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Hospitality businesses join Treadmills scheme

From left, Hambleton District Council Leader Cllr Mark Robson, Colin Hall, Senior Site Manager, and Scott Wardman, Head of Construction, both of contractor Moody Construction, at the Treadmills site where a new Everyman cinema and restaurant units are being built.

Two exciting hospitality businesses are coming to Northallerton.

They join the expanding portfolio of companies now operating from the redeveloped prison site, Treadmills, in the North Yorkshire town.

Farmhouse has taken the ground floor unit at the former Governors House and Open Jar will move into one of the three restaurant units currently being built with a new Everyman Cinema on the site.

The latest phase of the Treadmills development in Northallerton will be completed by the end of this year and will house an Everyman cinema and three restaurants.

Open Jar currently operates from bases in Norton and Seaton Carew and will serve street food as well as a classic menu – and offer live entertainment.  Farmhouse is an all-day independent restaurant which also has a base at the Everyman Cinema in Harrogate.

The former Northallerton Prison site has been transformed into a retail, business and leisure destination by Hambleton District Council and leading Yorkshire developer, Wykeland Group.  

Wykeland Development Director, Jonathan Stubbs, said: “Securing two high-quality independent restaurant businesses for Treadmills is a further demonstration of the appeal of this unique destination.

“The formerly derelict Northallerton prison site has been transformed into a thriving hub for shopping, business and learning with the latest phase adding leisure into the exciting mix of uses.”

Hambleton District Council Leader, Councillor Mark Robson, said: “It is an exciting time for Northallerton – and the Treadmills development. It is fast becoming the place to be based to work, learn and enjoy leisure time.   

“We have an eclectic range of businesses choosing to expand here – once the cinema is open and the public open space is complete later this year, Northallerton will have a much improved offer for the day and night time economies which we hope will attract people from both inside and outside the district to enjoy.”

Steelwork has been erected in the final phase of development at the former Northallerton Prison site. Two hospitality businesses have been announced as the latest operators joining the Treadmills scheme. Pictures:Nigel Whitfield Photography.

The Treadmills development is currently home to two supermarkets – Lidl and Iceland, a kitchen supplier – Kutchenhaus, pilates studio – UMove, business centre C4DI (Centre for Digital Innovation), and Campus@Northallerton (University of Sunderland and York College).

The latest phase of the development will be completed by the end of this year and will house the Everyman cinema and three restaurants.  There is also a further unit for a hospitality business under the first floor wing of the C4DI building.

For further information please contact:

Wykeland Group
John Meehan (of Meehan Media & Comms)
john@meehanmedia.co.uk or 07803 199492.

Hambleton District Council
Aly Thompson, Communications Manager
aly.thompson@hambleton.gov.uk or 07940 594853.

Local contractor takes over construction to complete Treadmills scheme

Pictured at the Treadmills site are, from left, Tom Barker, of Moody Construction; Jonathan Stubbs of Wykeland Group; Hambleton District Council Leader, Councillor Mark Robson; and James Moody, Colin Hall and Scott Wardman, all of Moody Construction.

Local contractor Moody Construction has taken over the final phase of Northallerton’s Treadmills development, having been appointed to complete the scheme.

The Northallerton-based building contractor has now re-started work on site to deliver a multi-screen cinema for upmarket group Everyman, three new-build restaurant units, and public realm works to create a showpiece civic square.

Family-owned Moody Construction has been appointed by the Central Northallerton Development Company Ltd (CNDCL) joint venture formed by leading Yorkshire developer Wykeland Group and Hambleton District Council to drive forward the mixed-use development of the former Northallerton Prison site.

It follows a temporary interruption to works after PDR Construction went into administration, resulting in work being paused for just under a month while a process was followed to appoint a new contractor to complete the project.

It means the award-winning regeneration scheme is now set to be fully completed, exactly as previously planned, by this autumn, just a few weeks later than original scheduled.

Completion of the works will pave the way for the much-anticipated opening of the Everyman cinema.

