Hilson Moran has been appointed as M&E consultants for phase one of the £174 million Wolverhampton Interchange Scheme.

The news comes after the Department for Transport earmarked a further £13 million of the £24 million required for phase one of the major regeneration scheme.

Hilson Moran Wolverhampton Interchange Scheme
Hilson Moran Wolverhampton Interchange Scheme

Phase one will be a two- storey bus station, designed by architects Austin Smith Lord.

The new bus station is the first phase of the much bigger proposed Wolverhampton Interchange Scheme, which aims to create a state of the art transport interchange, providing a new hub for rail, tram and bus services, together with a mixed use commercial scheme offering retail outlets, leisure facilities and public space.

Simon Ramsden, Hilson Moran’s Divisional Director, based in Manchester, who will lead the engineering project team, said: “This scheme, which is a gateway project for the city, is key to Wolverhampton’s growth as an important regional business and leisure centre. We are excited about this opportunity to help contribute to the regeneration of the city centre, which will improve transportation infrastructure for the people of Wolverhampton.”

The first phase planning application has now been submitted to Wolverhampton City Council and, subject to the necessary approvals, it is hoped that work will begin on site in November 2009.