Demolition work begins for new town retail development

Workers from main contractors Tolent are carrying out works for the new �7million retail development in Morpeth town centre.
Workers from main contractors Tolent are carrying out works for the new �7million retail development in Morpeth town centre.
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Work is now well under way on a major retail project in Morpeth.

The £7million scheme will see the former Morrisons store in the town centre re-developed to create three new units, which will be taken up by Next, Pets at Home and Home Bargains.

The site is now enclosed with hoardings in place and demolition work at the site has started.

Main contractors Tolent will then make a start on the foundations and underfloor drainage, followed by the installation of the services.

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 (Sanderson Arcade) Taxis office is also being re-located to a new purpose-built pod in the car park and the popular Morpeth Larder is being extended and re-modelled, with more internal space and an attractive new alfresco dining area.

The area for the new taxi area is now enclosed with groundworks in progress, the car park walkway area has been closed off and the roof removal is under way.

Head of communications at Dransfield Properties, Amanda Holmes, said: “Tolent moved onto the site in December and it is great to see the work progressing now with the demolition of the old Morrisons building.

“We should start to see the steel frame of the building taking shape early in the spring.”

The new scheme is being brought forward by the award-winning Sanderson Arcade developer Dransfield Properties Ltd. It will open later in the year.