Shopping area demolition on track

PUBLISHED: 09:52 15 August 2012

The plans for the area

The plans for the area

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THE demolition of a town centre shopping precinct is set to take place in the next three months.

Developer McLaren Life says it will start the main bulk of the work in Dolphin Square in Weston in the final quarter of the year, with the project due to be completed by autumn/winter 2013.

The demolition is set to take about three months and construction work on the £45million leisure and retail scheme is scheduled to begin in the first few months of 2013.

No shop retailers have signed up yet to join the development, but the Mercury understands retail giants Debenhams, Primark and River Island have been in negotiations for space.

The plans have proved popular with restaurant and entertainment facilities, with Harvester, Prezzo, Nando’s, Pizza Express, Vue Cinema and First Bowl already signed up.

A new multi-storey car park has been built in Carlton Street and is set to open over the next few days.

A McLaren Life spokesman said: “Discussions continue to take place with potential retail occupiers for phase three of Dolphin Square.

“No new occupiers have been signed up yet, but McLaren Life is confident of securing more over the coming months.”


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