Willmott Dixon has been appointed by Telford & Wrekin Council to deliver the first phase of the town’s Station Quarter project, a critical regeneration project for the local community made possible after the council secured £22.3m from the Government’s Towns Fund.
To be situated between town’s railway station and Telford town centre, the development will include new homes, as well as a digital skills and enterprise hub run by Telford College and the University of Wolverhampton.
Procured via Pagabo’s Major Works Framework, the project brings together Willmott Dixon’s construction and development solutions expertise.
Cllr David Wright, Cabinet Member for Economy, Housing, Transport and Infrastructure at Telford & Wrekin Council, said: “The Station Quarter will be a transformational development for Telford and we are delighted that we will be working with one of the country’s leading construction companies as our partner in the project.
“The £22.3million secured from the Towns Fund for our bid will prove a game-changer for Telford and the wider borough, helping us boost the skills of the area’s workforce and providing more new homes for local people.
“Willmott Dixon will now be working with the council and partners to support design development in preparation for the submission of a planning application in spring next year as well as supporting the council to preparing business cases, which is the next stage in securing the Towns Investment Funding.”
David Atkinson, regional head of land and development for Willmott Dixon, said: “We are delighted to be supporting Telford & Wrekin Council and the town’s stakeholders in delivering the Station Quarter project.
“Working with leading development, design and funding partners we’re excited create a new community in Telford town centre. The Station Quarter is a highly accessible site, and we’re keen to unlock its potential to support the wider regeneration of Telford town centre. We have ambitious plans to deliver highly-sustainable, new homes, educational space, and leisure facilities supported by new public realm and green spaces.”
Graham Wynn, chair of Telford Towns Fund Board, added: “The Town Deal Board are delighted with the success of our bid in achieving 22.3 million for Telford and look forward to working in partnership with the Council and its chosen partners. It is important that we now move swiftly into the delivery phase. Station Quarter is a key gateway to the centre of our town and a vital link between the shopping centre and the main line station. It is therefore crucial that we get this phase right and I believe that Willmott Dixon is the best partner to help us deliver this.”
Jonathan Parker, National Framework Manager at Pagabo, said: “We’re really pleased to have supported Telford & Wrekin Council with the quick and compliant appointment of Willmott Dixon. This investment is set to provide a huge boost to the town centre and ultimately bring benefits to the whole local community. I’m looking forward to seeing this new development start to take shape over the coming months.”
The project is the latest town centre regeneration scheme for Willmott Dixon. In the summer of 2020, the business completed the regeneration of Rochdale Riverside, creating 200,000 sq. ft of retail and leisure space to encourage inward investment to the town. Also, in the Autumn of 2020, it handed over the Llys Cadwyn development in Pontypridd to Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council, delivering an innovative business and leisure scheme to replace a derelict 1960’s shopping centre.