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Mill Green designer outlet village works to 'cap off' mine shaft

By Jordan Reynolds | Cannock | Property | Published:

Work to 'cap off' a mine shaft at the site of a future multi-million pound designer outlet village is set to begin today.

Clearance of the site to make way for the £160 million McArthurGlen Designer Outlet in Cannock, started in July.

The mine shaft work requires steel driven piles, and the piling on site will last up to three weeks with noise and vibrations monitored throughout.

An artist's impression of the Mill Green designer outlet village

Steel frames are being erected, which are the blocks which will make up the retail units.

Work on the first block of a total of six is 50 per cent complete and work has also begun on the second.

It is estimated that all six will be completed by early May.

Last week work to lay the floor slabs was due to begin, and Amey continues to carry out highways works on behalf of Staffordshire County Council.

An overview of the designer outlet village

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Due to be completed in 2020, the scheme will 1,000 jobs for the local area – with Phase I set to be home to 80 sought-after premium and luxury brands offering year-round savings of up to 60 per cent, as well as restaurants and cafes, a children’s play area, bike parking for cyclists and 1,400 car parking spaces.

Cannock Chase District Council granted planning approval for a designer outlet at Mill Green in September 2016 following extensive consultations with the local community.

Steel work being erected on the site

Following this, in December 2017, McArthurGlen announced a joint venture with Aviva Investors, The Richardson Family and U+I to develop McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Cannock, which will span 285,000 sq ft of retail space across two phases.

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The development will become the group’s 26th centre, and their seventh in the UK.

The McArthurGlen Designer Outlet will also deliver an additional £1.5 million investment in various projects that will bring significant benefits to the local community.

This investment programme will include the enhancement and ongoing maintenance of the Mill Green Nature Park, improvements to Cannock Town Centre and the railway station, and support for developing skills and employment prospects for local people.

Jordan Reynolds

By Jordan Reynolds
Reporter - @jreynolds_star

Senior reporter at the Express & Star.

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