Within the centre of Wolverhampton, the Interchange & Commercial Gateway development area is set to be a modern integrated public transport interchange and a hub for high grade commercial development.
Following the success of the fully let i10, a 40,000 sqft grade-A office development with retail and leisure uses, the Council owned i9 site is allocated for the next phase of development. Our proposal, which reached the final three, is a contextually driven high quality office building suitable for this important and sensitive city centre site. It is a landmark building that reflects the City’s regeneration aspirations, knitting seamlessly into the Interchange urban design proposals as well as the immediate historic and contemporary context.
The design competition called for:
- A masterplan that establishes an overall design vision and individual development briefs for the remaining parcels of land connected.
- A design for the i9 site that meets the requirement for a landmark office building whilst delivering both commercial imperatives and being sensitive to its neighbouring Victorian landmarks
- Indicative designs for a second office building to be developed on the former Steam Mill site
Our Architecture, Urban Design and Landscape Design teams were one of three shortlisted finalists in the competition. Our vision was to create an arrival gateway not just to Wolverhampton but to the wider region as a whole. The resulting masterplan proposed three distinct destinations, each with their own unique identity, function and attractions which collectively reinforce Wolverhampton Interchange as a pivotal hub.
1. Broad Street Basin and Banana Yard - a leisure destination focused around the historic canal basin which integrates existing listed buildings. A collection of bars, cafes and restaurants create an intimate 'alfresco amphitheatre' which gives multiple vantage points to consume events and performances on the waterside 'stage' below.
2. Office Gateway - A collection of Grade A buildings clustered around a crossroads forms the defining architectural piece of the gateway. The i9 scheme and a potential new landmark tower signposts this important gateway while the creation of a 'Box Park' creates a multi textural facade of uses and activities, and can be quickly created with high effect.
3. Living Waterside - This mixed use canalside quarter is a melting pot of living, working and playing which connects residential areas while integrating rich heritage assets. A new office building forms a new landmark and two sensitive additions are made to the retained warehouse to provide leisure and apartment living.
To download our full, shortlisted entry, please click here.