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whg has announced it is working with Jessup on the transformation of an iconic hospital site in Wolverhampton.

Jessup, who have been awarded the redevelopment of the Wolverhampton Royal Hospital site by Homes England (HE), will be working in partnership with whg on the project, which will see the iconic hospital converted into apartments for the over 55s as a wellbeing scheme.

The regeneration also proposes to provide houses and apartments on land to the rear of the hospital building, for sale, shared ownership and affordable rent. The “Porters Lodge” will also be refurbished. Jessup will be working closely with City of Wolverhampton Council and partners to progress the design and ensure it meets the high quality standards required.

Jessup and whg are also currently progressing a redevelopment of the former bus depot site at Cleveland Road in front of the Royal Hospital. Together, these two developments will provide an impressive gateway into the City of Wolverhampton, including mixed tenure homes and accommodation for older people. 

Gary Fulford, whg Chief Executive said: “We’re very excited to be working in partnership with Jessup to transform this brownfield site of significant local interest into a range of multigenerational and multi tenure homes for the benefit of the local community.

“This development will provide much needed affordable homes in this prime location within the heart of Wolverhampton.”

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Clive Jessup, Jessup CEO, commented: “I am delighted Homes England has chosen Jessup for this next phase of this important city development. It means we can continue to invest in the local area with our support of local suppliers and subcontractors whilst continuing our apprenticeship programme. It also ensures the future of a much-loved historic building and comprehensively redevelops brownfield land with much needed quality, energy efficient homes.”

City of Wolverhampton Council Cabinet Member for City Economy, Councillor Harman Banger, said: “This is great news for a strategically important site that is part of the £4.4 billion regeneration taking place in our city.

“We will work with Jessup and whg to ensure a suitable scheme is brought forward that will transform this area and deliver new housing and jobs – making the former Royal site a key gateway to the city centre.

“It is a critical part of how we are re-imagining and re-inventing our city centre, along with great connectivity, great public spaces, a great leisure and sporting offer, vibrant events, outstanding arts and culture, and a thriving commercial district.”

The developments have both been designed by award winning Midlands architects BPN, who have taken inspiration from the local heritage and neighbouring properties to deliver outstanding designs.

BPN Director Dean Shaw commented: “The development of this important gateway scheme within the Cleveland Road Conservation area presents an opportunity for the city to continue its regeneration, reconnecting the site to the town centre. The scheme will allow this once important route into the City to be re-established with opportunities for high quality public realm as a catalyst for future development. We will be working with the City and its partners to ensure the scheme sets a benchmark for urban development providing high quality sustainable homes and spaces."

Both schemes were won via competitive tender through the Government’s Homes England Delivery Partner Panel 3 Framework.

Tara Kennedy, Senior Development Manager at Homes England, said: “We’re always looking to accelerate the pace of housebuilding with our partners, so are delighted to see this project take the next step forward. This site will deliver homes across a range of tenures and we are looking forward to seeing spades in the ground.”