Walsall's Waterfront scheme shapes up

This picture shows the rapidly changing face of Walsall town centre as the Waterfront regeneration scheme moves ahead.

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This picture shows the rapidly changing face of Walsall town centre as the Waterfront regeneration scheme moves ahead.

Work is continuing apace on a new £12 million Premier Inn Hotel at the Walsall Waterfront North.

Steel framework is rapidly emerging from the ground while across the stretch of canal hundreds of new homes, created as part of the Waterfront South scheme, can be seen.

The new 100-bedroom hotel is set to create 65 new jobs and includes a restaurant.

Around it there will be other bars and restaurants with the Wharf expected to become a hive of activity.

The car park for the new hotel, which stands opposite the Crown Wharf Shopping Park off Wolverhampton Street, has already been completed. Regeneration chief

Adrian Andrew said: “It’s fantastic Urban Splash has managed to get the hotel started, which is creating a new restaurant and jobs in Walsall.

“The next phase is very much steaming ahead creating leisure facilities and an architectural park with restaurants and bars.”

The Waterfront South scheme meanwhile has been transformed with hundreds of new homes.

Most recently, council chiefs have been carrying out studies on another patch of land set to be transformed as part of the multi-million pound scheme. Consultants are exploring the potential held at the former Lex car dealership and their findings will shape what is built there.

Council leader Mike Bird today urg-ed people to look around the town centre and see the work being done there.

“We have seen the Waterfront grow out of the ground and it’s been fantastic,” he said. “It’s a real catalyst for what is still to come.

Other regeneration schemes are also forging ahead in the town.

Work on a new £2.7 million Goldmine Centre is taking place on the former fire-ravaged Shannons Mill site, while work will start in the coming months on a new Primark store.