Multi-million pound plans to transform Wolverhampton’s former bus depot into a ‘gateway’ to the city have been given the green light.
Councillors approved the huge revamp, which is believed to cost £21 million , of the Cleveland Road-based site yesterday (Tuesday, February 19).
The plans include the former Wolverhampton Royal Hospital building, which will become a major feature , and is promised to ‘breathe life back into the area’.
The proposals – submitted by developer Jessup – also 74 apartments and 18 houses.
There is also a YMCA building including retail space, a training and office area, plus a day nursery.
It will offer day care and education for up to 120 children aged from birth to 5 years, plus accommodation for young people working and studying in the city.
The plans were drawn up by award-winning architects, BPN.
Homes England has made the development possible by buying the site and carrying out extensive works , including the demolition of the former bus depot.
City of Wolverhampton Council Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for City Assets and Housing, Councillor Peter Bilson, said: "This is a major milestone in what is a very exciting project for the City of Wolverhampton.
"This is a strategically important site that is part of the £3.7 billion regeneration taking place in our city.
"The realisation of these designs will transform this area, bringing new housing, jobs and business - making the former Royal Hospital site a key gateway to the city centre.
"It is a critical part of how we are re-imagining and reinventing our city centre, along with great connectivity, great public spaces, great new homes, a great leisure and sporting offer, vibrant events, outstanding arts and culture, and a thriving commercial district."
Jessup managing director, Clive Jessup, added: "Jessup are delighted to deliver this exciting development in the heart of the city using our local skilled tradespeople.
"It continues our relationship with Wolverhampton, which is providing much needed high quality homes in several locations across the city."