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WAITROSE NORTHWICH STARTS ON SITE

04 April 2013

Lewis and Hickey are delivering a new Waitrose store in Northwich, Cheshire.

Works have recently started on site for the new-build retail store which will provide a 27,500 sq ft unit as part of a wider £20million mixed-use scheme to revamp a derelict riverside site at Hayhurst Quay.

Russells Construction have been appointed to the £4.5m contract by developer H2O Urban, the joint venture between The Canal and River Trust and regeneration developer bloc. The retail shell is scheduled for completion by November after which Waitrose will complete a fit out of the 18,000 sq ft sales area, ahead of the store opening in December. The scheme has been led by our Guildford office with Architect Paul White running the project.

Andrew Russell, managing director of Russells Construction said: “The regeneration of this site required significant preparatory work which has now been complete allowing construction of the new Waitrose to begin. Over recent years we’ve gained a reputation for delivering complex waterside schemes and we’re pleased to have been contracted once again by H2O Urban and Waitrose.”

The wider development also includes 58 ‘extra care’ retirement homes from McCarthy and Stone, a 4,400 sq ft leisure unit, 40-berth marina and improved public access to the waterside. Bounded by Chester Way, London Road and the confluence of the Rivers Weaver and Dane, the 4.5 acre brownfield site was underused and derelict in part for many years and was once home to the Regal Cinema, a floating hotel and car park. Its regeneration was given unanimous approval when it went to the Cheshire West and Chester planning committee last year.

Richard Thomas, bloc’s development director, said the development was designed to breathe new life into a derelict site: “This plan aims to create a more vibrant waterfront with a mix of uses including residential, retail and leisure, and we are pleased the whole scheme will bring around 230 new jobs to the area.

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