GHA have been announced as the winners of Wolverhampton’s Interchange design competition.
At the heart of the plan is the eye-catching i9 modern office development to be built on Railway Drive. i9 will provide 50,000 sq ft of Grade A office space, will be completed by the end of 2018 and is set to become a national or regional headquarters for a major business.
GHA’s design was selected by the council and development partner, ION Development, from a strong field of ten of the UK’s leading architects and urban design practices.
Councillor John Reynolds, Cabinet Member for City Economy, said: “Glenn Howells Architects have produced outstanding designs, that combined with blueprints for the other parcels of land, will help us quickly progress developments with our Interchange partners over the coming years 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.”
Glenn Howells Architects Director, Dav Bansal, said: “As part of the city’s ambition to create a world-class arrival and new business address, we are delighted to be designing the next generation of office space for i9.”
Steve Parry, Managing Director of ION Development, said: “The i9 competition attracted some excellent submissions, but Glenn Howells design stood out as an iconic building that is sympathetic within its environment, whilst still demonstrating City of Wolverhampton’s ambition to compete as a prime city centre office location.”
The design had to be sensitive to neighbouring Victorian landmarks such as the Chubb Buildings and the Prince Albert pub. The proposal also includes a vision for the former Steam Mill site, and a refreshed masterplan for the remaining parcels of land within the city’s £132 million transport hub and commercial gateway.