A construction company has been appointed as the main contractor for Middlesbrough’s flagship regeneration area.
An agreement was rubber stamped earlier this month to forward fund the deal to develop a Sainsbury’s store and adjoining petrol station, KFC and Costa coffee at Gateway Middlehaven.
Now Barr Construction has been named as the main contractor for the retail park by developer Terrace Hill, following on from a successful partnership last year.
Barr had previously built a relationship with Terrace Hill and delivered the 49,000sqft Sainsbury’s store in Sedgefield.
Once completed, the new 16-acre retail and leisure destination will include a 124,000 sq ft Sainsbury’s, a nine pump petrol filling station, a 2,600sqft drive through KFC, a 1,800 sq ft Costa drive through and a Marston’s family pub.
Barr will carry out a programme of remediation work before building work begins.
Alec McCalley, project manager at Barr Construction, said: “We have a long track record of working on retail developments across the country and we look forward to being at the heart of a project which is so important to the North East.
“We are also tremendously pleased to be continuing our partnership with Terrace Hill and delivering a facility which the client and local people can be proud of.”
As part of the project, Barr will create new roads leading into the retail park and car parking facilities.
The completed development will also feature cycle and footpaths and a new bus station.
Duncan McEwan, head of retail at Terrace Hill, said: “It’s great to have Barr with us on this project. Their experience in working on retail projects such as this is second to none.
“Having worked with Barr previously, their involvement will stand the team in good stead to deliver a fantastic retail park for the people of Middlesbrough.”
Gateway Middlehaven is expected to be open to the public in summer 2015.
Osprey Equity Partners agreed to forward fund the deal to develop the Gateway earlier this month.
The development, which lies between the A66 and the Riverside Stadium, is part of a £35m retail and leisure scheme.
As a result of the development, the current Sainsbury’s store on Middlesbrough’s Wilson Street will close, with the site turned into a £20m retail and commercial development including an 80-bed hotel and car park. This is expected to open in spring 2016.