Scheme still on target to open this summer

Work taking place on the new �7million retail development in Stanley Terrace, Morpeth.
Work taking place on the new �7million retail development in Stanley Terrace, Morpeth.

Work is progressing well on a new £7million retail development in Morpeth.

Creating up to 100 new jobs in the town, the site in Stanley Terrace that was previously home to the former Morrisons store is being converted into three units.

They will be occupied by national retailers Next, Pets at Home and Home Bargains under the scheme that is being delivered by Dransfield Properties.

With the foundations now in place, workers from main contractors Tolent have started on the main structural steelwork for the redevelopment.

Masonry works had been hindered by the recent early morning frosts, but the typical spring weather over the last few weeks has now allowed for the roofing and glazing works to the kiosk to make good progress.

Recent road closures have allowed the workers to establish the new sewer and drainage connections to the three units and the kiosk, with the new water supply connections now well under way.

Head of communications at Dransfield Properties, Amanda Holmes, said: “It is great to see the works progressing so well on site.

“We anticipated that the recent wet weather may affect the completion, however we are pleased to say that we are still on target for summer 2016 completion.”

The scheme also includes significant improvements to the layout and location of disabled and parent parking spaces, a new purpose-built office pod for Sanderson Arcade Taxis and an extension and remodelling for The Morpeth Larder.