Everyman is one of the UK’s leading independent cinema groups and is renowned for its destination venues where filmgoers enjoy a luxurious experience, with drinks and freshly-made pizza served to their seats. The 11,000 sq ft Northallerton cinema will have four screens, with a total of 276 seats, as well as its own restaurant and licensed bar.

Jonathan Stubbs, Development Director of Wykeland and a member of the CNDCL Board, said: “We’re pleased we have been able to put in place a rapid, but also rigorous, process to review progress, consider options for a new contractor and, finally, to appoint Moody Construction.

Pictured at the Treadmills construction site are, from left, Jonathan Stubbs of Wykeland Group; Tom Barker of Moody Construction; Hambleton District Council Leader, Councillor Mark Robson; and Moody Construction executives Scott Wardman, James Moody and Colin Hall.

“This process has ensured we now have in place a new contractor with the capability and capacity to ensure a seamless transition and complete the project, while ensuring value for money.

“Moody Construction has mobilised its existing supply chain and also re-engaged a number of sub-contractors who were working on site before the construction pause. The resumption of works within a short period of time will minimise the impact on the build programme.”

Councillor Mark Robson, Leader of Hambleton District Council, added: “We are delighted to welcome Moody Construction back on to site – not only are they a Northallerton based business but they have already worked with us, successfully delivering the external restoration and extensive internal redevelopment and modernisation of the Grade II listed buildings on the Treadmills site.

“Work on the site has only been delayed by a few weeks and we look forward to seeing the new cinema opening to the public. The council is committed to delivering a first class offer at the old prison site – all the current retail units are now occupied, businesses are joining C4DI and students will be on the campus site the spring. The creation of the cinema clearly demonstrates this council’s ambition to developing and enhancing our market town. It’s a very exciting time.”

The previous work by Moody construction enabled the creation of the Centre for Digital Innovation (C4Di) Northallerton tech hub, a digital education “eCampus”, involving the University of Sunderland and York College, offices and other facilities.

Moody Construction has restarted construction work on phase three of the Treadmills scheme. A multi-screen Everyman cinema, new restaurant units and a showpiece civic square will be built on this site to complete the transformational regeneration scheme.

Pictures: Nigel Whitfield Photography.

James Moody, Construction Director of Moody Construction, said: “Following the successful completion of the challenging restoration and conversion of the listed buildings, we are delighted be part of the Treadmills development team again.

“We have been based in Northallerton since our company was founded over 100 years ago and the majority of Moody Construction staff live locally, so there has been a commitment from our pre-construction team to minimise disruption and expedite the complex and rigorous negotiations with a view to seeing progress on site resume as quickly as possible.

“Our project management staff and on-site personnel will now maintain momentum, working with our valued supply chain to complete the fantastic recreational facility to benefit future generations.”

The transformation of the former prison buildings followed delivery of the first phase of Treadmills, which saw the creation of three new-build stores, anchored by Lidl, and a 126-space car park.

The £17m scheme has been recognised as an outstanding example of regeneration delivered through partnership between the public and private sectors. It received the Game Changer Award in the Yorkshire Property Awards 2021 and the Public-Private Collaboration of the Year award in the Insider Yorkshire Property Industry Awards 2021.

  • The Treadmills project is supported by the York & North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership, which secured investment of £1.8m from the Government’s Local Growth Fund for the redevelopment and fit-out of C4DI and a further £725,000 from the Government’s Getting Building Fund for the eCampus. The final phase of the project is being part-funded with £4.75m from the Government’s Future High Streets Fund.

 

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For further information please contact:

Wykeland Group
John Meehan (of Meehan Media & Comms)

john@meehanmedia.co.uk or 07803 199492.

Hambleton District Council
Anna Wilkes, Corporate Communications Manager

anna.wilkes@hambleton.gov.uk or 01347 838118.

NOTES TO EDITORS

Towns Fund – Future High Streets Fund

The Future High Streets Fund aims to renew and reshape town centres and high streets in a way that improves experience, drives growth and ensures future sustainability. In total, 72 places will share up to £831 million from the Future High Streets Fund to help them recover from the pandemic by improving transport links, building new homes and transforming underused spaces.

