Work commenced on redeveloping the former Hanningtons department store in Brighton 12 months ago and the scheme is really starting to take shape. As well as reconfiguring space to create larger format stores on North Street, Redevco is also creating a new Lane, which will provide unique spaces for retailers and leisure operators and breathes new life into a previously unattractive service yard.
Redevco and its contractor Westridge have already demolished buildings, started to restore the 17th century Puget’s Cottage and refurbished Huntingdon House on North Street. Work has also now started on refurbishing neighbouring buildings on North Street, but the new Lane – Hanningtons Lane – is where most of the action is.
Andrew Foulds, Portfolio Director at Redevco comments, “Passers by can start to see significant investment and improvements now. The steel frames are completed on seven of the new units on Hanningtons Lane. The masonry and roof structure to units one and two are well underway and we are aiming to be weather tight by March. The groundworks to 16-19 North Street are complete, with the steel frame due to commence at the end of this month and the final stages of demolition to 16-19 North Street will take place from April.
“We are also installing larger, bolder and more permanent wayfinding signage and really cleaning up the North Street elevation. It is exciting to be able to walk around the site now and see our vision for this area coming to life. Our architect Morgan Carn has designed a scheme full of character and personality, very much in keeping with the world famous Lanes. We thank all our neighbours for their patience during construction. This is a tight site for Westridge to work in and the build is extremely complex in places, but we are now on the home run and look forward to completion later this year.”
Read more about the Hanningtons development here: http://www.hanningtonsestate.com/.