CHESTERFIELD CO-OP: Building work to start 'sometime' in 2017
Work to breathe new life into Chesterfield's former Co-op building is due to start 'sometime' in 2017.
The Â£20million development will see the Elder Way site transformed into a budget hotel, six restaurants and a health and fitness centre.
So far, developers have revealed that an 89-bedroom Premier Inn hotel and Beefeater restaurant will form part of the major scheme. Discussions are currently underway with other potential occupiers.
Central England Co-operative, which still owns the landmark building, is working with Jomast Developments Ltd to transform it – while still retaining many of its original features.
Adam Hearld, development director at Jomast Developments Ltd, said this week: "Work is due to start sometime in the new year and will take between 12 to 18 months."
The Co-op development is part of the revised Northern Gateway masterplan.
Mr Hearld previously told the Derbyshire Times: "This is a hugely important and exciting opportunity to revitalise a significant landmark building and create a vibrant leisure destination in the heart of Chesterfield town centre."
Meanwhile, Nicholas Johnston, acquisitions manager for Premier Inn, said in February: "We are delighted to be taking an 89-bedroom hotel and Beefeater restaurant as part of the forthcoming Elder Way development in Chesterfield.
"Chesterfield is an excellent location and, as well as attracting new visitors to the area, the new hotel will deliver fresh investment and create 60 new jobs for the local area."
The Co-op building has been empty since July 2013.
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