Staffordshire based developer Jessup has submitted a detailed planning application for the redevelopment of Waterfront South alongside the canal in Walsall. This area, radiating westwards from the New Art Gallery forms an integral part of the plan for the regeneration of the town. Providing a varied range of residential and commercial architecture that will create its own unique eye catching and innovative character, yet sit comfortably alongside the approved development to the North of the canal.
The proposed development, designed by S. P. Faizey Architects, will consist of some 360 apartments and houses, a 4800 sq m office block plus twin deck parking and other commercial spaces for offices, restaurants and café bars. The canal towpath will be widened, resurfaced and new lighting installed, to provide a safe and attractive walkway as a pedestrian link from the town centre to the Manor Hospital. Other improvements proposed include a tree lined pedestrian boulevard, linking Charles Street with the towpath and a new pedestrian bridge to give access to the North side of the canal.
The Walsall Regeneration Company welcomed this scheme and Dr Peter Cromar, chief executive of the company, said: “This exciting scheme for Waterfront South is another important step in transforming Walsall as a town for enterprise and evidence that real change is underway. We are delighted that a local developer is driving the project. Jessup is engaging fully with the diverse communities of Walsall and encouraging them to make the most of the training and employment opportunities, which the development will offer.
“WRC has been involved with Jessup from an early stage to ensure it is a well designed and sustainable project that fits our vision of a revitalised Walsall. Jessup have learned from international best practice and applied it to this scheme. They joined our study trip to see how successful regeneration projects in Germany have delivered major social and economic benefits to Dusseldorf and Dortmund.
“Jessup’s Waterfront South scheme will provide a mix of homes and offices which will contrast with and complement other Waterfront schemes and create a vibrant waterside quarter. These major developments, together with the new Manor Hospital, represents a £225 million vote of confidence in the future of Walsall.”