Barr Construction has started steel work at the extension and redevelopment of Elliott’s Field Shopping Park in Rugby.
Barr Construction was appointed main contractor of the Hammerson development last year and has been on site since September. Retail property specialist owner Hammerson has proposed a wholesale redevelopment of Elliott’s Field, introducing reconfigured retail units and improving the facilities, design and access for the public.
The majority of the existing facility has been demolished and will be redeveloped into a 300,000 sq ft retail destination with 15 outlets, introducing a Debenhams department store and Marks & Spencer. Elliott’s Field is due to open in autumn 2015.
The outlets will have a contemporary design with glazed double height frontages allowing retailers to maximise presentation of their brands. The remaining units on site will have new glazed shop fronts and roof coverings installed along, with upgrades to external elevations.
Barr Construction will create a raised promenade walkway above the car park, covered by a dramatic high level canopy covering customers. A catering area will also be incorporated with an external seating deck overlooking the River Swift which runs through the site.
Additionally, improvements will be made to the existing car park, providing easier public access and a new separate goods access to the park.
Paul Griffen, construction director at Barr Construction, said: “We have created high quality retail space all over the UK and it is great to be working with Hammerson again on our third project together.
“We have been progressing well with the keenly anticipated improvements to Elliott’s Field. This will deliver fantastic new retail facilities and bring real benefits to local communities.”
Thomas Cochrane, development manager at Hammerson, said: “Our focus at Elliott’s Field is to create a shopping environment that offers the best opportunities for retailers, introducing the right format and space to attract relevant retail brands to this favourable location.”
Elliott’s Field will be one of the last projects to be delivered by Barr Construction in advance of its merger with McLaughlin & Harvey.