Planning permission for the demolition and remediation work was granted in November last year, and contractors Coleman have been setting up on site over the last few weeks, with work now underway to remove the roof of the former depot buildings.
Work on the bus depot part of the site is just the first phase of development of new homes at the former Royal Hospital site in Wolverhampton. The HCA acquired the former Royal Hospital site last year to create new homes and a high profile gateway development into the city centre.
In total the site comprises 12.5 acres of land, which includes the former bus depot and further development land as well as the former Royal Hospital itself. The site will be predominately used for residential development.
Charlotte Hill, the HCA’s Head of Home Ownership and Supply in the Midlands, said:
“We’re determined to speed up the construction of new homes so it’s great to see work getting started to prepare the former bus depot for housing. Along with the remainder of the Royal Hospital site, this work will bring much needed housing for the city, meaning more local people in Wolverhampton can have access to a home of their own.”
City of Wolverhampton Council Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for City Housing and Assets, Councillor Peter Bilson, said: “To see work starting on bringing this strategically important site back to life is another hugely encouraging sign of the regeneration taking place in our city.
“I am looking forward to seeing how the HCA pushes forward with this new housing development on the area of the old bus depot – and the wider site as a whole in the coming years.
“Over a £1 billion of investment in city centre projects is either on site or in the pipeline and the HCA plans will not only bring new jobs, business and housing – but will make the former Royal Hospital site a key gateway to the city centre.”