Construction is set to get under way on a new 17,000sq ft foodstore on the site of the £150 million regeneration of the former Goodyear works in Wolverhampton, after developer St. Modwen confirmed it had completed a deal with Aldi and obtained detailed planning permission for the building.
Remediation works have already commenced to prepare the site off Stafford Road for redevelopment. A 10-month build programme will follow, resulting in the new single-storey Aldi foodstore opening to the public in April 2011. Infrastructure works will also be carried out over coming months, with new access roads created to open up routes to the foodstore, which will have 85 surface level car parking spaces.
Designed by Barton Willmore architects, the foodstore represents the first major element in the creation of a sustainable new urban community in Wolverhampton. St. Modwen’s proposals for the former Goodyear site also include 21,000sq ft of neighbourhood retail facilities, 37 acres of new homes and 16 acres of landscaped public parkland.
Peter Rudd, development surveyor for St. Modwen, said: “Agreeing a deal with Aldi to locate a landmark foodstore at the Goodyear redevelopment site is a major milestone for the regeneration scheme. The provision of conveniently located retail facilities is vital to the successful delivery of new mixed use communities, and we have taken a massive step forward in achieving this with Aldi committing to this new site in Wolverhampton. As an international operator, Aldi is a household name, and we are buoyed by the fact a company of this calibre has selected this site to build on its presence in the region.
“In the current economic climate, the prospect of construction starting on site as early as this summer puts this regeneration scheme in a privileged position. We are hopeful that the arrival of a new foodstore will now act as a catalyst for further redevelopment on site and beyond, promoting ongoing growth and economic development across the city.”
Bordered by Stafford Road in Wolverhampton, a short drive from junction 2 of the M54 and Wolverhampton city centre, St. Modwen’s regeneration scheme covers 88 acres, of which 18 acres are occupied by Goodyear. The manufacturer has leased-back the land from St. Modwen to accommodate its operational facilities.