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i9 Railway Drive plans submitted to Wolverhampton council

By David Cosgrove | Wolverhampton | Property | Published:

Plans for a new modern office development in Wolverhampton have been officially submitted.

An artist's impression of the i9 development

An application for the proposed i9 building on Railway Drive have been lodged with Wolverhampton council by property developer Ion.

The scheme follows the i10 complex on the opposite side of the road, which was fully let within nine months of its doors opening.

Chiefs said i9 will provide 50,000 sq ft of office space for businesses when it is completed in 2020.

The proposals were well received at a public consultation event at the city’s Light House last month.

Wolverhampton council and Ion selected Glenn Howells Architects’ design for i9 as the winner from a strong field of ten UK leading architects and urban design practices.

They are the architects behind the Paradise Birmingham scheme – one of the biggest city centre development projects in the UK.

Councillor John Reynolds, cabinet member for city economy, said: “Since i10 was completed we have seen increasing demand for quality office space in that location of the city, particularly from large space users.

“i9 was always envisaged to satisfy that demand, and it is great news that the official planning application has now been put forward for consideration.

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“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.

“This important site ideally lends itself to a distinctive, high-quality headquarters building.

"We know there are inquiries swirling around the market for that kind of building.”

David Cosgrove

By David Cosgrove
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