Bracknell Regeneration Partnership (BRP) and Bracknell Forest Council (BFC) have today (2 March) announced that Mace has been appointed as the main contractor on the £200m regeneration of Bracknell town centre.
Construction workers will be on site in late March carrying out preparatory earthworks before foundations are started in late spring, with steel work beginning in June.
The first retailers will be able to start fit-out work in August 2016, in order for shops, restaurants and the cinema to open in the spring of 2017.
BRP also announced that it has successfully secured restaurant chain Wagamama to join the town centre line up.
Due to open its doors in spring 2017, Wagamama has taken 3,200 sq ft space next to the new 12-screen Cineworld multiplex.
Mace chief operating officer for construction Gareth Lewis said: “I am delighted that Mace has been appointed main contractor for this significant regeneration scheme. Mace has a strong track record locally, having completed the construction of Garth Hill College in 2011.
“We’re pleased to be working again with both Legal & General and Schroder. The regeneration project will have a positive impact on Bracknell and the local community, and we can’t wait to get started.”
The new development will comprise 580,000 sq ft of new retail and leisure space in the north of Bracknell’s town centre, supported by a 1,300-space multi-storey car park and landscaped public spaces.
Retailers already signed up to the scheme include a new 80,000 sq ft Fenwick store, Marks & Spencer, Primark, Waitrose and H&M.
Cineworld has also committed to the previously mentioned 12-screen cinema, and eight restaurants have agreed to take space including Carluccio’s, Zizzi, Coast to Coast, Gourmet Burger Kitchen, Pizza Express, Wagamama, Nando’s and Las Iguanas.