City Learning Quarter to be delivered following £20m of investment
Wolverhampton is set to receive £20m to help deliver its City Learning Quarter vision which will generate and safeguard 750 jobs.
The scheme developed by the Council in partnership with City of Wolverhampton College will deliver a purpose-built learning facility for young people and adults to drive up skills levels.
The facility will be set over 10,000 sq m and will encompass City of Wolverhampton College’s Metro One Campus, the council’s Adult Education Service and Central Library.
It is set to be situated in the Old Hall Street and St. George’s Parade area of the city centre, incorporating a site on the corner of Garrick Street and Bilston Street, where the former Faces nightclub building once stood.
The City of Wolverhampton College will move from its out-dated Paget Road site, which has been identified as land to build much-needed housing.
Councillor Ian Brookfield said: “The City Learning Quarter will have a visible and tangible impact on the City of Wolverhampton and its residents, making a massive difference to everyday life through direct investment in skills and education.
“We are working hard with City of Wolverhampton College to ensure we not only deliver a vibrant education hub where we improve the city’s learning, apprenticeship and employment offers, but also that we retain our best talent, rather than losing people to different parts of the region”.
The proposals were initially supported by a £6.2m investment from the Council and Black Country LEP, which has enabled design work, site surveys and ground investigations, site acquisition and clearance to be completed.
The Council has also secured £5m from the Towns Fund and £20m from the Levelling Up Fund.
The further £20m announced by the Department for Education’s Minister for Skills, Alex Burghart, means all the funding is now in place to deliver the scheme, with the Council and college already having started the procurement process to secure a construction partner.
City of Wolverhampton College forecasts that over a 10-year period around 45,000 people will benefit from learning at the City Learning Quarter and around 7,500 apprenticeships will be started.
It is calculated that through energy efficient buildings and traffic reduction, more than 600 tonnes of CO2 emissions will be prevented from being released into the atmosphere each year. It is also estimated that our air will be cleaner due to 310kg of NOX particles not being discharged into the city.