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REGENERATION
PROJECTS.

A SUMMARY OF KEY REGENERATION PROJECTS ACROSS DUDLEY BOROUGH

OUR PROJECTS.

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PENS MEADOW SCHOOL NEW BUILD

  • Plans for a new £15million special school in Dudley will have a "significant impact" on the lives of children.

  • The new school will be built on the site of the former Pensnett High School as the latest big investment in children in the borough.

  • It will provide education for 155 children and young people aged 3 to 19 years.

  • Find out more here.

BUDGET

Dudley Council - £15million

TIMELINE

Build begins late Summer 2023, new school is completed August 2025.

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DUDLEY TOWNSCAPE HERITAGE PHASE TWO

  • The Dudley Townscape Heritage (TH2) is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and provides funding for historic buildings located in the central core of the Dudley Town Centre conservation area.

  • It funds structural and external repair of historic buildings; authentic restoration of architectural features to historic buildings; and works of repair and conversion to bring vacant and underused historic floorspace back into use.

  • Find out more here.

BUDGET

Including £1.178m from the National Lottery Fund

TIMELINE

Due for completion December 2022

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WEDNESBURY TO BRIERLEY HILL METRO EXTENSION 

  • The Wednesbury to Brierley Hill Metro extension forms part of Transport for West Midland’s ambitious plan to regenerate public transport in theregion.

  • The current Metro system is being transformed into an expanded network to provide better connectivity across the region, tackling congestion and helping to drive economic growth. This highly-anticipated route will be a key part of this helping provide access to the best education, training and employment opportunities, no matter where you live in the region.

  • The project will be delivered in two phases. The first will see trams travel 6.5km through Sandwell to Dudley town centre, serving a new terminus at Flood Street, with convenient interchanges with local bus and rail services along the new route. In the second phase of the project the route will be extended a further 4km to Brierley Hill, at Merry Hill Waterfront.

Key features:

When complete, the Wednesbury to Brierley Hill extension will:

  • Create up to 13 further tram stops, bringing the network total to over 40 tram stops

  • Add a further 10.5km of track through Sandwell to Merry Hill Waterfront

  • Link Dudley and Brierley Hill directly with the Metro line serving Birmingham and Wolverhampton

  • Provide fast and frequent services in each direction

  • Connect Dudley with Birmingham in around 40 minutes, linking Wolverhampton to Dudley in around 30 minutes, allowing journeys between Birmingham and Brierley Hill in under an hour.

BUDGET

£103m WMCA, £207m Governmentt, £0.4m BC Local Growth Fund, £139m Prudential borrowing, £449 million total

TIMELINE

On site - February 2020 

Passenger services anticipated: 2024

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PORTERSFIELD MAJOR

MIX-USE DEVELOPMENT

  • £82m of private investment to regenerate an area of central Dudley, offering a mix of retail and residential opportunities.

  • Creating up to 500 jobs

  • Up to 400 apartments including student accommodation

  • Potential to include shops, restaurants, bars and offices. 

BUDGET

£82m project of Private Investment, £600k WMCA demolition funding and highway works

TIMELINE

TBC

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CASTLE HILL VISION - PHASE TWO

  • Improvements and investments to the castle, zoo and Castle Hill Woodland. Dudley Zoo and Castle is a collaboration between the zoo, the council and other stakeholders.

  • A New Vision document outlines eight key projects including: the castle; visitor and education facility; stores cavern mine; lodge; giraffe house; Tecton buildings; woodlands; and southern gateway.

  • External funding bids to be progressed on priority basis starting with castle based on urgency of need.

  • The vision also includes a new university centre at the foot of Castle Hill. 

  • Find out more here.

BUDGET

Package estimate: £13.39m currently unfunded.

TIMELINE

TBC.

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DUDLEY TRANSPORT INTERCHANGE

  • A world class multimodal facility with improved waiting and interchange facilities with enhanced real-time passenger information providing:

  • Enhanced safety for all users.

  • Increased patronage and passenger satisfaction.

  • Improved cycle parking facilities.

  • Improved retail and ticketing offer.

