Goodbye Green Shed

FORMER FOCUS STORE BUILDING TO BE DEMOLISHED TO MAKE WAY FOR FIRST PHASE OF TELFORD SHOPPING CENTRE REDEVELOPMENT

Work on the demolition of the little-loved “green shed” in Telford town centre started today (Monday 7 July 2014).  The £160,000 contract is a precursor to the redevelopment of the site as the Southern Quarter, the first phase of the Telford Shopping Centre redevelopment masterplan.

Sovereign Land, which is masterminding the five-year Telford Shopping Centre redevelopment strategy, is just putting the finishing touches to a planning application for the Southern Quarter development and hopes to be able to submit it to Telford & Wrekin Council in the next few weeks. 

Designed by leading shopping centre architects Benoy, the Southern Quarter is set to be a modern feature building.  Subject to planning consent being secured, it will house new restaurants and cafés with outside seating that will complement and extend the experience offered by the new leisure in the Southwater development as well as new retail.

Shrewsbury-based building company LG Blower and RVC Demolition from Church Stretton have been appointed to undertake the demolition contract.  They take control of the site today.  It is anticipated that the demolition will be completed in November 2014.

Commenting on the start of demolition, Sovereign Land Chairman Tim Binnington said:

“This is an important milestone for the redevelopment of Telford Shopping Centre.  To date we have invested a huge amount of time and money in vitally important work of planning and preparation, but this marks the start of real physical change.  

“The Green Shed is an unattractive building and has looked increasingly out of place as the exciting new Southwater development has taken shape around it.   The demolition of the building and redevelopment of this site with a new contemporary landmark housing active uses, is an important step in creating a more integrated, more attractive town centre.

“Our planning application for the redevelopment of this site as the Southern Quarter will follow in the next few weeks and, subject to us securing consent, we hope to start construction early next year.”

Councillor Kuldip Sahota, leader of Telford & Wrekin Council, added:  “I am delighted that work is due to begin on the demolition of the building known as the Green Shed. This is all part of the commitment by both the Council and Telford Shopping Centre in conjunction with private sector partners like the Southwater Event Group to position Telford as a major regional destination.

“Removing the green shed is a logical progression from the demolition of the old Civic Offices to make way for a new ASDA and I am genuinely excited at the pace of progress to transform our town centre.”

Previously the FOCUS store, the Green Shed was built in 1981 and has long been considered something of an eyesore.  The Green Shed is built from pre-stressed aluminium panels to the exterior and some 90% of the structure will be recycled during the demolition process.

Work is also progressing on detailed plans for the Northern Quarter scheme, which will replace the old ASDA store.   These will be announced later this year.

GL Hearn is planning consultant for the Telford Shopping Centre redevelopment while WT Partnership are project managers.