City of Wolverhampton’s growing residential development opportunities will be highlighted at a city Business Week free online event on Tuesday (22 September).

A panel of some of the city’s key partners, headed by Anthony McCourt, CEO of Court Collaboration, will speak about repurposing the city centre around city living. 

They will provide an insight into development opportunities and why developers currently view City of Wolverhampton as a key growth opportunity.

It comes on the back of the announcement earlier this year of an ambitious multi-million-pound city living development on Lower Horsley Fields by Placefirst.

The award winning build to rent developer is set to deliver 350 high quality homes on 5 acres of brownfield land. 

It will be located close to Wolverhampton’s new £150 million transport Interchange, providing quick, direct access to Birmingham, London and Manchester, Canalside represents a key element of the first phase of the council’s plans to transform the city centre’s canalside area with a mix of residential, leisure and commercial spaces. 

Placefirst are currently finalising their detailed planning application.

Meanwhile, Court Collaboration continue to work closely with City of Wolverhampton Council on the land assembly for Brewers Yard, which will be situated on brownfield land neighbouring University of Wolverhampton’s Springfield Campus. 

It will deliver hundreds of city houses and apartments, as well as new retail and commercial space at the heart of the city. 

McCourt said: “I am always amazed at Wolverhampton’s zeal and resilience even through what is a very difficult year, and our relationship with the City of Wolverhampton bringing forward our Brewers Yard scheme is no exception to that.

“This business online event is a great opportunity to take stock and understand how to truly capitalise on the many talents and value add propositions across this great city to ensure our recovery coming out of the Covid-19 pandemic is best in class for the citizens of the city and its business community.”

Participants at the Business Week event will also hear about the importance to these residential development schemes of the National Brownfield Institute (NBI) that is to be built at the University of Wolverhampton’s Springfield Campus after £14.9 million of Government funding was recently secured. 

The NBI will be a world class institute that provides the facility to develop advanced skills, technologies and methodologies through innovation and partnership with the construction industry; focuses on the practical application of future brownfield regeneration through the work of research teams; and will lead policy development, research and innovation, and commercial services for brownfield regeneration.

Councillor Stephen Simkins, Cabinet Member for City Economy, said: “We are re-imaging and re-inventing the shape of our city centre to inject new life into it.

“Residential development to create urban living is critical to this and this Business Week event will give people access to some of the key players in this sector.

“There is more than £1billion of investment on site or in the pipeline in the city centre and the residential market is strong, which can only be good for growth and jobs.”

Reimaging our City Centre - growing the residential market, will run from 2pm to 2.45pm on Tuesday. To register for a place and find out more visit INVEST. Registration closes at 9am on Monday 21 September.