New team to shape long term renewal of Hatfield



A team of key stakeholders in Hatfield are joining forces to develop a strategy for the town’s renewal to 2030 and beyond.  

The newly formed Hatfield Renewal Partnership (HRP) will develop a blueprint for the town’s ongoing transformation.  

The partnership was initiated by Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council and Project Board members include the council, Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield Town Council, Goodman Business Parks, Welwyn Hatfield Community Housing Trust and Oaklands College.  Other partners include Gascoyne Cecil Estates, Hertfordshire County Council, Welwyn Hatfield Chamber of Commerce and Finesse Leisure.

The process of appointing specialists to work alongside the partnership began this week with the publication of an invitation to tender.  The appointed consultants will help deliver a new strategic plan for renewal which will be used to drive growth and investment in Hatfield.  It will also identify a series of more specific initiatives and projects to be implemented over the next 15 years that will directly benefit the town, its residents and businesses.

Quintin McKellar, Chair of the HRP Project Board,  Vice Chancellor at the University of Hertfordshire and LEP board member, said: “This is a very exciting project for the whole of Hatfield.  We will be consulting extensively with local residents, businesses and other key stakeholders to arrive at a long term plan that will shape the future of the town.  Everyone involved is committed to identifying a blueprint for Hatfield that underpins its sustained and successful renewal.”

Cllr Bernard Sarson, Executive Member for Business and Partnerships at Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council, said: “A long term strategy for the renewal of Hatfield is a vital part of the town’s future success.  It will look beyond the council’s £3.65m investment in the town centre, which people will see taking shape over the next 18 months, and it is an extremely positive sign that such a wide range of organisations are committed to the project.”

Andrew Percival, chair of the LEP’s Strategic Infrastructure Board, said: “Hatfield has huge economic potential. As part of our Growth Deal expansion we successfully secured £6m from the Government for the town’s regeneration and we are committed to working with partners to ensure that Hatfield is an attractive and vibrant place to live, work and do business.”




Following the completion of Phase One of Hatfield town centre's redevelopment, Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council is set to continue its renewal with a significant investment programme agreed at a meeting of Cabinet last week.

 

Hatfield town centre after Phase One
An initial £2.65m has been committed to works set to start in January and these will continue to create a better environment for shoppers, businesses and residents in the town. The works taking place will include:


·         A new canopy for The Arcade

·         Improvements to The Common car park and signs to the town centre

·         Refurbishment to a number of shops in the town centre and new shop fronts

·         Public realm works, continuing the work seen in the area between Asda and White Lion Square

·         Improvements in White Lion Square including a refurbished canopy, upgraded facades and new lighting.

The decision comes after discussions with development partner, St Modwen, recognised that at the present time, the council is best placed to lead on the next steps of the town's renewal.  As a result, the Development Agreement between St Modwen, the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and the council has been brought to an end by mutual agreement. 

In addition to the investment of £2.65m, the council will continue to explore options for further investment in the town centre and broaden its discussions with a range of stakeholders to consider the best way of ensuring the future vitality of the whole town.

Working in partnership, the council and St. Modwen successfully delivered Phase One of the scheme which included the construction of five shops and 15 apartments at 88-96 Town Centre (the former Bill Salmon centre, next to Asda), two shops and four apartments in two new buildings at 17c & 17d Town Centre at the northern end of The Arcade, and the public realm works between the two sites.

Leader of the council, Councillor John Dean, said: "Our commitment to invest in Hatfield will ensure that work we began in partnership with St Modwen and the HCA continues. Shortly after we entered into a Development Agreement the global economy suffered a massive downturn, the effects of which we continue to feel today. Town centres throughout the country have suffered and it has become clear that a different approach is needed in order to continue attracting investment in the town." 

Rupert Wood, Regional Director from St Modwen, said: "We completely understand the council's desire to lead on the next steps of the Town Centre redevelopment. In partnership and throughout the recession, we have successfully delivered Phase One which now serves as a catalyst to progress future stages of this important scheme for Hatfield."

