This is the final Christmas that Warrington Market will be housed in its current building which has been its home for over 40 years. By summer next year the market will move into its temporary home which is the building currently rising out of the ground at Time Square. It is taking shape fast and the fit out for the market will commence early in the New Year.
Fast forward to this time next year and Warrington Market will be enjoying its exciting first Christmas in its temporary home, the old market hall will have been demolished, the new Multi Storey Car Park will have been open since the summer and the steelwork for the main phase of Time Square; the cinema, restaurants and Council Offices will soon be emerging from the ground.
As we rapidly approach Christmas 2016 it is exciting to actually be able to walk on part of the new Time Square public thoroughfare. The first area, in front of the new construction and Hancock and Woods, is now in place and the granite blocks give an indication as to the quality of the public realm.
It’s been a busy but very rewarding year to be able to see so much change in progress. It’s easy to forget that The Base on Stadium Quarter only opened in January and is welcoming more tenants as each month passes by. It is already home to eight organisations with more in the pipeline. Next door, UTC Warrington, which opened its doors to 200 enthusiastic and talented Students in September, was formally opened by HRH Duke of York last month. The high quality public realm improvements to the underpass connecting the Bus Interchange and Dallam Lane are also now finished.
This month will see the announcement of further ambitious growth and development targets when Warrington Borough Council announces its refreshed and updated growth framework called Warrington Means Business. This document sets out the exciting, aspirational growth plans for Warrington going forward and is the template and direction for the work of Warrington & Co.
2017 is another very exciting year for Warrington and I wish everyone a great festive season and very happy and prosperous New Year.