Northern Powerhouse

Some Northern Powerhouse key facts:

  • The Northern Powerhouse is a key aspect of this Government’s approach to addressing the productivity gap in the North and ensuring a stronger, more sustainable economy for all parts of the UK.
  • The government has awarded £3.4bn in three rounds of Growth Deals across the Northern Powerhouse.

Getting Building Fund

On 4 August 2020, the government confirmed the list of over 300 successful projects which will receive a share of £900 million from the Getting Building Fund.

The full list of projects is available on GOV.UK.

The Getting Building Fund is investing in shovel-ready infrastructure projects to create jobs and support economic recovery across the country.  Projects funded include:

  • regeneration of town and city centres
  • green infrastructure and clean energy
  • transport and digital connectivity improvements
  • unlocking of housing and business sites
  • support for SMEs and learners

The successful projects (over 300) are expected to deliver up to 85,000 jobs, over 1,500,000 sqm of commercial floor space, unlocking 45,000 homes, almost 1,000,000 sqm of public realm or green space improved or created, over 50,000 new learners assisted, and 65 million kgs of CO2 emissions saved.

All projects have been selected by Local Enterprise Partnerships and Mayoral Combined Authorities in each area and endorsed by the Housing Secretary.

ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING POINTS INTRODUCED IN CAR PARK REVAMP

A major revamp of Northallerton’s Crosby Road car park has been completed, including the introduction of Hambleton district’s first electric vehicle charging points in a public parking area.

The improvements are linked to the transformation of the former Northallerton Prison site and the car park is now managed by Central Northallerton Development Company Ltd (CNDCL), which is driving forward the scheme.

CNDCL has invested £150,000 in the car park, which now features four electric vehicle charging points – the first in an off-street car park in the Hambleton District Council area.

The upgrade has also included the introduction of electronic payments, by card and mobile phone, and automatic number plate recognition, while parking bays have been widened and eight disabled and six parent and toddler spaces added.

Completion of the parking improvements follow the start of construction work in October on the first phase of the £17m Treadmills redevelopment, which will see the prison site re-invented as an exciting new retail, leisure and business destination.

CNDCL is a joint venture formed by property developer Wykeland Group and Hambleton District Council to deliver Treadmills.

Yorkshire-based contractor Castlehouse Construction has been appointed by CNDCL to deliver the first phase of the scheme, which is focused on the development of retail units and a car park on the south side of the former prison site.

Later phases will feature residential, leisure and offices, including flexible space for digital technology companies, specialists and freelancers, as well as a showpiece civic square and a four-screen cinema, operated by prestige cinema group Everyman.

Five Grade II listed former prison buildings will be restored and brought back to life as part of the scheme.

Jonathan Stubbs, Development Director of Wykeland and a CNDCL Board member, said: “The enhancement of the Crosby Road car park and the improved facilities now available to drivers are the first benefits to be delivered as part of the Treadmills scheme.

“People will now see a continuing process of positive change as the Treadmills scheme moves forward.”

For further information please contact:
John Meehan (of Meehan Media & Comms), on behalf of Wykeland Group: john@meehanmedia.co.uk and 07803 199492.
or
Aly Thompson (Communications Manager, Hambleton District Council): aly.thompson@hambleton.gov.uk and 01609 767063.

START OF CONSTRUCTION HERALDS BEGINNING OF TREADMILLS TRANSFORMATION

Wykeland Managing Director Dominic Gibbons, left, and Hambleton District Council Leader Councillor Mark Robson mark the start of construction of the £17m transformation of the former Northallerton Prison site.

Construction work has begun to herald the rebirth of the former Northallerton Prison in the North Yorkshire town’s most significant regeneration scheme in decades.

The Central Northallerton Development Company Ltd (CNDCL), a joint venture between Hull-based property developer Wykeland Group and Hambleton District Council, is driving forward the £17m Treadmills development.

Now work has begun on the scheme, which will see the prison, which has been closed for six years, re-invented as an exciting new retail, leisure and business destination.