Councillor Dean added: "Looking slightly further ahead, we may choose to exercise our right to acquire land owned by St Modwen; that would mean that any future scheme would be easier to deliver. We are currently in discussion with them regarding that option, and are looking at ways that might be funded.  We want to thank St Modwen for their work up to this point and are pleased with what they have helped us achieve in the town centre to date.  It is important for Hatfield that we maintain the momentum this investment has generated, and we are already looking beyond the initial £2.65m of renewal work which will begin in January."  


Town Centre Redevelopment Completes

Phase 1 of the redevelopment works completed in Summer 2014.

The new 88-96 Town Centre, adjacent to ASDA, includes fifteen apartments as well as five shop and café units. A further two shops and four apartments in two new buildings are now located at 17c and 17d Town Centre, facing White Lion Square and providing a gateway through The Arcade to Market Square.

In addition the old St. Albans Road, which runs between the two sites has been refurbished with paving, trees and benches to create an attractive environment for shoppers, businesses and residents.

The redevelopment has already attracted significant interest from both new residents and businesses looking for space in the town centre.

An open day for retailers held in the summer generated positive interest from national, regional and independent businesses.  Three of the seven shops are now under offer.

The new homes include 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments, many with balconies facing onto the town centre. Sales by Hertfordshire-based Lanes New Homes are also well underway with 70% under offer.

Town Centre Redevelopment Counts Down to Completion

28 April 2014

The new homes and shops being built in Hatfield Town Centre are on track for completion within weeks, with strong interest from prospective buyers and businesses.

The UK’s leading regeneration specialist St. Modwen said that construction in the town centre would be finished by June in time for the Hatfield Summer Festival and other events.

As well as the new buildings at 88 Town Centre and 17c and 17d Town Centre facing White Lion Square, the facelift for the main shopping street between the two sites is also now completed, including new trees and modern benches. 

Gary Morris, Senior Development Manager at St. Modwen said that the company was in advanced negotiations with retailers to take four of the seven new shops, and would be announcing names soon:

“We’ve had a great deal of interest from well-known high-street brands to take space in the redevelopment, and are in talks with three stores which will complement the existing shops and cafes.”

First viewings for the town centre apartments, which are being sold through Lanes New Homes, are also due to start over the coming weeks, following a high level of interest from prospective buyers.

Hatfield Street Facelift Gets Underway

4 February 2014

Work is due to start on the refurbishment of Hatfield’s main shopping street this month as part of the development works by St. Modwen.
 
The pedestrianised street between the new buildings currently under construction in the town - which is home to shops and cafes including Simmons Bakery, New Look and Boots – will provide new paving, trees and benches.
 
Sections of the road will be closed in sequence in order to enable the works to take place. However, shops and offices along the street will still be accessible during business hours for the duration of the works, which are due for completion in early April 2014.
 
Work on the new buildings themselves is on track for completion later in the Spring. At the end of 2013 the new building at 88-96 Town Centre was ‘topped out’, with work continuing to complete the new shops and apartments. Construction is also ongoing at 17c and 17d Town Centre facing White Lion Square, which will act as a new gateway to the town centre through The Arcade.
 
Gary Morris, Senior Development Manager at St. Modwen said that works were providing a much-needed facelift for shopping in the town:
 
“Work has been going well on the new buildings and these improvements will create a more welcoming environment for residents and visitors to the town centre.
 
“As the current development works near completion we’re also hoping to be in a position to announce lettings for the new shop units in due course.”

The works are being undertaken by Primus on behalf of St. Modwen and any queries relating to the construction programme should be directed to Jack Dixon at Primus on 07795 286 598

Town Centre Development Tops Out

28 November 2013

The new shops and homes in Hatfield have moved a step closer this month with the completion of the highest point of the structure of 88-96 Town Centre by regeneration specialist St. Modwen.

The new building is the largest currently under construction in Hatfield as part of the project, located next to Asda on the old St Albans Road.

When finished, 88-96 town centre will include five shops and fifteen modern one and two-bed apartments, many with balconies overlooking the pedestrianised shopping street.

The ‘topping out’ of the building marks a key milestone in the construction programme, as the developers now turn their attention to fitting out the shops and homes.

St. Modwen is also continuing the construction of 17c and 17d Town Centre, facing White Lion Square, with both buildings due for completion next year. As part of the current works the old St Albans road running between the two sites will also be refurbished, including new street furniture and paving along the street.

