PICTURES: Check out progress on the new designer outlet village in Cannock
Work to create a multi-million pound designer outlet village is gaining pace.
Workers began clearing the site to make way for a £160 million McArthurGlen Designer Outlet, on Mill Green in Cannock in July and towards the end of January this year work began to erect steel frames on the site, which will make up shops.
It's estimated that the steel frames for all six retails units will be completed by early May and now, more than a month since the work began, the structures are taking shape.
Construction company Amey have been carrying out highways works on behalf of Staffordshire County Council throughout the building process.
The finished site will be completed by 2020 and will bring 1,000 jobs to the area, with phase one set to be home to 80 luxury brands.
There will also be a number of restaurants and cafes, a children’s play area, bike parking for cyclists and 1,400 car parking spaces.
In September 2016, Cannock Chase District Council approved planning permission for a designer outlet at Mill Green and 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.
This will be the group's 26th centre and their seventh in the UK, while they will also deliver an additional £1.5 million investment into 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.
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