Morgan Sindall Construction has been appointed by North East Lincolnshire Council to deliver the next phase of major plans to transform Grimsby town centre.
It was announced last week that the Council was allocated money in the Chancellor’s budget to help deliver the scheme. Morgan Sindall will work with the Council to finalise the plans, which were approved through the planning process in February this year. This phase will take approximately three months to finalise the cost plan for the scheme, the build timetable and final design.
Once approved, Morgan Sindall will demolish the existing frontage of the former BHS unit and Flottergate Mall at Freshney Place, creating a new market hall for Top Town Market. Following this, the new leisure scheme will be constructed, which will incorporate a new five-screen cinema to be operated by Cleethorpes’ Parkway Cinema group.
Alongside this work, external market specialists are working to create the vision for the new market hall for Top Town Market, which will be agreed alongside the final cost and design for the new scheme.
Ben Hall, area director, Morgan Sindall Construction’s Area Director said:
We are absolutely delighted to be working with the Council on the Freshney Place refurbishment. We believe this project will be a real game-changer for Grimsby and will breathe new life into the shopping centre. Throughout the build programme, we will deploy our Intelligent Solutions approach, which sees us utilise cutting edge technology to create unique, sustainable, and inspiring places for our customers.
We are also looking forward to bringing employment opportunities to local people, and in working with local schools and colleges to introduce young people to the construction industry.”
Cllr Philip Jackson, leader of the Council, said:
This is a time of real rejuvenation for the town centre, with the schemes from the Town Centre Masterplan being delivered – not just Freshney Place and the associated market and leisure development, but the other schemes like Riverhead, alongside the creative and heritage elements.
We’ve seen from Freshney Place that the footfall is increasing, with shoppers coming to purchase rather than browse, and most of the units in the centre are now occupied.
The work that we are doing will hopefully encourage people to use the town centre more, to make it a thriving heart of our borough and reverse the long-term decline of years gone by.”
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