Released: October 8, 2020

City Interchange project shortlisted for top honours

City of Wolverhampton Council’s Interchange project has been shortlisted in three categories for Insider's West Midlands Property Awards 2020.

Wolverhampton Railway Station phase one complete (left) and phase two in construction (right)
Wolverhampton Railway Station phase one complete (left) and phase two in construction (right)

A computer generated image of the completed railway station connecting to tram and bus
A computer generated image of the completed railway station connecting to tram and bus

More than 40 businesses and projects have made the cut for this year’s showcase of the region’s real estate sector.

The Interchange project has been shortlisted for the Construction Project of the Year, Regeneration Project of the Year and Sustainability awards.

The winners of ten categories will be announced at the gala dinner on Thursday, March 4, 2021, at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole hotel.

The demolition and construction of Wolverhampton’s new railway station building, being carried out by contractors Galliford Try, underpins the city’s £150million Interchange scheme, which is delivering improvements to bus, tram and train connectivity.

Once the railway station is completed in early 2021, final works will begin to connect the station to a new Metro extension, creating a fully integrated transport hub with the neighbouring bus station and a first-class gateway to the city centre.

The development works have been cleverly designed in two phases to ensure they do not impact on train services from Wolverhampton.

The latest success follows on the back of the Wolverhampton Interchange project last month being shortlisted as one of only six schemes for the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) West Midlands Awards for Planning Excellence 2020 prize, with the winner to be announced next month.

City of Wolverhampton Council Cabinet Member for City Economy, Councillor Stephen Simkins, said: “The railway station is a beacon of the multi-billion-pound regeneration that is taking place across our city. It is an extraordinary project and I am delighted it is getting the recognition it deserves.

“A lot of hard work has been done by the council, Ion Developments and partners to make this transformational scheme a reality.

“Projects like the railway station, and other capital schemes like the i9 office development and Civic Halls are critical to our recovery from Covid-19 – creating jobs, driving further investment and giving our businesses confidence to get back on their feet and grow.

“The completed Interchange will connect train, tram and bus in one place and will ultimately provide a gateway to our city that we can all enjoy using - and be proud of.”

Wolverhampton Interchange Partnership consists of City of Wolverhampton Council (CWC), Ion Developments, West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), West Midlands Railway, Avanti West Coast, Network Rail, Midland Metro Alliance, Canal & River Trust, and Black Country LEP.