Grade-II Construction

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Construction on the Grade-II listed structure began in April and is expected to be completed by December 2015. When finished it will contain a 184-bedroom Premier Inn hotel, other retail outlets and a large gym.

The Newgate Street building

The Newgate Street building and adjoining multi-storey car park were bought for £9m from the Co-operative Group by DTZ Investment Management. The work is being carried out on its behalf by Interserve Plc. It will involve more than 600 people and a target has been set of 80% of staff coming from the region.

Meanwhile, Interserve aims to place 80% of the project’s £17m contract value with local businesses.

Due to the history of the site, and the complexity of the work, the firm has employed heritage consultant Sarah Dyer, who said: “It’s an amazing building which is revealing something new to us almost every day on the build.”

It was constructed in two stages, on St Andrew’s Street in 1902 while the Art Deco building followed in 1930.

The Co-op there closed in 2011. From then until it was bought in March this year it suffered serious deterioration caused by the elements - water damage was a great concern - as well as vandals and thieves. In August 2012 the four clocks at the top of the building were stolen by thieves posing as builders in hi vis jackets.

They are to be replaced with three clocks and a barometer made by specialist firm Smith’s of Derby which made the original clocks too, one of a series of coincidences linked to the build.

18th February 2015, 13:57
Page updated 18th Feb 2015, 14:25
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