The Former Eye Infirmary redevelopment project in Wolverhampton has reached an exciting milestone as demolition has begun on site. After a series of meticulous planning and preparatory efforts, the project is now ready for spades to be put in the ground, marking a significant step towards the transformation of this long abandoned historic site.

The site currently houses 3 locally listed buildings, 2 of which will be kept. The 1888’s original tower block and the 1928 Nurses’ Home building will be restored to their former glory. However, the 1937 Outpatients’/Accident and Emergency building will soon be demolished. Structural surveys have deemed this building structurally unsafe, and ear marked it for demolition. 

The famous Wolverhampton architect for the Outpatients’/Accident and Emergency building was Richard Twentyman (1903 to 79) of Lavender and Twentyman, one of the most important architectural practices working in Wolverhampton in the mid 20th century. Although this building has come to the end of its life, Twentyman’s memory will live long through the replacement newbuild apartment complex which will be named ‘Twentyman House’. 

Zed Ahmed the Director of BZ Property Holdings: “We wanted to be onsite in January this year however, the project encountered some delays, We had to conduct tower stabilisation works to preserve the architectural integrity of the iconic 1888’s tower, discharge pre-commencement conditions, engage building regulations officers, conduct essential substation relocation works, finalise stopping up orders, install new site hoarding and more importantly carry out a detailed historic report of the ‘Twentyman’ building.’ Despite these essential delays, we are eager to progress works as soon as possible.”

Prior to any demolition, a comprehensive and detailed historic report was commissioned. This report has documented and preserved the historical significance of the ‘Twentyman building. The creation of this report required extensive research, analysis, and collaboration with heritage experts to ensure the preservation of the site's rich history.

Maariayh Mahmood of BZ Property Holdings has said: “I believe this proposal is about delivering positive change in Wolverhampton and the excitement of bringing old buildings back to use. The proposals will rejuvenate this part of Chapel Ash and act as a catalyst for further investment in Wolverhampton. It’s been a pleasure working with the planning officers and local councillors. We would like to thank all involved in supporting us on this journey.”

The scheme showcases the power of proactive engagement and creative thinking in urban development and supports the council’s commitment to fostering positive change and revitalizing neglected spaces for the betterment of the entire city. 

City of Wolverhampton Council Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Inclusive City Economy, Councillor Stephen Simkins, said: “The former Eye Infirmary is iconic and has played a huge part in the lives of so many of our citizens.

“That is why our planning department has worked hard with partners to ensure a suitable scheme is brought forward on this strategically important site. The fact works have now started on site, following the necessary planning and building regulation approvals, is a testament to the resilience and determination of all those involved.

“I am looking forward to watching BZ Property Holdings deliver a sensitive transformation that will bring the historic buildings back into use and lead to new housing and employment opportunities for the residents of Wolverhampton.”
The demolition of the Twentyman building and vacant outbuildings is part of Phase 0. This phase is estimated to last 8 to 10 weeks and will pave the way for the subsequent Phase 1 works. The project team is committed to ensuring that the demolition is carried out safely, efficiently, and with minimal disruption to the surrounding areas.

Stuart Anderson MP said: “The former Eye Infirmary site's progress serves as an inspiration and blueprint for future developments in Wolverhampton. It demonstrates what can be achieved when stakeholders work together towards a shared vision. This success story should encourage others in our city to explore innovative approaches and replicate the positive transformation seen here.”

The redevelopment of this site will provide new housing, employment opportunities and resolve long standing issues of anti social behaviour, dilapidation and blight on the surrounding area. The housing provision will suit a range of local needs including some family sized units and units catering for disability.

Councillor Wendy Dalton Said: “It is through the efforts of individuals and investors like Mr Ahmed that we can create vibrant, thriving communities. Let this be a steppingstone towards a brighter future for Wolverhampton, where neglected sites are rejuvenated into a valuable asset for the community, and new opportunities are embraced.”

We look forward to this site becoming once again a vibrant and valuable asset for the community.

For further information and updates visit on the Former Eye Infirmary redevelopment project, please visit Our Proposal