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Research & Development

Urban Regeneration

Springfield Campus

Springfield Campus in the City of Wolverhampton is a strategic investment opportunity of a nationally significant development at the heart of the West Midlands.

Phase One of the development focused on learning, skills development and education and saw the establishment of a number of strategic schemes including the Thomas Telford University Technical College, the Elite Centre for Manufacturing Skills and most recently the state-of-the-art School of Architecture & Built Environment. The latter is an 85,000 sq.ft teaching and learning facility for over 1,200 students and designed to cater all professional & industry training.

Phase 2 of the development concentrated on developing research and policy expertise through the establishment of the National Brownfield Institute. This £15m development will open in March and will focus on the practical application of future brownfield regeneration through the work of research teams, leading policy development and commercial services.

This opportunity relates to the next strategic phase of development, integrating the promotion of industrial engagement and co-location. Industry will not only have the opportunity of a city-centre presence but access to a significant skills base and talent pool, world class research and innovation facilities and expertise and a business support framework to help test and support innovation and associated practices.

Key facts

• Home to the National Brownfield Institute, Europe’s largest Construction Centre of Excellence, 85,000 sq ft build on 12 acre site with 6 acres available for development in phase 2

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Opportunity location

Why invest in Wolverhampton?

Wolverhampton has been backed by the UK Government in February’s Levelling Up White Paper to continue to deliver even more ambitious regeneration projects across the city. This is a strong endorsement of the work of the City of Wolverhampton Council who have an impressive track record of delivery in partnership with a range of public and private sector organisations.

With £4.4 billion worth of investment on site or planned, the face of our city is changing through the creation of a wealth of attractive opportunities for developers and investors. Prime examples of this collaborative working are the award-winning £1 billion i54 business park, the £150 million Interchange transport hub, the £17.5 million National Brownfield Institute at the University of Wolverhampton’s Springfield Campus and the

£16 million construction of the i9 office complex – now home to the Department for Levelling Up, Homes and Communities’ second headquarters.

With 10,000 new homes planned, the potential for another 1 million square foot of office space, opportunities in retail, leisure and hospitality and an enviable portfolio of heritage buildings, Wolverhampton is a prime location for investment in the heart of the UK.

Insight for investors

• Type of Investment Sought: Investor, co-development, development funding
• Value and cost info: £125m+ GDV
• Site Size: 12acres
• Timescale: 2022 onwards
• Delivery Timescale: Immediate
• Planning Status: As part of the local area plan

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Primary promotor

University of Wolverhampton