16.11.2016 - Local Experts put in the Groundwork
The cathedral city of Peterborough is a hive of activity at present, with construction works taking place everywhere you look, and similar could be said for its ‘neighbours’ down the road in Cambridge.
Most recently, the semi-rural location of Hampton has been a focal point for development with extensive housing and community expansion ongoing. Located within close proximity is ‘The Serpentine’ Shopping Centre which has recently begun a £5 million pound venture to transform the 319,000 sq. ft. retail space.
To kick start the project, local construction business, Mick George Ltd, whose headquarters is just a stones-throw away in Huntingdon, has been appointed to complete Earthworks to the existing infrastructure.
The initiative is set to provide extra selling space for retailers, extending Units 18 and 20 within the North-East section of the Centre, installing a new mezzanine floor, whilst creating new retail outlets and café / restaurants. All of which will include frontages on to a new area of public realm, courtesy of adjustments to access routes and car parks.
Home to many of the UK’s largest retailers, such as Next, Boots, and Tesco, to name but a few, the site already attracts 5.5 million visitors each year, and it is anticipated that figure will dramatically increase on completion in Spring, 2017.
David Wait, Centre manager, said: “This is an exciting new project which will really enhance the look and feel of Serpentine Green even further. We are in negotiation with a number of exciting retailers our customers that will undoubtedly complement our already great line up of retailers.”
Mick George Ltd is also currently completing Earthworks on the nearby Hampton Garden housing developments from Persimmon PLC.
Jon Stump, Finance Director at Mick George Ltd commented: ‘’As a business we have a long-standing relationship with the Shopping Centre and its customers, so are delighted to be involved with this project.’’
Stump continued: ‘’Having completed a number of community initiatives within the Centre itself, we have first-hand experience of how busy the location is, and know the alterations will be well received.’’