An exciting £2m makeover of Newton Aycliffe’s town centre has finally been revealed.
And work on the third phase of a £10m ‘Master Plan’ for our shopping centre is expected to start within two weeks!
We can exclusively reveal plans that have been revealed by the town centre management which show how the ramp will come down, and the whole look will change.
We’re told work will start on Monday 4th February and is due to be completed by early November.
We’ll bring you Video Interviews from Freshwater and the architect behind the plans on Thursday.
We’ll also bring you reaction from MP Phil Wilson and Durham County Council.
Before and after images, using artist’s impressions, are below.
Meanwhile, the plans were on show for residents of the town centre today as part of an Open Day.
The proposed Phase III works includes:
• The demolition of the existing ramp leading to the first floor/upper level Beveridge Way.
• The demolition of the Boyes ramp from the roof car park to the landing of the Beveridge Way ramp.
• The demolition of the spiral stair.
• Removal of the heavy canopies to the elevation of Beveridge Way facing southeast.
• The removal of the existing trees, containers and street furniture.
• Take up the existing concrete paving flags in programmed stages.
• Construction of new robust hard surface finishes to Beveridge Way, co-ordinating tree planting, lighting and street furniture layout.
• Construction of a new ramp from the rooftop car park to the first floor level centre management suite and shops and making good work to parapet wall, car park surface and the first floor level balustrade.
• Construct new external spiral stair and make good first floor level balustrade.
• Refurbishment works to the elevations of the retail blocks to both sides of Beveridge Way.
• Improved street lighting
• New street furniture incorporating local artwork
The first phase of the town centre ‘Master Plan’ redevelopment was Tesco and the relocation of the library.
The second phase included the demolition of the old library and surrounding buildings and the construction of the new Aldi store.
The third phase is the forthcoming makeover of the town centre itself.
A fourth phase, which involves the demolition of the shops along Beveridge Arcade and opening up the other end of the town centre, can’t begin until 2014 but will total around £10m spent on the whole redevelopment.