Advance Northumberland is leading in the delivery of a major new scheme that aims to comprehensively redevelop a high profile, brownfield site located in the heart of Bedlington Town Centre. The scheme is seen as the opportunity to reposition Bedlington as a retail destination, improving amenities and giving local people greater choice.

Advance Northumberland’s appointed contractor, Tolent Construction Ltd, has completed an enabling package of works, to prepare the site ready for construction. Following protracted negotiations, progress is now underway with contracts expected to exchange in the very near future with the anchor tenant and a number of other retailers are already lined up to join the scheme.

It is intended that development work will commence in Autumn and will take approximately 12 months. Upon completion, it is estimated the scheme will create over 180 new jobs along with 70 construction jobs during the construction phase.

Richard Wearmouth, Chair of Advance Northumberland said: “The project is central to the regeneration of Bedlington Town Centre, providing much needed new retail and amenities for local people. We have put a significant amount of resources and time into this development and by taking the initiative and dealing with the site preparation work, we have demonstrated our commitment to deliver the best possible development for Bedlington.”

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