WORCESTER’S largest ever regeneration project is set to get underway after the £150million revamp of Shrub Hill was given the all-clear by council chiefs.
Work to ‘unlock the potential’ of the area in the heart of the city centre is set to begin on Friday (July 29)
The long-awaited Sherriff Gate scheme includes hundreds of new apartments, shops, a multi-screen cinema, food and beverage outlets, a 20,000 sq ft gym, a 200 bed hotel and also a multi storey car park with space for more than 850 cars on site with electric charging points.
It’s expected the huge project will bring hundreds of jobs to the city, and provide much needed housing with more than than 200 one and two bedroom homes to get young house hunters in Worcester onto the property ladder.
Funding to deliver the entire scheme of 468 homes is now in place. Under the already granted full planning consent for the entire development, demolition and site clearance has been completed for phase one.
Once contractor Elliott Group has delivered the first 213 homes, the second phase of the scheme will see affordable homes developed on the site.
Developers have revealed the first 213 homes will generate some £340,000 per year for Worcester City Council in Council Tax and the project is expected to generate significant new employment and training opportunities.
Stennard Harrison, managing director of Worcester-based Sherriff Gate Developments said: “We are very excited after many years of dedicated hard work by many people and organisations, this project, which is very dear to my heart, has finally commenced.
“Shrub Hill was included as one of the major areas for regeneration in the Worcester City Centre Masterplan and we are delighted to be bringing this to fruition in partnership with the City Council planners.
Robin Walker, Worcester’s MP said: “For too long this part of Worcester has been overlooked and it is hugely exciting to see regeneration unlocking the potential of Shrub Hill as a gateway to our city.
“More homes, more jobs and more opportunities for apprenticeships are all welcome benefits of this development but most exciting of all will be the breathing of new life into this part of the city.
“With more people living close to the city centre and enjoying the new leisure facilities this area will offer, this development should strengthen footfall in the High Street and benefit the whole city.
“Alongside the exciting developments unlocked by Worcester’s Town Deal, this development has the potential to transform our city for the better.”