The i9 building, is set to house The Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) as part of a wider plan to move roles out of Westminster and increase ‘diversity of thought’ in the Civil Service.
Communities secretary, Robert Jenrick said: ‘I’m pleased to announce that the i9 building will be our new home in Wolverhampton and look forward to opening the office later in the year.’
The move is set to bring 150 jobs to Wolverhampton to work alongside the existing London HQ.
Rob Mason, development director, ION said: ‘We are delighted that i9 is part of the historic move of a ministerial department outside London. We are set to complete what will become one of Wolverhampton’s landmark buildings later this summer and shortly after the occupiers will be able to move in.’
‘Wolverhampton is a brilliant location for national HQs – the railway station and public transport links, along with the lifestyle the city affords, green places and cultural offering, make it an excellent place to relocate.’
He added: ‘We believe i9 represents an exemplary example for modern office buildings. Its connectivity to the city, the region and the country, as well as excellent digital connectivity with a Wiredscore Gold certification- and a resilient infrastructure, means communication is outstanding.’
‘It was built with a truly sustainable approach achieving BREEAM excellence status. We’ve focused on superb energy efficiency and future proofing from the outset – so this building will stand the test of time.’