THE New Year is set to be another good year for the Warrington economy says Steve Park, Director of Growth & MD of Warrington & Co.
Despite the ongoing uncertainty that Brexit presents he predicts 2019 will still be another good year for the Warrington economy.
“When we started site clearance works on the Time Square project in 2016, 2020 seemed a long way off,” he said.
“I was out on site at Time Square recently and it is exciting to see the progress. I stood in the structures that will become the new market hall and council offices which are rapidly taking shape. There are currently 260 permanent employees currently working for Vinci on the construction. By the end of March that figure will have risen to 400.
“Progress is set to accelerate with roofs and wall panels being affixed to the structures. Come summer, externally the scheme will look complete albeit that the internal fit out of the buildings will be underway in earnest ready for an opening in spring of 2020.
“Elsewhere, work is underway on Warrington Central Park Highways Link, with works starting on the key element – the construction of a new bridge connecting Centre Park to Chester Road – to start in the coming weeks.
“Over at Omega three of the Mountpark units on Omega South were completed last month (of which Royal Mail are to occupy one) and work will complete on their fourth, and final unit in February. Demand for the housing units is high and both Redrow and Miller are reporting that it has exceed their sales expectations. Planting is also well underway on the Green Heart – a new 35 acre park – which will be opened in 2020 in order to give.
Steve added: “In the coming months work will commence on the construction of the new Youth Zone at the Stadium Quarter.
“Applications to construct and convert properties for town centre residential use continue to flood in with hundreds so far approved. It is encouraging to see the Private Sector responding to the public sector lead regeneration activity in the town.
“In March Warrington Business Exchange will host its Annual Conference celebrating a year in business. At the time of writing membership stood at 175 and is growing day by day. It’s a great forum in which to do business and collaborate with others. It is set to be an exciting event so hope to see you there.”