The i9 development has already become a prominent feature of Wolverhampton’s skyline and once finished in the coming weeks, work will begin on adding the brick-faced, pre-cast external façade
The concrete frame and upper floors for City of Wolverhampton Council’s eye-catching modern office development i9 are close to completion.
The finished building will provide up to 52,000 sq ft of stunning Grade A office space, has potential for 5,600 sq ft of leisure space for restaurants, and is planned for completion in summer 2021.
In a little over three months contractors, Graham, have already installed the pre-cast concrete columns and floor slabs, with just the roof level structure to be put in place on the six-storey building.
It is the next step in developing a thriving commercial quarter at the heart of Wolverhampton Interchange – bringing further investment and jobs to the city.
City of Wolverhampton Council and leading property developer, Ion, selected Glenn Howells Architects’ design for i9 as the winner from a strong field of ten UK leading architects and urban design practices in a national design competition.
It is set to house restaurants within the ground floor of the building as well as a rooftop amenity space, with panoramic views towards the city centre conservation area and Interchange.
Graham will target a BREEAM Excellent rating to guarantee the long-term sustainability of the building and lower any potential impact on the surrounding environment.
Opportunities for local people
Ion development director, Rob Mason, said: “As the structure has come out of the ground, the quality of the streetscape being created around the building is becoming apparent.
“It is going to provide an exceptional setting for i9 and the historic Chubb building and Prince Albert Pub.”
Councillor Stephen Simkins, cabinet member for City Economy, said: “Wolverhampton Business Week is currently focusing on the major projects and plans we have in the City of Wolverhampton.
“i9 is somewhat symbolic of the current climate where we are aiming to relight our city after being hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic.
“This fantastic development will help us stimulate economic growth in the city, bringing hundreds of jobs and much-needed opportunities for local people in our recovery from the current crisis.”
Graham regional director, Ronan Hughes, said: “We are delighted with progress on this important project for the City of Wolverhampton.
“The building structure and facade solution incorporates ‘Modern Methods of Construction’, using high-quality traditional building materials in a modern method of off-site assembly. This methodology brings enhanced quality and delivery confidence for this modern office development.”