Work to begin on town centre development

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WORK is set to begin on a new £2.4m retail and office development on the former Queen’s Head pub site in Mansfield town centre.

The landmark building will feature two retail units on the ground floor and six high-spec office units on the first and second floors.

It will boast green technologies, such as solar panels a green roof and energy efficient lighting, and will be the first office building in the town centre to achieve an excellent BRE Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) rating.

Groundworks begin on Monday and work on the building’s structure is expected to start early in 2013.

Council bosses say that while work is taking place, Quaker Lane and Queen Street Place will be closed - but Queen Street will be opened to two-way traffic to allow access to the Old Town Hall car park and businesses. The building - expected to be completed by late September 2013 - will be owned and managed by Mansfield District Council and rented out to commercial and retail firms.

Said Coun Kate Allsop, portfolio holder for economic regeneration: “The new building marks a clear signal that Mansfield is open for business and, it is intended that along with the modern new bus station, the development will act as a catalyst to encourage private investment into Mansfield town centre.”

The scheme has been funded by £867,567 European Regional Development Fund grant and £1.92m of the council’s own capital funds.