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Wolverhampton Interchange - Phase 1

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Wolverhampton Interchange - Phase 1
Presented to: John Buckley & BAM Site Team
Contractor: BAM Construction Ltd - Midlands
Client: Neptune Wirral Ltd

This multi-phase regeneration project in Wolverhampton city centre includes the development of the old city bus station into a state-of-the-art transport hub, together with the restoration of the Grade II listed Queens Building development.

The consideration shown to site neighbours and the wider community was exceptional at this site. Redundant double glazing units were used to re-glaze the adjoining Crown Court building to enable court sittings to continue without noise disturbance, while an enquiry from a local scout group about spare timber to mend a leaking roof, resulted in the complimentary re-roofing of their whole facility. A local restaurant supplied on-site catering, while art from the local university was put on display for sale with a portion from any proceeds given to charity. The site also moved flower bulbs, from the site, to be replanted at a nearby church, and planted another 1000 bulbs in addition. Furniture was donated to a homeless charity, and presentations given to encourage homeless people into work in construction.

Commenting on the site’s performance, Stephen Osuhor of Neptune Developments said: "BAM’s management of external relationships was excellent. They also went out of their way to engage with local schools, colleges and training schemes, as well as doing things like allowing the blood bank to set up on site and promoting this to the tradespeople. We received many complimentary comments from the local authority".

This site was a superb example of considerate construction in action.