GREEN LIGHT FOR £50M SHOPPING CENTRE REVAMP
Proposals to redevelop a shopping centre in Hertford as part of a £50m project have been granted planning permission.
Bircherley Green Shopping Centre was constructed in the 1980s and plans to overhaul the site were led by Wrenbridge and Savills Investment Management on behalf of owner Diageo Pension Trust.
Under the scheme, the centre will be replaced by a mixed-use development anchored by an 86-bed Premier Inn hotel. It will also comprise 51,666 sq ft of café, retail and restaurant space, 70 new apartments and a revamped car park and bus station.
John McHale, director at Wrenbridge, said: “We are immensely proud to have won support for this very special scheme. Bringing a contemporary shopping centre into a historic market town raises many challenges, and the project team tackled all of them through hard work, patience and building the trust of the local community.
“We’re looking forward to finalising the planning conditions and then delivering a scheme which matches the aspirations of both our future occupiers and Hertford residents.”
Barton Willmore acted as planning consultant to the development partners and Corstorphine + Wright is the scheme architect. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2018.