafe/restaurant space, retail premises and offices.

The new bus station, which will be operated by passenger transport executive Centro, will include 19 stands laid out in a saw tooth arrangement, making it easier for buses to access stops when adjoining stands are occupied. Passengers will also be able to get to all of the bus stands without having to cross the bus circulation lanes. The design will also allow for the proposed Metro tram stop on Pipers Row to be fully integrated into the bus station.

An outline planning application for the remainder of the scheme will be submitted in July and will include improved pedestrian access to the Birmingham Canal, with a new pedestrian footbridge constructed across the ring road to provide a direct link between the new bus station and the railway station. It will also include the demolition of the railway multi-storey car park and the construction of a new station forecourt. In parallel with this, plans will be submitted to Network Rail for a new railway station and 1,200 space multi-story car park.

Steve Parry, chief executive of Liverpool-based Neptune Developments, said: "The current financial climate has meant many new developments around the country have had to be put on hold over the past year. Against this background we are delighted to finally be able to submit our plans for the interchange scheme which we are sure will dramatically improve Wolverhampton's city centre."

Chris Perry, Centro's head of operational services, added: "The proposed new bus station is great news for passengers. They will get light and airy covered waiting areas and a generous passenger concourse at the entrance to the station. Neptune's plans are exciting ones and they herald a new era for public transport in Wolverhampton."

Phase one of the Wolverhampton Interchange scheme will create 77 jobs while overall the project could provide around 2,000 new jobs for the city.

http://www.transportbriefing.co.uk/news/story?id=5987
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New revival bid for canalside

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A vision for the future of Wolverhampton’s canalside has been revealed – with bars, restaurants and shops occupying trendy ‘pods’.

Detailed plans unveiled by developers show how the waterways will be lined with the unusual buildings, which it is hoped will attract tourists.

New images show modern curved structures with unusual ‘blob’ like windows giving visitors a view onto the waterside as well as a new commercial development which is also part of the scheme.
Full story: http://www.expressandstar.com/2009/0...for-canalside/
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These renders looks promising although I can't see any 'curved structures with blob like windows'.











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Cool! Looks very interesting. There should be more red buildings proposed generally.

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Not modern red brick though, cus it always looks minging.

But these look fantastic, a real improvement on the area. I think the blob-like thing they refer to are those single storey structures on the waterfront which really don't look as good as they were described but look good nonetheless.
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Not modern red brick though, cus it always looks minging.
Agreed, that goes without saying.

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But these look fantastic, a real improvement on the area. I think the blob-like thing they refer to are those single storey structures on the waterfront which really don't look as good as they were described but look good nonetheless.
The curved glass around one of the elevations remind me of one of those American Diners you sometimes see on TV.
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That's looking smart
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This will sit nicely near Victoria Hall and really start to enhance this part of the city.
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Construction News report BAM (HBG) are doing the first stage - bus station?
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Looks like it's the bus station first but there are problems for the second phase .




Interchange hits the buffers
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The transformation of Wolverhampton’s train station was today on the verge of collapse after council bosses admitted they had no money to fund it.

The £176 million Interchange project would have transformed the station and the area around it, creating new hotels and hundreds of homes.

The first phase of the project, costing £22 million, will start in January to rebuild the city’s bus station in Piper’s Row.

But today Wolverhampton Council admitted it had no funding in place to start the second phase of the project. It admitted that unless it receives an injection of public sector funding it will not go ahead in the foreseeable future.

In a report to Wolverhampton City Council’s sustainable communities scrutiny panel, head of transportation David Orton said: “Because of the economic downturn it is unlikely that phase two can be brought forward in the short to medium term unless further public sector funding support can be sourced.”

The project had been due for completion in 2013. But today’s funding crisis announcement means a new 1,200-space car park at the rail station, two hotels, 413,000 sq ft of office space, 215 homes and canalside “pods” for bars, restaurants or shops are now in doubt.

Work has already begun on preparing to close the bus station in the new year while it is rebuilt with 19 stands. It is due to open in 2011.

Regeneration chief Councillor Paddy Bradley today said: “What we need to do now is bring forward phase two and work out what we do and don’t want.”
http://www.expressandstar.com/2009/1...s-the-buffers/

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