Yorkshire-based Castlehouse Construction has been appointed to deliver the first phase of the scheme, which is focused on the development of retail units and a car park on the south side of the former prison site.

The initial phase will feature the construction of stores to be occupied by fast-growing supermarket group Lidl and Iceland, the UK’s leading specialist frozen food retailer, as well as a smaller third retail unit.


From left, Gemma Lennon, of Castlehouse Construction; Jonathan Stubbs, of Wykeland; Frank Kofler, of Castlehouse Construction; Councillor Mark Robson and Justin Ives, of Hambleton District Council; and Wykeland’s Dominic Gibbons; at the former Northallerton Prison site, where work has begun on the Treadmills scheme.

Lidl is the retail anchor for Treadmills and will take a 21,000 sq ft unit, while Iceland will occupy a unit with 6,000 sq ft on the ground floor and a 2,300 sq ft mezzanine level.

A further retail unit of 1,330 sq ft is also available to complete the southern part of the development, which will also feature parking for around 130 vehicles.

Work in the early weeks will include demolition of the existing gatehouse and the creating of a new access to the site from Crosby Road.

Construction of the retail units and car park is expected to be completed by early summer next year, ready for the Lidl and Iceland stores to open by summer 2020 following fit-out.

Dominic Gibbons, Managing Director of Wykeland and a CNDCL Board member, said: “The start of construction of the first phase of Treadmills is clearly a major milestone towards the delivery of the development partners’ exciting vision.

“Northallerton Prison was a landmark in Northallerton for more than 200 years and forms a major part of the town’s history.

“Now, we are creating an exciting new future for this strategic site, with major investment, facilities and jobs to support Northallerton’s economic growth and prosperity, while respecting and preserving the key heritage of the site.”

Councillor Mark Robson, Leader of Hambleton District Council, said: “We are delighted that construction has started on what is going to be an exciting project for central Northallerton and we look forward to new businesses opening and successfully trading in the town.”


From left, Frank Kofler and Gemma Lennon of Castlehouse Construction; Jonathan Stubbs, of Wykeland; Councillor Mark Robson and Justin Ives, of Hambleton District Council; and Wykeland’s Dominic Gibbons; on the former prison site where construction work has begun on the £17m Treadmills development.

Five Grade II listed former prison buildings at the northern end of the site will be restored, refurbished and brought back into use as part of the next phase of the development, with work expected to start early next year.

Occupiers of the renovated prison buildings will include digital technology companies, specialists and freelancers in a community managed by the Hull-based Centre for Digital Innovation (C4DI).

Subsequent phases will feature a four-screen cinema, to be operated by prestige cinema group Everyman, as well as restaurants and residential, arranged around a new showpiece civic square.

When complete, around 250 permanent jobs will be created within the Treadmills scheme, as well as 180 jobs during construction.

As the Treadmills scheme moves forward, related projects are also making good progress.

CNDCL has now taken over management of the neighbouring Crosby Road car park and £150,000 is being invested in improvements, including introducing four electric vehicle charging points – the first in an off-street car park in Hambleton district.

The upgrade also includes the introduction of electronic payments, by card and mobile phone, while parking bays are being widened and eight disabled and six parent and toddler spaces added.

Hambleton Council has also drawn up detailed plans to ensure Northallerton’s High Street and the Treadmills development are strongly connected.

Following confirmation of a £2.9m investment by the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), work is expected to start early in the New Year on improvements to New Row, Central Arcade and Zetland Street. The scheme will create high-quality, pedestrian-friendly links between the High Street and Treadmills.

The LEP is also supporting the Treadmills scheme, including by investing £250,000 in highways improvements and the diversion of utilities related to the first phase of the development.

Northallerton Prison housed inmates for more than 230 years before closing in 2013. Hambleton District Council bought the former prison from the Ministry of Justice in 2014 to secure a key strategic site close to the town centre and signed a development agreement with Wykeland to deliver the Treadmills scheme in 2017.

