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WALSALL GETS URBAN SPLASHED

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Urban Splash has revealed the first pictures of its long-awaited Walsall Waterfront project.

The Midlands scheme will feature seven new buildings by shedkm, Will Alsop and Austrian practice Querkraft. Will Alsop, who has been working on the project since winning a competition to masterplan the 7ha site in early 2004, will design three of the blocks, including the 'oyster' buildings. These blocks - each housing 77 flats - will stand on either side of the canal and will also provide 1,680m 2 of leisure and retail space. The practice will also design a 4,800m 2 office building which will stand on stilts above a new public space. The job of creating two other commercial buildings and a 'linear car-parking hedge' has gone to shedkm. Querkraft saw off 10 other firms to win the Wharfingers Cottage contest last August, and the office has drawn up plans to convert the old lodge into a restaurant. A detailed planning application is due to be submitted to Walsall Council shortly.

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