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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.”

Planning Permission for Prison Site

The multi-million pounds redevelopment of Northallerton’s former prison has been given the green light.

Work on transforming the site will begin next year after the scheme won approval from members of Hambleton District Council’s Planning Committee today (November 15).

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Prison hoardings to feature 60s pop icons in new exhibition

A striking new open air exhibition is being installed in Northallerton – celebrating pop icons from the 1960s.

Award winning Yorkshire filmmaker and photographer, Paul Berriff, has worked with Joe Cornish Galleries to create panels to grace the hoardings of Treadmills – the former Northallerton prison.

Supported by Northallerton BID and site owners the Central Northallerton Development Company Limited (CNDCL) the 150 metre long graphic features rare images of artists like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix as they toured Yorkshire venues at the start of their careers in the early 1960s.

“Inspired by big city developments around the world, we are excited to be using iconic pop culture to enhance the look of the town while the prison site redevelopment takes place” said Joe Cornish Galleries Manager Adam Richardson.

“Featuring over 60 images, this eye-catching display is a unique record of the rise of the burgeoning 60s pop scene here in Yorkshire. To accompany the unveiling, Paul’s ‘Rock Legends’ exhibition will also be on display at our Northallerton gallery.”

And Hambleton District Councillor Peter Wilkinson, Chairman of the CNDCL Board added: “This exhibition will form a striking landmark as we develop the Treadmills site – it features rare images which I am sure will attract lots of interest in the town.”

Julia Chance, of Northallerton BID said:

“Northallerton BID’s mission is to provide a quality appearance and environment in the county town and this joint project is the first of many public art installations we hope to put in throughout the county town. Indeed we are devoting the month of August to Arts with a number of new public installations culminating in an Arts and Artisan Market on the High St on Sunday Aug 26th. Love Arts? #lovenorthallerton www.lovenorthallerton.com