November already and the year has raced by.
There’s much going with the Time Square Development and the tenders for the main construction work; building the cinema, restaurants and council offices and new public square are currently being evaluated with a view to awarding the contract to the successful company early in the new year. This will be one of the largest construction contracts in the North West this year.
It’s very exciting to see the cladding starting to appear on the building that will become the temporary home for the Market whilst we start the next, main build stage of the development. The cladding that has been put up to the rear is called ‘Core-Ten’ and will change in appearance over the years and eventually have a ‘rusted’ appearance. Exciting too to see the steelwork emerging that will form the new state-of-the-art car park. In the new year we’ll also be announcing the names of the first few restaurants that will be opening up in Time Square when it opens late in 2019.
Around the corner at the Stadium Quarter, the University Technical College is enjoying a successful first term with almost 200 students starting in September, and next door at The Base, more businesses continue to join this fantastic modern office facility.
Warrington is increasingly recognised as a foreign direct investment location and Warrington & Co are fielding regular investment enquiries from foreign companies, particularly US tech companies. Investment in Birchwood is a key focus for them and we continue to work with UKTI, the Local Enterprise Partnership and landlords/businesses in the Birchwood area to make the process of investment as easy as possible.
It’s incredible to think that only three years ago Omega was an empty site. The giant units for Asda/Walmart and The Hut Group are phasing up to full operational capacity, a new 355,000 sq ft logistics unit will be completed this month with the occupier to be announced shortly, construction is about to start on the new manufacturing unit for Domino’s Pizza and the impressive Barrow Hall School is now open. All in all at least 4,500 jobs have been created so far.
Warrington & Co. is Warrington’s Partnership for Growth. We exist to implement ‘Warrington Means Business’ which is Warrington’s framework for growth and regeneration. An updated version of Warrington Means Business will be published in the coming weeks and outline Warrington’s ambition to become a ‘new city’ and the enhanced growth plans to achieve that.