Planning consent granted for Phoenix 10 development project
24 May 2021
One of the largest contaminated industrial sites in the Midlands has taken another step towards redevelopment with planning consent granted, subject to conditions. Spanning 44 acres, the former copper works has been derelict for more than two decades.
The project will see the Walsall site redeveloped to deliver up to 620,000 sq. ft. of employment space.
Working alongside developer HBD - part of a joint venture with Walsall Council and Homes England, BWB provided extensive input across all disciplines in the drafting and coordination of an Environmental Impact Assessment to accompany the planning application for the site.
Given the historic industrial use of the site and its legacy in relation to past mine workings, careful and robust proposals had to be promoted to convey that the site could be cleaned and brought back into use. Following granting of planning, BWB will be preparing an enabling works package to remediate the soils and coal workings at the site. Development platforms will then be formed, and subsequent development of a distribution scheme will be undertaken. As well as this, BWB will also be providing civil, structural, and geotechnical input into all elements of the scheme moving forward.
The redevelopment of the site will be hugely beneficial to the local community, with the contaminated and derelict area cleaned up and occupied, along with the creation of new jobs.
“We are extremely pleased to have been part of the team that has steered this project through the planning process” said Greg Nicholson, Executive Director at BWB. “It has taken several years to get to this stage, and we are now looking forward to playing our part in designing the engineering works needed to bring the site back into use.”
Simon Raiye, Director HBD, said: “This is the largest undeveloped brownfield site in the Black Country and, while it is a challenging site, it’s extremely well-located with huge potential.
“Phoenix 10 will deliver a major economic boost to Walsall and the wider region, attracting new business and investment and creating much-needed new jobs. Twenty years is a long time for a site to sit derelict, so we’re really looking forward to getting started with remediation works and bringing it back into use.”
Deputy leader of Walsall Council, Cllr Adrian Andrew added: “I’m delighted that progress is being made on this project. We have a number of significant projects in the pipeline in Walsall, which gives me confidence in the future of the borough’s economy.”
It was a pleasure to work alongside HBD, Quod, RPP, AJA Architects, SLR, GBW and CPW – keep an eye on our news and social media feeds for updates as this exciting project develops.