Work starts on Morpeth’s brand new town centre retail development
Work has started this week on a brand new £7 million retail development in Morpeth, Northumberland, which will transform a key site in the town centre and create 100 new jobs.
The new scheme will see the former Morrisons store in the town centre undergoing a major redevelopment to create three new retail units which will be taken by the popular national retailers Next, Pets at Home and Home Bargains.
The new 8,900 sq. ft. Pets at Home store will also house a Grooming Parlour and Veterinary practice as well as the ground floor retail store. Next will occupy 20,000 sq. ft. over two floors and the new Home Bargains store will cover 11,162 sq. ft.
The scheme is being brought forward by the award winning Sanderson Arcade developer Dransfield Properties Ltd and will open next summer. The north east construction company Tolent has been awarded the contact to deliver the new development – the company also built the new Morrisons store which opened in the town just over two years ago.
As well as redeveloping the store on its current footprint the plans will see improvements to the layout and location of the disabled and parent parking spaces as well as the creation of a new glazed canopy along the car park’s central walkway.
The SA Taxis office is also being relocated to a new purpose built pod in the car park and the popular Morpeth Larder is being extended and remodelled with more internal space and an attractive new alfresco dining area.
Mark Dransfield, Managing Director of Dransfield Properties, said: “It really is testament to Morpeth as a thriving north east retail destination that we have three great high street names keen to invest in the town and creating jobs and opportunities.
“Since the Morrisons store relocated we know there has been a real aspiration in the town to see a new development on the site and we are delighted to be starting work this week on our new project for Morpeth.
“As well as bringing a new retail line up the development also means two of our great local companies, the Morpeth Larder and SA Taxis, can improve and expand.”
Councillor Kath Nisbet, civic head of Northumberland County Council said: “This new development is more good news for Morpeth and Northumberland. The 100 new jobs will provide an employment boost for the area and it is great to see national chains like these wishing to invest in Northumberland.”
Dransfield Properties has agreed the purchase of the former Morrisons building and will own and manage the new development alongside Sanderson Arcade.
The architecture has been designed to complement the neighbouring buildings of both the Arcade and the new Morrisons store with the same architectural design team working on the proposals.
The new development is scheduled to open in summer 2016.
For more information about Dransfield Properties Ltd visit www.dransfield.co.uk
Pictures shows:1. An artist's impression of the new development.
2. Left to right Mark Dransfield, Managing Director of Dransfield Properties, Cllr Kath Nisbet, civic head of Northumberland County Council, Medi Parry, Sanderson Arcade Centre Manager, and Tony Collins, Senior Site Agent from Tolent.
For further information, contact:-
Public Relations Department, Dransfield Properties Ltd
Tel: 01226 360644