Dan Peters 28 May 2021

Wolverhampton's i9 selected to house MHCLG's Midlands base

Wolverhamptons i9 selected to house MHCLGs Midlands base image

Two floors of Wolverhampton’s new i9 office building will be home to the first ministerial department outside of London, it has been announced.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) will make the development its joint headquarters after construction is completed this summer.

MHCLG said at least 150 roles will be based in the city ‘as soon as possible,’ with the council currently supporting MHCLG with recruitment for new vacancies.

Deputy leader of Wolverhampton City Council, Cllr Stephen Simkins, said: ‘This is a huge vote of confidence in the city of Wolverhampton.

'The council has worked hard to make this happen and we are delighted that our city has been chosen to host this historic move away from Whitehall.

‘It’s also a big endorsement of the council’s ambitious plans to invest in – and develop – a new multi-million-pound commercial district in the heart of the city centre.

‘The kudos of being the first place outside of Whitehall to host a government department will create a real buzz and interest in our city, attracting further investment.’

Local government secretary, Robert Jenrick, said he would be working from the office ‘as often as I can’ along with other ministers and senior civil servants.

Photo: flickr/Steve Cadman

SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Director of Children's Safeguarding and Care 

Gloucestershire County Council
Up to £116,391, plus relocation support
We are looking to fill this vital role at a very important time for us.  Our children’s services team is on an important journey of... Gloucestershire
Recuriter: Gloucestershire County Council

Corporate Director

Ceredigion County Council
£97,294 - £104,086
We are looking to recruit an ambitious and truly transformational leader to support the delivery of modernised and sustainable services to... Penmorfa, Porthmadog
Recuriter: Ceredigion County Council

Street Works Co-ordinator

Lincolnshire County Council
£21,153 - £23,791
Do you want to make a difference to how Street Works are managed within Lincolnshire? Lincolnshire
Recuriter: Lincolnshire County Council

Community Co-ordinator (Health inequalities)

Brent Council
£32,418 - £34,209 p.a. inc.
The successful candidate will have evidenced experience of working in a community environment. Brent, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Brent Council

Homelessness Prevention and Relief Officer

Brent Council
£32,418 - £34,209 p.a. inc. (pro-rata)
You must have an understanding of homelessness legislation, and an ability to learn legislation quickly with training, coupled with... Brent, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Brent Council

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how how flexible workspaces can lead the way in regeneration for local authorities, Why local authority intervention is key to successful urban regeneration schemes and if the Government’s challenge of embracing beauty is an opportunity for communities.

The March issue also takes a closer look at Blackburn with Darwen Council's first digital health hub to help people gain control over health and care services.

Register for your free digital issue