Warrington Borough Council’s (WBC) flag ship regeneration project – the £107 million Bridge Street Regeneration Project – took another positive step forward this week.
North West based building group Construction Partnership UK (CPUK) began construction on the first phase of the scheme.
CPUK was appointed by WBC last year to construct the first part of the scheme – the new, 25,500 sq. ft. structural retail shell and its mezzanine floor – that when completed in spring 2017 will become the temporary market hall.
Warrington’s existing, award winning market will move into this temporary location in early 2017 during the demolition period of the old market building and whilst the new, permanent £10 million market hall is being constructed. At no time will the market cease to trade.
The new market building will open in 2019. The temporary market shell will then be converted into future retail use.
Warrington Market also enjoyed awards success this week with its win in the best “Love your Local Market Event” category of The Great British Market Awards, a national competition run by the National Association of British Market Authorities (NABMA). Praised for the introduction of a number of initiatives, including history tours and karaoke, Warrington Market was seen by NABMA as an outstanding success and an example for others to learn from.
The Bridge Street Quarter Regeneration Scheme – that has been driven and will be delivered by Warrington & Co. on behalf of Warrington Borough Council with development manager Muse Developments – will create up to 400 construction jobs and 400 new permanent jobs in the leisure, retail and restaurant sectors when the whole project is fully completed in 2019.