Work starts around Goodyear clock site in Wolverhampton
Foundations are being laid in preparation to bring the site of Wolverhampton’s iconic former Goodyear factory back to life.
The latest phase of house building is set to get under way around the old clock tower, the only part of the historic factory site left remaining.
A total of 126 homes will be built on the site, off Bushbury Lane, after the final parts of the factory were removed at the end of last year.
Diggers have been on the site over recent days preparing the land for the next stage of the development.
Hundreds of properties have already been built across the Goodyear site over the past decade, as well as an Aldi supermarket and pub.
There will be 114 two, three and four-bedroom homes built by Persimmon, together with a mix of 12 one and two-bedroom apartments.
The tyre giant, synonymous with the city for almost a century, closed its doors for the final time in summer 2017 after years of scaling down.
The former Goodyear clock tower, which has been awarded blue plaque status by Wolverhampton’s Civic and Historical Society, will act as a centrepiece for the development. It will provide a linking extension that will be used as an entrance lobby to the three-storey apartment block.
The development will create more than 350 jobs, including contractors and suppliers.
Amanda Rogers, head of sales at Persimmon, said: “This development is certainly attracting some interest, as it will appeal to a wide cross-section of buyers.”
“Customers are currently buying off-plan which means they can secure their preferred property and location within the development.
"In addition, reserving at this stage means customers can truly personalise their home by choosing from a range of finishing touches.
"It also means that buyers have the maximum amount of time to prepare themselves, taking some of the stress out of moving home.”