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Old November 24th, 2006, 10:47 AM   #101
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I also discovered a Road I'd never deen down called Leicester Street with some splendid old buildings
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Old November 24th, 2006, 11:30 AM   #102
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Here's a bit of info from Houseladder for St Matthew's Quarter:

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A £40 million St Matthew's Quarter regeneration scheme in the centre of Walsall is set to transform the area and boost the housing market.

The first phase – a joint venture between St Modwen Properties and Goold Estates - is now underway and should be completed by May.

It will see a 118,000 square feet Asda store, a series of shops and 41 apartments, according to St Modwen. There will also be a 1,000-space multi-storey car park that will be built on the site of the former Sainsbury's store.

The second phase, meanwhile, will see 45,000 square feet of offices built in the rear of the Grade II listed Shannons Mill. The front of the building will be the site for 50 apartments, with both developments adding impetus to the local property market.

Derek West, development director of St Modwen, said: "Phase two is an exciting regeneration and re-use of the old Shannon building to create open plan, character offices and apartments, as well as bringing the George Street retail frontage back into use."
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Old November 24th, 2006, 11:33 AM   #103
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Old November 24th, 2006, 03:13 PM   #104
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Here's the first phase of St Matthew's:
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Old November 24th, 2006, 04:53 PM   #105
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Those photos from Smiley make me happy.

Am I the only person in the world who wants to "Escape to the... Walsall"??
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Old November 24th, 2006, 08:14 PM   #106
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Thanks for those titbits of info Bio. It's a hell of a chunk of land by any big city standards so will make a great impact in Walsall's ever improving and pleasent town centre... or could it end up as a city eventually?!
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Old November 24th, 2006, 08:18 PM   #107
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I think there have been several attempts by Birmingham council to incorporate it into Birmingham.
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Old November 24th, 2006, 08:41 PM   #108
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I think there have been several attempts by Birmingham council to incorporate it into Birmingham.
I mean in its own right. Wolverhampton managed it.
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Old November 24th, 2006, 08:52 PM   #109
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Yeh I knew what you meant but I was just saying that there have been attempts. Give it some more expansion room and time and I think it'll have a fighitng chance.
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Old November 24th, 2006, 09:10 PM   #110
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It would be a crime if Walsall expanded and "filled in the gaps"! Walsall's townlets (Bloxwich, Aldridge, Brownhills etc) are mostly separate from each other with greenbelt which gives them individuality. You don't get that in many metropolitan boroughs ...apart from Solihull perhaps!
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Old December 4th, 2006, 09:52 AM   #111
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EG reports that Walsall Council have backed the detailed planning application for the £70m first phase Walsall Waterfront with Urban Splash

144 000 sq ft offices, 130-bed hotel, 150 dwellings, 2 public squares, 41 000 sq ft leisure & retail.

Work must be starting fairly soon!
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Old December 6th, 2006, 04:20 AM   #112
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Hi Bio,

As posted in the Walsall Waterfront thread on site start is due in in Q3 2007. The updated renders were published in the Express & Star and looked awesome btw. I think your claim that Walsall is the place to be is looking very good indeed.

There is one hiccup with proceedings and that remains the Wharf Bar, this should be resolved in the next few weeks I believe.
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My black cat was just watching Bio's avatar!
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Old December 6th, 2006, 10:36 AM   #114
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do you have any other coloured cats?

Thanks for the info hammer. Now that Urban Splash are wrapping up Fort Dunlop, they will be looking for something to pour their efforts into.

US seem very philosophical about the Wharf Bar - they say it won't hinder them if it stays. I hope it does stay tbh.

As for Walsall, well, it is closer to Brum than Wolves, it has some great old architecture, some exciting new architecture, and a stong history. Seemingly good civic leadership too

IMO Walsall BADLY needs to upgrade its railway station (don't we all?) and ensure there is a good and permanent link to Brum & Wolves.
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Old December 6th, 2006, 10:37 AM   #115
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Btw - I heard something about The Public in West Brom on the news today but didn't quite catch it. Anybody hear anything?
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Old December 6th, 2006, 11:18 AM   #116
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IMO Walsall BADLY needs to upgrade its railway station (don't we all?) and ensure there is a good and permanent link to Brum & Wolves.
Did I hear right that the service between Walsall and Wolves was being withdrawn or did I dream it?
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Old December 6th, 2006, 12:08 PM   #117
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They tried, but they were reinstated.
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I think there's also an extra bit of hope for that line. Aren't they hoping to reopen services to Sutton from Walsall and then onto Walmley, joining the Nuneton line back into Brum (with a station at the Fort)?
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Old December 6th, 2006, 02:55 PM   #119
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I heard something about a station at the Fort. Not sure what came of it though.

The Public thing is that a broken window cost £40k to repair. A snip!
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Didn't Ayli die last week?
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