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      Work on the former M&S store in the Nottinghamshire town will begin this summer

      ByMonelo Gabriel

      Feb 14, 2023

      A vacant building in a Nottinghamshire city center will be transformed into 29 residential units. The former Marks and Spencer building in Newark has been empty since 2019 when the retailer closed the store, but plans could see construction begin on the building this summer.

      Following the contract award, the Newark and Sherwood District Council expects to appoint a developer over the next few weeks to advance plans for new housing and commercial units on Stodman Street. The new homes will provide additional downtown housing for the area, and plans also include two renovated commercial units that will enhance Newark’s commercial offering.

      Councilor David Lloyd, Co-Chairman of the Newark City Board and Leader of the Newark and Sherwood Borough Council, explains: “We want our urban centers to have a prosperous future where life, work, shopping, play and enjoyment come together. While Newark does well compared to the UK average in terms of the number of vacant commercial units in the city centre, it is important that we continue to do all we can to attract people.

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      “Commercial change should not mean the decline of the city center. It should be an opportunity. By repurposing a major downtown site, we hope to inject new life into the area with the goal of making the heart of Newark a great place to live and shop. Newark is unique and already has a lot to offer with fantastic independent retailers nestled alongside national stores, but this development will really add to the vibrancy of our historic market town.

      Artistic impression of the new homes and commercial premises. (Image: Newark and Sherwood District Council)

      “I am delighted that we expect to appoint a construction contractor imminently with work starting this summer.” The District Council has already completed preliminary work on the vacant site, which included the removal of large amounts of asbestos and cleaning of internal partitions to prepare the site for the proposed redevelopment.

      Despite inflationary pressures, the District Council said it will not vacate the building any longer, but despite approaching a long list of retailers to occupy the store, the council says the current unit is too large for the most merchants in downtown locations. Once Cabinet approval is sought on February 21, 2023, the District Council will pursue the development.


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