i9 office development moves ahead as enabling works begin

  Simon Gollins, GRAHAM site manager, Pat Cassily, GRAHAM senior project manager, Fraser Godfrey, Glenn Howells Architects senior architect, and Cllr Peter Bilson

Hoardings have gone up ahead of enabling works for a new office building which forms a crucial part of the £150m Wolverhampton Interchange regeneration.

Work is set to start this spring on i9, which emerged as a scheme following the success of the i10 complex on the opposite side of Railway Drive.

It will provide up to 52,000 sq ft of Grade A office space and has the potential for 5,600 sq ft of leisure space for restaurants.

It is planned for completion in 2020.

i9 is the next step in building a thriving commercial quarter at the heart of Wolverhampton Interchange.

City of Wolverhampton Council and property developer Ion picked Glenn Howells Architects’, the architects behind the Paradise Birmingham scheme – one of the biggest city centre development projects in the UK, to design i9.

Cllr Peter Bilson, deputy leader and cabinet member for city assets and housing, said: “The hoardings going up around the site mean we are now very close to works starting on the spectacular i9 building at heart of the city’s Interchange. It is another step towards our aspirations of creating a Commercial District in this area of the city. We want this building to become the design and quality benchmark for future developments in the city and to demonstrate our ambition for the city centre. This important site ideally lends itself to a distinctive, high-quality headquarters building.”

Chris Jones, Ion associate director, added: “We’re delighted to be progressing on this much-anticipated Grade A office building for Wolverhampton. i10 has proven a demand in Wolverhampton – and the new state of the art transport links of the Interchange will be another huge draw for businesses to re-locate in the city.”