Completion may still be a few months away, but the attraction of living in one of Wolverhampton’s most iconic locations is proving to be popular with homebuyers.
The former Coniston House office building at Chapel Ash, on the western gateway to Wolverhampton Ring Road, is currently being converted into 42 luxury one and two-bedroom apartments and over half the units have already been sold.
The landmark building, which will be known as Belvedere Residence, is being transformed by Dudley-based developer, Blackacres Limited, with Tweedale responsible for the innovative design.
Mike Bates, Tweedale’s Director of Architecture, said converting the tired 1970s former office building required his team to resolve a number of issues. “The site came with its own challenges due to its proximity to the busy ring road, but we have put together acoustic insulation and fresh air ventilation systems, which will mean that residents comfort is maintained in a “city living” environment.
“We needed to take an innovative approach to the design of the Belvedere Residence – carefully coordinating designs into the existing concrete structure to provide attractive and contemporary plans for each apartment was pretty tricky. The new façade of the building uses an insulated render system giving a contemporary and fresh appearance, without the issues that might arise with a rain screen system.”
Richard Unwin from Blackacres said: “Tweedale has come up with a striking design and Belvedere Residence is going to be an iconic city centre building, so it isn’t surprising that over 50% of the apartments have been reserved already.”
Prior to the re-development, the building had stood empty for around two years and was previously used by the old Wolverhampton Primary Care Trust and Marstons.