Work starts on new Mansfield retail park
The start of construction work on a retail park which includes two drive-through chain food outlets in Mansfield has been welcomed.
Work started on the Southwell Road West, Ransom Wood, site on Monday.
It is hoped the development, which will include a Costa Coffee and a Greggs drive-thru, will help boost the local economy, provide jobs and more facilities for the area. Future retail outlets will also form part of the development.
The site will link both the Sherwood Oaks Business Centre to the south-west and the Ransom Wood Business Park to the north, and will have a 70-acre woodland park backdrop.
Specialist commercial property firm Burney Developments has appointed Leeds-based company JW-G Construction as the main contractor for the 20-week development programme.
The firm’s managing director John White said: “This is another exciting project that we are delighted to be working on and are looking forward to working once again with the Burney Developments team.
“In the current climate this development will open up a number of employment opportunities, though it’s hard to say how many at this stage, but it will contribute to boosting the local economy. The project is due to be completed in early summer.”
The project team includes Dovetail Architects Ltd and Ipswich-based civil and structured design engineers Haydn Evans.
Stuart Mills, director of Adco Properties Ltd, Ratcher Hill Quarry, Ransom Wood, near the site said: “I think it’s fantastic that this new development is going ahead it will really help open up this end of Mansfield It is going to bring new life to this area and provide much needed facilities.
“There is a lot of housing being built and we also have a McDonalds on the opposite side of the road about to be completed. We came here 20 years and nothing much changed, but now it’s like wow, the landscape is really changing and it’s for the better.”
Councillor John Smart, who represents Ransom Wood said: “I have not heard any complaints about this particular development, there are a lot of large housing developments in the area so I expect it will provide plenty of facilities for people in one place.
"It means people won’t have to drive all the way to Mansfield if they want a coffee or fancy a sausage roll!”