Crane Foundry  Wolverhampton

Majorfax Ltd 

The approved scheme shows two blocks of five storey apartments and one block of seven storey apartments with 20,000 sqft of business use integrated within the first two storeys of the seven storey block.  The scheme accommodates 193, 1-2 bed apartments at a ratio of 40/60, mostly double aspect.  The arrangement of the blocks opens up the space between the viaduct and the north face of the apartments.

Crane Foundry occupies a site of approximately 1.5 hectares within a Conservation Area and is situated either side of the Stour Valley railway viaduct of the Vest Coast Main Line.  The principal part of the site bounded by a towpath follows the canal; at the rear of the site is the blue brick commanding structure of the Victorian railway viaduct.  The site has views westerly towards Wolverhampton City Centre.  The area was historic industry and a foundry has been on this site for 150 years or more until its closure in February 2006. 

PCPT obtained Outline Planning Approval and Conservation Area Consent for a mixed use scheme on the Crane Foundry site within the Canal side Quarter development area.  The published Wolverhampton City Centre Strategy and Action Plan promoted the development potential of the much wider Canal side Quarter area grouped around the Birmingham Canal (Wolverhampton Level).  A majority of this land was brownfield industrial land which was originally serviced by the canal network.