Royal Gardens, Wolverhampton
Located approximately 1km south-east of the city centre, the regeneration forms part of the All Saints and Blakenhall Community Development Partnership (ABCD), Wolverhampton’s former New Deal for Communities and was identified in the “All Saints Renewal and Investment Strategy”.
The project was a strategic priority for the local authority being a fairly deprived area with high levels of crime and unemployment, with much of the housing stock in a dismal condition. As recently as the 1980s, many houses in the area were lacking bathrooms and indoor toilets. Wolverhampton City Council undertook a programme of clearance and completed the purchase and demolition of all the former homes. Through an OJEU procurement process which commenced in November 2009, Keepmoat was awarded the contract in May 2011.
Keepmoat’s successful tender included for the construction of 101 new 2, 3, 4 and 5 bed homes plus a reprovision of a vicarage for the Diocese of Wolverhampton. There was also a requirement for the provision of 25% affordable homes which equates to 25 units for affordable rent with Accord Housing Association our Registered Provider partner.
Throughout the process a number of events have been held to involve local stakeholders and form relationships including liaising with the All Saints Steering Group a group made up of residents, Ward Members, local community groups, local authority officers and ASAN (All Saints Action Network) who own and run the Workspace, a community enterprise based in All Saints. Keepmoat sort opinions on a number of important design issues including what types of homes the group would like to see on the site, location of kitchens, elevational treatments and green space provision.
The final design was produced through the Steering Group and following our appointment a review of the design was undertaken by BM3 architects in consultation with the group and planning officers. This has resulted in a layout that all stakeholders are happy with but also meets planning requirements. A planning application was submitted in February 2012 and was determined at committee in June 2012.
We started on site in October 2012 and sales have already bucked the current housing market trend with a dozen sales secured within two weeks of the show home opening with buyers purchasing ‘off plan’. All homes have been designed to be stylish and practical with a range of energy saving measures to drive down energy bills.
As part of the wider All Saints regeneration Tesco have acquired the adjacent site and have been granted full planning permission to construct a major superstore in the grounds of the old Royal
Hospital a listed building bringing a historic landmark site back in to use. The application will also include the provision of a smaller retail provision along with a café and communal area, all adding to the regeneration of the All Saints area.
Royal Gardens in Wolverhampton is made up of two sites on Raby Street and Gordon Street and forms part of the wider regeneration of the All Saints area.
Wolverhampton City Council
Royal Gardens, Wolverhampton
101 new 2, 3, 4 and 5 bed homes