Bargoed redevelopment open by Christmas
5:19pm Wednesday 18th September 2013 in News
THE first phase of what was described as a “unique and amazing development” that will lead the resurgence of Bargoed will open before Christmas.
A new town centre is being created upon a man-made five acre plateau along with improved infrastructure and transport links.
The Plateau, a £25 million collaboration between Caerphilly council and the Welsh Government is the main focus of regeneration work in the town that also includes a 13,600 sq ft library and £8 million of ongoing environmental improvements.
The Plateau Shopping Centre project was described by local authority officers as being almost unique due to the fact that the scheme, comprising over 100,000 sq ft of retail and leisure space together with a multi-storey car park and cinema, is being built almost entirely upon a manmade plateau.
Pauline Elliott, head of regeneration and planning said: “Flat land is at a premium in the town centre so it was necessary to create a five-acre plateau in order to facilitate this important and major addition to the town centre. In doing so we were able to create some interesting levels such that the new centre will both link with the existing High Street, and also enjoy a commanding position overlooking the valley and the new town by-pass.”
The first phase of the development incorporates a 55,000 sq ft Morrisons supermarket plus seven shops and nearly 400 spaces in a multi-storey car park. All will be open for Christmas 2013. The second phase will include a six-screen cinema and a restaurant, which will follow shortly thereafter.
Graeme Cosgrove of the project developers, Simons Developments, said: “This really is a unique and amazing development. At a time when many High Streets are suffering and retail developments across the country are being delayed or abandoned, it has been incredibly rewarding to be involved in this impressive regeneration project.”
Caerphilly council took what it described as “an unusual step” in taking responsibility for letting the shop units.
Ms Elliott added there has been “significant interest” and all should be let by the time the development opens before Christmas.
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