  • Segregation of passenger and vehicular movements.

  • Reduced environmental impact.

  • Find out more about the Dudley Transport Interchange

BUDGET

£24m

TIMELINE

Start date: Jan 2024 - July 2025

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ART TRACK - METRO ART PROGRAMME

The funding will support commissioning competitions for artists to design physical works, artistic residencies, community engagement programme and an opportunity for the public to see design proposals in an exhibition in Summer 2022.

 

Students from Dudley College and University of Wolverhampton will also have opportunities to be involved.​ 

 

The expressions of interest stage is now closed and submissions are being reviewed. The project group is in discussion with artists to develop plans further prior to the summer exhibition.

Find out more here.

BUDGET

£96,000 Arts Council England

TIMELINE

Exhibition in Summer 2022

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DUDLEY TOWNS FUND

A £25million bid has been submitted to the government to help fund a ‘university park’ in Dudley.

 

The detailed bid to the Towns Fund aims to finance the majority of the £36million Higher Education complex at Castle Hill.

Find out more here.

BUDGET

£25million from Towns Fund Bid total: £36million

TIMELINE

Proposed opening of new university centre: 2024

Fun City

THE ENTERTAINMENT
QUARTER

Fun City at Dudley Museum

Step into a realm of exhilaration! Indulge in delightful food huts, intense indoor cricket clashes, captivating escape rooms, pulsating laser tag skirmishes, enchanting mini-golf adventures, and immerse yourself in cutting-edge VR experiences. Your entertainment paradise is coming!

 

The Glass House

Now Open! Elevating Stone Street's culinary scene. Relish exquisite dishes and a memorable dining journey for everyone!

 

The Royal Keep Boutique Hotel

Experience elegance and affordability. Luxurious stays await!

Find out more here.

BUDGET

TBC

TIMELINE

TBC

COMPLETED PROJECTS.

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THE DUNCAN EDWARDS

LEISURE CENTRE

  • A New build ‘Sport England Option D’ Leisure Centre on Flood Street in central Dudley and refurbishment of Halesowen and Stourbridge (Crystal) leisure centres. To set the standard of build quality and public realm for neighbouring developments.

  • Find out more here.

BUDGET

 £31.3m Capital Programme

TIMELINE

On site - January 2020    Operational: November 2021

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BLACK COUNTRY AND MARCHES INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY 

  • £26.8m for purpose designed facilities to address regional Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) skills shortages. 

  • Teaching from level 4 to 7 (majority levels 4 to 5) – 2,000 students.

  • Bringing together further and higher education providers with employers.

  • Exploring  further higher level skills provision in Dudley via the Towns Fund.

  • Find out more here.

BUDGET

£16.8m Government, £10m LEP/WMCA  - total: £26.8m

TIMELINE

On site - February 2020  Operational: September 2021

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VERY LIGHT RAIL NATIONAL INNOVATION CENTRE

  • A £28m project to provide a unique research facility for the development of Very Light Railway (VLR) technologies and projects.

  • The project brings back into use a redundant stretch of railway to support the National Innovation Centre.

  • Works include: a retaining wall;  a 2.2km test track; a 5600m2 new building.

  • Find out more here.

BUDGET

National Innovation Centre GBF £12.3m, ERDF £5.5m, BCLEP £0.6m • TT1 and loop extension £5.99m BCLEP Workshop and equipment £1m C&WLEP • Retaining Wall £3.7m Coventry CC

TIMELINE

Retaining wall and test track: completed 

National Innovation Centre completion: April 2022

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BLACK COUNTRY LIVING MUSEUM - FORGING AHEAD

  • The single largest capital development project in the Museum’s history.

  • Forging Ahead is an exciting scheme that will take BCLM’s story into the 1940s, 50s, and 60s. 

  • The project will deliver a new visitor welcome area, dedicated learning centre, and industrial quarter and town centre set in the 1940s-60s.

  • Find out more here.

BUDGET

£30m, including £8.6m of support from Black Country LEP.

TIMELINE

On site from February 2021. 

Completion by spring 2023.

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