Town retail scheme is an awards finalist

The former Morrisons store in Stanley Terrace, Morpeth, was re-developed into three retail units. Picture by Trevor Walker.
The former Morrisons store in Stanley Terrace, Morpeth, was re-developed into three retail units. Picture by Trevor Walker.

A Dransfield Properties development in Morpeth that was built last year has been shortlisted in the prestigious Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Awards for the North East.

The £7million scheme saw the transformation of the former Morrisons store in Stanley Terrace, neighbouring Sanderson Arcade.

Three new retail units were created and they were filled by Home Bargains, Pets at Home and Next. In addition, the project created the opportunity for The Morpeth Larder and SA Taxis to expand.

It is on the shortlist for the regeneration category. The winners of each section will be announced at a ceremony in Newcastle on April 21.

Dransfield’s £50 million Fox Valley development in north Sheffield is among the regeneration finalists for the RICS Pro-Yorkshire Awards in May.

This scheme and the one in Morpeth were designed by Sheffield-based Dixon Dawson Architects.

Mark Dransfield, managing director of Dransfield Properties, said: “We are absolutely delighted that our company’s work in both Sheffield and Morpeth has been recognised and shortlisted in the RICS Awards.

“Everyone who has been involved in working on these two developments should feel a great sense of pride.

“Both projects demonstrate the importance of investing in town centres and regenerating disused sites.”

All category winners will go on to compete against other regional winners at the national RICS Awards in London later this year.