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Developers chosen for £60m Wolverhampton shopping complex

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Image caption The new Westside centre will bring up to 1,000 new jobs to Wolverhampton city centre, the council says

Developers for a £60m shopping complex to be built in Wolverhampton have been chosen by the city council.

The Westside development will cover a 6.4-acre site, including land occupied by the closed retail market.

Plans were unveiled at the Houses of Parliament on Tuesday, with Urban & Civic handed a six-month exclusivity period to develop the project.

The building is set be completed in two phases, with the final parts due to be finished by 2022.

Apartments, bars, a hotel, car park and a multi-screen cinema are all included in the plans.

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Image caption Wolverhampton Council's John Reynolds said the Westside development will bring much-needed regeneration to the city centre

John Reynolds, Wolverhampton Council's cabinet member for city economy, said the scheme could bring in 1,000 jobs to the city centre after years of struggling regeneration plans.

"We really hope this scheme will reinvigorate and redevelop this part of the city," he said.

Philip Leech, director at Urban & Civic, said the plans - which will be funded using the company's own cash reserves - would make "a huge difference" to the city.

He said: "We believe that there's a fantastic opportunity here to add something significant to the culture and economy of Wolverhampton."

Image caption The planned Westside development in Wolverhampton will include the land currently occupied by the old retail market

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