The demolition of the Jennie Lee Centre (and former Wards Bridge school) site has moved up a gear as the two large towers were removed by specialist equipment.
Wednesfield & Fallings Park Local Neighbourhood Partnership community officer Simon Hamilton arranged for former Wards Bridge School pupils to visit the site as the towers were brought down and around 30 people attended as the towers were demolished by a picking machine.
Watch video footage of the demolition here.
New Housing Estate
The demolition has taken place after Wolverhampton City Council sold the land to developers Taylor Wimpey, who are planning to build a 217 property housing estate.
The development will see a mixture of 64 2-bedroom homes, 130 3-bedroom homes and 23 4-bedroom homes, including terraced, semi-detached and detached houses and a small number of apartments. All houses will feature at least two off-street car parking spaces per plot, including garages and driveways, while each apartment will include at least one parking space.
The new homes will be traditional in design and in keeping with surrounding residential areas and the vast majority of plots will be 2 storeys, with the exception of 10 plots of 2½ storeys (2-storey homes with rooms in the roof space) and 12 apartments in two 3-storey blocks.
A total of 25% of the new homes (54 plots) will be designated as affordable housing. Affordable homes will be provided by a local housing association and 80% will be available for affordable rent and 20% for shared ownership.
As part of the development proposals, the southern section of the site (nearest to the Sanderson estate) will be made available to the local community as an area of green open space for recreation. Taylor Wimpey will also provide funding towards the ongoing maintenance of this open space.
More information on the development plans can be found at taylorwimpeywednesfield.co.uk.
Road names to reflect site history
Wednesfield & Fallings Park Local Neighbourhood Partnership have been working closely with Wolverhampton City Council and Taylor Wimpey and it is hoped that several of the new road names will reflect the site’s history.
Article Photo: Maureen Smith / Facebook.
Artists Impression Photo: taylorwimpeywednesfield.co.uk.