The face of Dudley is changing – and a new video launched today showcases the near £1 billion regeneration programme set to transform the town centre over the next decade.
The five-minute video takes viewers on a fly-through tour of the town centre via tram, stopping off at the major developments coming to the town on the way.
Put together by architects Corstorphine and Wright with the theme of Regenerating Dudley and the strapline “It’s Our Time”, it features:
· The new £31 million Dudley Leisure Centre
· The £450 million Wednesbury to Brierley Hill Metro extension
· The £82 million Portersfield residential, retail and leisure development on the former Cavendish House site
· The new Dudley town centre £20 million bus and tram transport interchange
· Improvements to both Dudley Zoo and the Black Country Living Museum
· The £28 million Very Light Rail National Innovation Centre
· The £26.8 million Black Country and Marches Institute of Technology
It comes as papers set to go before Dudley Council’s ruling cabinet next month reveal plans are progressing on the Portersfield site.
Eyesore derelict Cavendish House finally came down earlier this year after nearly two decades as a blot on the borough skyline.
And the papers reveal Dudley Council bosses are now to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with developers Avenbury, committing both parties to press ahead together with the key gateway development in the town centre.
Jeremy Knight-Adams, of Avenbury, said:
“We have demonstrated our intent with the demolition of Cavendish House and we now look forward to our partnership with Dudley Council delivering our joint ambitions for a comprehensive development of the Portersfield site.”
Councillor Patrick Harley, leader of the council, said:
“It started with the crumbling of Cavendish earlier this year – and this new flythrough highlights our commitment as a council to delivering real change for the people of the borough.
“The signing of the memorandum is a commitment from both parties that site will not stay derelict for long, with big plans for residential and commercial development on a key gateway site into the town.
“And we won’t stop there.
“Dudley is open for business, with lots of exciting developments and things to look forward to for people who live and work in the borough. It’s our time.”
View the video here or below.