Gary Morris, Senior Development Manager at St. Modwen said that it was exciting to see the new buildings taking shape in Hatfield:

“With the roof in place, visitors to the town centre can get a good impression of how 88-96 Town Centre will look on completion, bringing modern shops and homes to the heart of Hatfield.

“With the main structure complete we’re now turning our attention to the new buildings facing White Lion Square, as well as a improvements at street level to provide a better, brighter environment for shoppers and residents.”

Construction Update - Town Centre Access

4 June 2013
 

Work on the development in Hatfield Town Centre is continuing well and on schedule for completion in Spring 2014. Excellent progress has been made on 88-96 Town Centre (near Asda) with the ground floor concrete slab now complete and the first floor ready to be built in the coming weeks.   

In addition demolition works have now been completed at 17c and 17d Town Centre (to the north of The Arcade facing White Lion Square) with ground works due to begin imminently.   

To allow safe access for construction materials to the 17 Town Centre site from the start of June 2013 it is necessary to close parts of the walkway between The Arcade and Wellfield Road while these works continue.   

Crossings for pedestrians will however be kept open at the entrance to The Arcade, opposite the Halifax bank and beyond Martin’s newsagents, shown on the Site Management Plan below.   

Regeneration specialist St. Modwen’s contractor on the project – Primus Build Ltd – has informed town centre retailers and residents of the works and will be liaising with all town centre users to make sure that disruption is kept to a minimum.  

Town Centre Redevelopment Update

19 September 2013


Construction work in Hatfield Town Centre has been progressing since the last update, with the new shops and homes at 88-96 Town Centre and opposite White Lion Square now taking shape. 

As well as the buildings themselves the development, by regeneration specialist St. Modwen, will also include a facelift for the pedestrianised area with new paving and street furniture.

Commenting on the works Gary Morris, Senior Development Manager at St. Modwen said:

“It’s been a busy season for Hatfield, with our work continuing alongside the great programme of town centre events and activity that we’ve experienced during the last few months.

“As construction continues on the buildings and works on the street improvements, we’re looking forward to delivering a brighter, busier town centre for shoppers, businesses and residents.”

New Town Centre Views Revealed

22 April 2013

Exciting new images of the new buildings being constructed in Hatfield Town Centre have been published, as work continues on the redevelopment.

The new images show the shops and homes being built at 88 Town Centre – the former Bill Salmon Centre – as well as the two new buildings at the northern end of The Arcade facing White Lion Square

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Piling work to lay the foundations for 88 Town Centre will be completed this month and foundation works will begin on the Arcade buildings in the coming weeks.

Work to upgrade the old St Albans Road between the two sites, including new paving and street furniture, will also start later in the year, with all the works on schedule for completion by Spring 2014.

Gary Morris, Senior Development Manager at St. Modwen said: “As well as providing bigger shops and new homes these modern buildings are going to make a big difference to how the town centre looks, helping to make it more attractive to businesses, shoppers and visitors.

“With these images we wanted to give people a taste of what’s to come, as we continue with work on the buildings ahead of completion next year.”

Town Centre Works Progressing

March 2013

Work on phase one of Hatfield Town Centre’s regeneration got underway in November 2012.

This first phase will see the creation of five new shops and fifteen apartments on the site of the former Bill Salmon Centre, now known as 88 Town Centre, along with two buildings at the northern end of The Arcade also including new shops and four apartments. In addition, Old St Albans Road which runs between the two sites will be upgraded with new paving and street furniture.

The construction works are scheduled to be completed in Spring 2014 although it is expected that the extensive street improvements will be finished in time for Christmas 2013.

For the latest news on the project please check this page where we'll be posting regular updates.
Redevelopment News

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council is working to improving Hatfield town centre to make it a better place to live, shop and work.

Please check this page regularly for the latest news as the redevelopment progresses or for more information on the project contact 

E: info@hatfieldtown.co.uk 

Enquiries

For a list of vacant premises, please look at Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council's website:

http://www.welhat.gov.uk/commercialproperty 

For information about commercial and community premises managed by the council please contact the Corporate Property Support Officers . 

For enquiries relating to the new shops at 17c and 17d Town Centre facing White Lion Square, and 88-96 Town Centre please contact Hartnell Taylor Cook



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