Locals invited to St George's neighbourhood big reveal

Released: 09 July 2024

Locals invited to St George's neighbourhood big reveal
Locals invited to St George's neighbourhood big reveal

DESIGNS for a standout new neighbourhood at the St George’s site in Wolverhampton are set to be revealed for the first time at a city centre event next week.

Since spring, four award-winning teams of architects have been working up their vision for the brownfield plot – a key gateway site for the city. It’s part of a landmark competition led by City of Wolverhampton Council, social impact developers Capital&Centric and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

The architect teams will now unveil their respective ideas at a free event at Wulfrun Hall, The Halls, North Street, Wolverhampton on Wednesday, July 17, 2024. Anyone is welcome to attend the showcase, to be hosted by architect Angela Brady OBE, a past president of RIBA who’s overseeing the competition.

Visitors can choose from one of two sessions (3pm or 5.30pm) and can expect a Dragon’s Den style format, as each of the four shortlisted teams get ten minutes to pitch their vision for what will become an impressive new neighbourhood.

Attendees will then get a chance to wander around, speak to the teams to explore their ideas and provide valuable local feedback. It’ll be the first time that the designs will be seen in public since the competition launched.

Speaking ahead of the event, Councillor Chris Burden, Cabinet Member for City Development, Jobs and Skills at City of Wolverhampton Council, said:

“St George’s is a fantastic opportunity to create a game-changing neighbourhood of which the city can be proud. It’s a critical part of our citywide plan to unlock investment in considered development that delivers much-needed homes and new opportunities for our communities.

“Through this competition we have secured designs from award-winning architects that we hope set a new design benchmark for brownfield regeneration in Wolverhampton. I cannot wait to see what local residents make of the designs the shortlisted teams have come up with and hope as many people as possible get along to the event at The Halls on July 17.”

Angela Brady OBE, said:

“It is a testament to the scale of opportunity at St George’s that we’ve had 11 highly-regarded architects practices forming four teams for this competition. They’ve been collaborating to come up with diverse and inclusive designs to ensure the new neighbourhood sets a high benchmark for well-considered regeneration in Wolverhampton.

“Each of the designs shows great promise and creativity and we can’t wait to show them to the city. We’re encouraging as many people as possible to come and joins us for the community presentations and feedback session. Visitors will be able to see what the teams have come up with and let us know which designs they like.”

Social impact developers Capital&Centric are aiming to replicate the approach they’ve successfully delivered in other cities, attracting investment into imaginative and creative communities that feature restored historic buildings alongside contemporary new builds, as well as providing lush green public gardens.

The intention for the former Sainsbury’s supermarket site is for a neighbourhood with a kaleidoscope of hundreds of homes, community spaces and green streets, centred around a repurposed Grade II listed church. It’s anticipated to feature shops, workspaces, café bars and lots of community open space, adding a vibrant new quarter to Wolverhampton’s city centre, with links to the £61million City Learning Quarter set to open in 2025.

John Moffat, joint managing director at Capital&Centric, said:

“We all share the ambition to make St George’s the jewel in Wolverhampton’s crown. We want to see an exciting neighbourhood that people can be proud of, where there’s something for everyone – whether that’s homes to attract more people to live in the city centre or new places to shop and hang out. The competition has secured some brilliant architects to focus their attention on the city’s future and we can’t wait to start showing what they’ve been cooking up.”

Anyone who wants to attend one of the two showcase events should register in advance:

Register for either session

The RIBA contest launched earlier this year, with a long list whittled down to a shortlist of four competition teams of architects. The teams set to present are:

  • Ash Sakula, Turner Works and Archio [three practices]
  • Henley Halebrown, Studio Weave and APPARATA [three practices]
  • Metropolitan Workshop, Studio Bark and Mole [three practices]
  • Mikhail Riches and Periscope [two practices]