Project Milestones

First steel erected for new City Learning Quarter

Date Posted 24.05.24

Work has begun to erect the steel framework on a new city centre college campus as part of the council’s transformational City Learning Quarter masterplan.

Situated around the Old Hall Street and St George’s Parade area, incorporating a site on the corner of Garrick Street and Bilston Street where the former Faces nightclub building once stood. The development is also utilising City of Wolverhampton College’s existing Metro One building.

Strip-out, demolition, ground preparation and piling works have now been completed and the foundations are in place.

The exciting City Learning Quarter proposals were initially supported by investment from the council with further funding coming through a combination of £5 million from the Towns Fund, £22 million from the Levelling Up Fund and £22 million from the Department for Education. Plus additional government grants and contributions from the college and council.

It will pave the way for City of Wolverhampton College to move from its out-dated Paget Road site, which has been identified as land to build much-needed housing.

The college forecasts that over a 10-year period approximately 45,000 people will benefit from learning at the City Learning Quarter and around 7,500 apprenticeships will be started.

Its central location and close proximity to the new £150 million transport interchange will make it easily accessible. It will also boast environmental benefits in line with council’s climate emergency agenda.

The City Learning Quarter has been a long-held ambition of the city council and the steels being erected for the college campus building is a major step towards the creation of a vibrant education hub that will unlock future opportunities for all in the city. We are working hard with City of Wolverhampton College to ensure we improve the city’s learning, apprenticeship and employment offers, and retain our best talent, rather than losing people to different parts of the region. The new facilities will provide a vital facelift to our city centre and will be an inspirational environment for people to learn in, also offering excellent connectivity to rail, bus, tram and cycle routes. We will be delivering an environment where everyone can flourish, demonstrating the commitment we have to investing in our citizens.

Councillor Stephen Simkins

Council Leader at City of Wolverhampton Council

Installation of the first steels is a significant milestone in the construction of the new campus and great news for the city, the college and the hundreds of students, apprentices, staff, employers and local people who will benefit from its first-class training facilities for many years to come. We are extremely grateful for the support of the council and other partners in the development of the new campus and are looking forward to seeing the building take shape and the long-held vision finally becoming a reality.

Mal Cowgill

Principal and CEO at City of Wolverhampton College

I am immensely proud of the City Learning Quarter project. With substantial funding from the Towns Fund, the Levelling Up Fund, and the Department for Education, as well as additional support from the college and City of Wolverhampton Council, we are set to transform education in Wolverhampton. This investment will profoundly impact the future of our children and the wider community for generations to come.

Stuart Anderson

MP for Wolverhampton South West
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