Constructing a circular future
Wolverhampton is the epicentre of research helping the construction industry to overcome barriers to brownfield regeneration. The city is set to become the home of a new £17.5m National Brownfield Institute (NBI), which will offer revolutionary new solutions to regeneration, remediation and repurposing of brownfield land to unlock former industrial sites for greener, safer and more affordable housebuilding. The NBI will also provide an urgent solution to protecting green spaces from development. The Institute is part of a wider £120m investment from the University of Wolverhampton to establish a specialist construction centre of excellence at its dedicated Built Environment research campus, which has itself been built on the site of a former brewery in the city. Wolverhampton is also driving the UK Government’s agenda to accelerate Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) as the home of the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s new MMC Taskforce. A new project will also support MMC and new emerging construction techniques on a 25-acre site, alongside thousands of homes, built using MMC, which are in the pipeline for the city.