CAR PARK TO BE UPGRADED AS TREADMILLS SCHEME MOVES FORWARD

Work is about to begin to revamp the Crosby Road car park in Northallerton, linked to the transformational Treadmills scheme.

The car park is now managed by the Central Northallerton Development Company Ltd (CNDCL), which is driving forward the Treadmills development.

CNDCL is to invest £150,000 in the car park, including introducing four electric vehicle charging points – the first in an off-street car park in Hambleton district.

The upgrade will include the introduction of electronic payments, by card and mobile phone, while parking bays will be widened and eight disabled and six parent and toddler spaces added.

The car park works will begin on Monday, September 30. The car park will remain open to the public during the evening, from 6pm, throughout the works.

The car park upgrade is linked to the start of construction on the first phase of the redevelopment of the former Northallerton Prison.

The initial phase will focus on new retail units, with Lidl and Iceland already signed up for the scheme, as well as further parking within the former jail site. Later phases will feature residential, leisure and offices, including flexible space for digital technology companies, specialists and freelancers, as well as a showpiece civic square and a four-screen cinema, operated by Everyman, one of the UK’s most prestigious cinema groups.

CNDCL is a joint venture formed between Hambleton District Council and leading Yorkshire property developer Wykeland Group to deliver Treadmills. Five Grade II listed former prison buildings will be restored and brought back to life as part of the £17m scheme.

Jonathan Stubbs, Development Director of Wykeland and a CNDCL Board member, said: “The Crosby Road car park has been integrated within the Treadmills development and will receive a significant upgrade as a result. The work is another sign of the positive change taking place in and around the former prison site.”

CHILDREN CELEBRATE SCHOOL ARTS PROJECT SUCCESS

From left, Kate Staines, Arts and Recreation Officer at Hambleton District Council; Jonathan Stubbs, Development Director at Wykeland Group; Rebecca Bainbridge, Headteacher at Mill Hill CP School; Elaine Burke, Community Engagement Consultant at Wykeland Group; and Karen Andrew, lead artist; with pupils from Mill Hill CP School.

July 31, 2019

A primary school has celebrated the success of an arts project inspired by the exciting transformation of the former Northallerton Prison site with a special assembly and parade.

Pupils from Mill Hill Community Primary School in Northallerton created a giant bird sculpture – with each child making a special feather – which was unveiled at a celebration event for the whole school, parents and guests to enjoy.

The project was led by artist Karen Andrew and supported by Wykeland Group and Hambleton District Council who are working together on the redevelopment of the former Northallerton Prison site, almost next door to Mill Hill School.

Rebecca Bainbridge, Headteacher at Mill Hill, said: “This project has offered a range of wonderful experiences which have developed the children in our school as individuals, as part of a group, and as a whole.
“This project has allowed us to flourish and every child and adult within the school has gained something special from their involvement.”

Hull-based regeneration company Wykeland Group is a long-standing sponsor of the arts and supports projects such as this as part of an ongoing commitment to involve the community and help develop the skills, aspirations and creativity of local children and young people.

The school project is linked to the £17m Treadmills scheme which will see new retail units, restaurants, a cinema, offices and a new civic square on the former Northallerton Prison site. The project is being delivered by the Central Northallerton Development Company (CNDC), a joint venture between Hambleton District Council and Wykeland.

Jonathan Stubbs, Development Director of Wykeland and a CNDC Board member, said: “It’s wonderful to see the children so inspired by this project and so excited to share their work with the whole school community.”
Elaine Burke, Wykeland’s Community Engagement Consultant who manages the project, said: “We designed the Imaginosity project specifically to draw inspiration from the redevelopment of the prison into the new Treadmills scheme.

“We are delighted that this project has made such a difference to pupils we are proud of our partnership with Mill Hill Community Primary School.”

MORE INFORMATION

Janey Revill (of Meehan Media & Comms, on behalf of Wykeland Group): janey@meehanmedia.co.uk or 07870 681319.

Aly Thompson (communications officer, Hambleton District Council): aly.thompson@hambleton.gov.uk or 01609 767063.