The new proposed office development in Walkergate has reached a major milestone with work commencing on the demolition of the former Kwik Save store.
The works, which will take five weeks, started on Monday and incorporate the demolition of the Kwik Save building.
Whilst Northumberland County Council is committed to investing in the future of Berwick, with the town at the heart of the council’s proposals to create modern, efficient and joined up council services in all of the county’s main towns, linking accommodation proposals to the wider economic growth and regeneration of the town, including creation of a new and exciting cultural hub designed to attract more visitors to Berwick.
The office developments will safeguard/retain over 100 jobs within the town which would have otherwise been lost to an out of town development. Had the town lost these jobs it would have a damaging impact on supporting services as well as the retail core.
Demolition work had been suspended due to herring gulls being found on the site, the impact to the overall programme means that with demolition activity commencing this month, the construction of the main building can start in October and provide a revised completion date of summer 2016.
Cllr Dave Ledger, deputy leader of Northumberland County Council and chair of Arch said: “The tradition of Berwick and its buildings is important and where we can seek to complement its architecture and history, we should.