Plans for the proposed development of Bedlington Town Centre has reached another key milestone with Tolent Construction Ltd appointed as main contractor.

Advance Northumberland is leading the delivery of a retail-led development that will regenerate a high profile, derelict town centre site, improving retail opportunities and giving local people greater choice.

With reserved matters planning permission secured last month, Tolent will now commence an enabling package of works on the site starting later this month, with the aim of having them completed by the end of the year. These works consist of site preparation and getting the site ready for construction to commence next year.

Retail operators are unlikely to be confirmed until later in the year, but the scheme is likely to include a new supermarket, and a number of high street retail brands. It is estimated this exciting town centre scheme will create over 180 new jobs, along with 70 construction jobs during construction phase.

Richard Wearmonth Chair of Advance Northumberland said: “The appointment of the main contractor is a major step forward for the project and will be central to the regeneration of Bedlington Town Centre, providing much needed new retail and services for local people.  

We are committed to delivering this exciting scheme proving local jobs, new opportunities and new shops and services. There’s a lot of interest from retailers in the new development and we’re confident that the new additions to our town centre will make it an even more attractive place to shop locally”.

On behalf of fellow Bedlington Independent County Councillors Malcolm Robinson and Bill Crosby, Cllr Russ Wallace commented:

“We are delighted that Tolent Construction have been confirmed as the main contractor and wish them every success. The Market Place is the centre of our town and its development is crucial to the future of Bedlington. After a period of neglect and continuing uncertainty, the start of the building phase will begin the transformation of the eyesore that is currently our town centre into what we are confident will be a thriving and successful retail development.  It is what the people of Bedlington have been waiting for and richly deserve.”

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