Mansfield District Council will cut the ribbon on Mansfield’s £2.4m town centre gateway building, Queen’s Place next Thursday (21st November) at a special launch event.
The ribbon cutting at the new eco-building will mark the culmination of more than a decade’s hard work to regenerate the town centre.
Queen’s Place creates two new retail units and six offices on Queen Street between the brand new transport interchange and the market square. The offices help to address the shortage of high quality office space, while the retail units provide two of the most visible window spaces and frequented locations in town with a daily footfall of around 13,000 – more than East Midlands Airport.
The iconic landmark sets a new standard for buildings in the town centre, with an A-rating for energy-efficiency and an expected excellent BREEAM rating, offering occupants exceptionally low running costs.
Head of regeneration Mike Robinson said: “We set out a vision to improve the look, feel and offer in Mansfield. We have done just that. Queen’s Place is the crowning glory in our regeneration strategy.
“We want to make the town centre the very best it can be. In the last decade, we’ve renovated the historic area, we’ve helped to deliver a £9m state of the art transport interchange, we’ve made space for a new shopping and restaurant area at Stockwell Gate North and we’ve improved the public realm. Now, in Queen’s Place, we’ve delivered an ambitious eco-building that will attract exciting new businesses and retailers.”
Mansfield Business Improvement District manager Sarah Nelson added: “The BID has been working hard to get retailers and private investors to work together to offer what shoppers and visitors want.
“As a result of our combined efforts, Mansfield is a more vibrant, better and safer place to be. Crime is down by 9.6 per cent, footfall is up by 5.5 per cent, spending is up by 7.4 per cent, more new businesses are opening up and our national retail rankings have soared from 135 to 112.”
Mike Robinson said: “By delivering a great new retail opportunity and more office workers into the town to use them, Queen’s Place will play a vital part in taking the town centre to the next level.”
“It was vital to get Queen’s Place right. It has to give people the feeling they are arriving into a vibrant town. Queen’s Place is on the main thoroughfare between the new bus station and the market square. In place of the run-down pub that once dominated the street, Queen’s Place establishes that all-important iconic gateway.”
“Much has been achieved and there is much to do. Now, we have the fabric for a town centre we can all be proud of. With the opening of Queen’s Place we can celebrate the hard work that is turning the town centre into a vibrant and interesting place, while looking forward to what can be achieved from here.”
Mansfield’s Executive Mayor Tony Egginton will cut the ribbon at Queen’s Place, Queen Street on Thursday 21st November at 2.30pm.
Visit www.queensplacemansfield.com for opportunities at Queen’s Place or ring Innes England on 0115 924 3243.