Architects to design the first new homes on the Heath Town estate have been selected – with the demolition programme now complete.
Garages, a disused underground car park, 36 maisonettes and other buildings that have been vacant for some years have been removed from the Chervil Rise area.
The appointment of Walker Troup paves the way for the development of more than 300 brand new homes for sale and rent, including new council homes across several sites, as part of the revised Heath Town Masterplan.
The first phase will see around 30 new council homes built on land off Hobgate Road, Tithe Croft and Tremont Street – and the process has now begun to appoint a contractor to deliver them.
The project will also see the pedestrian bridge over Wednesfield Road reconnected.
Councillor Peter Bilson, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for City Assets and Housing, said: “Real change is happening on Heath Town and the appointment of architects brings us another step closer to the reality of new council homes on the estate.
“The majority of the new houses will come with gardens and Heath Town will soon look like a very different place.
“This is a major regeneration programme in the city that will make a huge difference to the quality of life and housing choice for our residents.”
The scheme is also being delivered in parallel with Wolverhampton Homes’ £50 million investment works, with the Wednesfield Road blocks currently undergoing refurbishment.
The new homes across Heath Town will be a mixture of one and two-bedroom apartments, and two-bedroom bungalows, as well as two, three and four-bedroom houses. All of the new homes will have their own car parking space provided.
Phase one of the enabling works at Heath Town saw the demolition of walkways and garages in the Hobgate Road area of the estate, and other works included disconnecting and re-routing the district heating pipework and the refurbishment of the ground and lower ground floors of Ling House to provide new office, meeting and activity space for the Hope Family Centre.
The demolition works have created an interim car park of 50 additional spaces on the site of the former Chervil Rise blocks.This is now available for use by Heath Town residents.