The summer months are arguably some of the quietest in terms of work, with people going off to enjoy well-earned breaks, and sometimes, as a result things tend to slow down.
However, I think that it is fair to say that despite it being summer time the evidence is to the contrary as far as Warrington’s regeneration is concerned, with a number of the town’s development schemes moving significantly forward.
At the Stadium Quarter, work has started on site to construct the £10 million state-of-the-art University Technical College (UTC) Warrington which will open its doors for business in September next year. Next door, the new business incubator is nearing completion, on time and on schedule. Fit out is underway, local management company Langtree Property Partners have been appointed and it will be open in October.
Anyone who has been into Warrington Town Centre recently cannot miss the remarkable headway that has already been made on the Bridge Street Quarter project with the former Time Square area now demolished.
Shortly we will announce the appointment of the contractor appointed for the construction of the temporary market building, that when completed in early 2017 will become the markets’ home until the fantastic new market building opens in 2019. Throughout all of this the market will not cease to trade and will remain open to customers as usual.
It is also our intention to provide a temporary surface level car park onto the former Time Square site that will be open in plenty of time for Christmas this year.
Over at Omega the 250,000 sq ft manufacturing unit being built for Plastic Omnium who manufacture automotive parts will be finished any day and they will then fit out the building and work is on schedule for completion of the huge 685,000 sq ft unit for The Hut Group in November. The extension of Skyline Drive which will connect Junction 8 of the M62 across to Omega Boulevard by the Royal Mail building is also very nearly complete.
These are exciting times indeed for the regeneration of Warrington.
Before I go, I want to remind you all that it’s still not too late to enter into the Warrington & Co Corporate Challenge that will be taking place on 20th September as part of this year’s wonderful Warrington Festival.
As part of Warrington Borough Council’s Wellbeing Agenda, the Warrington & Co Corporate Challenge hopes to encourage and empower teams from local businesses to work together to strive to reach a common goal whilst also keeping active.
So why not get your skates on (well, running shoes) and put your name down for what will be a thoroughly enjoyable event.
I hope to see you there.