New tenants to move ‘shortly’ into criticised Mansfield office development

Mansfield's Executive Mayor Tony Egginton opens the new Queen's Place on Queen Street. Pictured are Marc Hollingsworth, Mayor Tony Egginton, Coun Kate Allsop, Portfolio holder for Economic Regeneration and Mike Robinson, Head of Regeneration G131121-2c
Mansfield's Executive Mayor Tony Egginton opens the new Queen's Place on Queen Street. Pictured are Marc Hollingsworth, Mayor Tony Egginton, Coun Kate Allsop, Portfolio holder for Economic Regeneration and Mike Robinson, Head of Regeneration G131121-2c

The new £2.4 million business centre criticised for failing to attract businesses is close to confirming its first tenants, it has been confirmed.

The Queen’s Place development on Queen Street was finished in November, providing two new retail units and six offices, but a lack of takers has led to concerns.

The development was described as being the ‘crowning glory’ of the council’s town centre regeneration vision, but at a recent Mansfield District Council meeting, the portfolio holder for economic regeneration - Coun Kate Allsop - was put under the spotlight by Coun Stuart Richardson, who asked about the latest news on the new building.

In response, Coun Allsop described it as a ‘fantastic’ project, adding: “We have had several viewing and we are very close to letting the top-floor office space, to a recruitment agency business from Derby, terms have been agreed, contracts have been drawn up and we’re waiting for a signature.

“We have a very strong interest in the larger retail unit, draft terms are being finalised on this unit, and significant interest in the smaller unit.

“Marketing only starts properly when the building is complete. Although we have taken the opportunity to publicise the building since it was granted planning permission.

“We started serious marketing in November, the building was officially completed in February, so considering its only been since then and we have an office about to be let and both retail units having significant interest, I’m confident that we will see tenants settling into this building shortly.”