City of Wolverhampton Council is set to approve funding for the final design of the ambitious City Learning Quarter – with demolition works on course to be completed by the end of the summer.
The former Faces nightclub building on the corner of Garrick Street and Bilston Street is being brought down by contractors.
As part of the project, a collection of small, vacant buildings in the council’s ownership on St George’s Parade have also been demolished.
When the council’s Cabinet meets on Wednesday, July 31, it is recommended to agree £4 million to progress the scheme. This will be recouped from a grant bid of up to £30 million from the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) once the bid is approved.
The demolition programme will enable more detailed ground investigations to take place ahead of a full planning application being submitted for the City Learning Quarter development.
The City Learning Quarter will be delivered around the Old Hall Street and St George’s Parade area of the city centre.
It will see City of Wolverhampton College relocate its Paget Road campus activities to the location, and will also encompass the college’s Metro One Campus, the council’s Adult Education Service, and Central Library.
The aim is to improve the offer to all users of the library, college and adult education provision.
The City Learning Quarter will also see investment in the buildings and public realm around them as part of the re-imagining of Wolverhampton city centre, which is benefiting from £1 billion of investment.
Councillor Harman Banger, Cabinet Member for City Economy, said:
“This forward funding will enable this important scheme to progress while we await official confirmation of our grant from the Black Country LEP.
“The City Learning Quarter will sit in a key city centre location and is part of how we are re-imagining our city centre.
“It will provide a huge facelift to that area and bring in increased footfall to help boost the local economy.
“It is vital we improve the city’s learning, apprenticeship and employment offers to young people and adults in the City of Wolverhampton.
“The City Learning Quarter will provide an inspirational environment for people to learn in and will offer excellent connectivity to the near-by railway station, bus station and tram stops.
“We are working hard with City of Wolverhampton College to ensure we deliver an education hub that will enable education and skills providers, students and residents to flourish and grow together.”