Construction of a new retail and entertainment complex in east Yorkshire is due to start in the coming weeks with contractors being invited to bid for the first phase of work.
The £120 million development in Beverley, near to Hull, is set to generate a significant boost for the area, with it due to create around 1,000 jobs. A number of major companies are lining up to submit applications to take on the work with construction information specialist Glenigan.
Balfour Beatty, Wates, BAM, Clugston and Willmott Dixon are among the considered bidders.
In terms of employment, the retail park is due to generate 300 jobs during the construction phase while 700 permanent positions will be made available once it is completed.
Plans are already in place for the creation of shops, restaurants, bars, a cinema, a hotel along with other amenities and work is already ongoing to create 130 new homes at the site. Commercial space construction is expected to begin later in the year once a contractor is selected to take on the project. Wykeland Group and Quintain Estates and Development PLC are in the process of developing the land before the major groundwork gets underway.
Dominic Gibbons, Wykeland's managing director, said: "After a planning process that has taken more than seven years to successfully complete, we are now entering a very exciting phase in the development. The residential part of the scheme has progressed extremely well and the level of retailer and operator interest is very positive with a number of further transactions now in solicitors' hands."
The creation of the new entertainment is aimed at providing a significant boost for the Beverley and ward councillor Kerri Harold has backed the move. She explained to the Hull Daily Mail that it would enhance the area and also stimulate the economy in the region. It is hoped that it will bring in commerce from all over Yorkshire and the rest of the country.
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