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Treadmills delivers economic boost as first phase opens to the public

From left, Cllr Malcolm Taylor, Hambleton District Council Portfolio Holder for Projects and Transformation, Jonathan Stubbs of Wykeland Group, council Chief Executive Justin Ives and Wykeland’s Dominic Gibbons in front of the Treadmills development. The first phase of the £17m scheme is now open to the public.

The first phase of the transformational Treadmills regeneration project has opened to the public, providing a timely boost to the local community and economy in Northallerton.

Supermarket group Lidl – the retail anchor for the £17m scheme – and frozen food specialist Iceland have both opened, with a third 1,300 sq ft store unit available for occupation. The three units benefit from a 126-space car park.

The much-anticipated project is being driven forward by Central Northallerton Development Company Ltd (CNDCL), a joint venture between Hambleton District Council and leading Yorkshire developer Wykeland Group.

It is creating an exciting new future as a mixed-use destination incorporating retail, leisure and co-working office space for the formerly derelict site of Northallerton Prison, which closed in 2013 after housing inmates for 230 years.


From left, Cllr Malcolm Taylor, Hambleton District Council Portfolio Holder for Projects and Transformation, Jonathan Stubbs of Wykeland Group, council Chief Executive Justin Ives and Wykeland’s Dominic Gibbons in front of the Treadmills development. The first phase of the £17m scheme is now open to the public.

The second phase of the scheme, in the central part of the site, is well advanced and involves extensive redevelopment of the five Grade II listed prison buildings.
The former main cell block and the female wing will house the 7,000 sq ft Centre for Digital Innovation (C4DI) Northallerton, creating a new community of tech specialists.

Dominic Gibbons, Wykeland Managing Director and a CNDCL Board member, said: “We’re excited to see this major regeneration project bring this landmark site back to life.

“The opening of the first phase of the development, focused on retail, adds greatly to the choice available to shoppers in Northallerton and there is much more to come as we transform the former prison buildings.”


From left, Wykeland Group’s Dominic Gibbons, Cllr Malcolm Taylor and Chief Executive Justin Ives, from Hambleton District Council, and Jonathan Stubbs of Wykeland in front of the Lidl store which has now opened as part of the first phase of the transformational Treadmills development.

Jonathan Stubbs, Wykeland Developer Director and CNDCL Board member, added: “The next phase is due for completion in March, despite the challenges posed by the pandemic. This will blend old and new – the conservation and restoration of historic buildings and the creation of hi-tech jobs with innovative digital businesses.
“These new facilities and the jobs they will create have never been more important and will be crucial to the economic development and future prosperity of Northallerton.”

C4DI Northallerton will have a specific focus on agritech – the use of technology in agriculture, horticulture and food processing – to help these sectors to develop and grow.

The hospital block is being renovated to create 1,500 sq ft of offices and meeting rooms with additional breakout areas on the upper floor. The ground floor will offer up to 4,500 sq ft of space for a bar/restaurant to be developed with a selected end user.

The 3,500 sq ft tenement block is also being converted, for potential use as a digital education facility, complementing C4DI, as well as a retail unit.
In addition, the former Governor’s House is being remodelled to accommodate a café operator on the ground floor and mixed uses on the upper floor, creating a total of 3,500 sq ft of new space.

The extensive works involve the retention of as many of original prison features, while creating high-quality, modern office and leisure environments.

Councillor Peter Wilkinson, Deputy Leader of Hambleton District Council and a CNDCL Board Member, said: “Seeing the first two shops open in this development is a major landmark for the scheme – they bring much-needed choice for our shoppers and festive cheer during this difficult time.

“Phase two is also moving on at pace – the historic buildings are being transformed into a new community hub which will have a heavy emphasis on agritech businesses. And the education project will be announced soon as we look to work with a local university and college.”


Hambleton District Council Chief Executive Justin Ives, front left, chats with Wykeland Group Managing Director Dominic Gibbons as fellow representatives of the Treadmills joint venture partners tour the former Northallerton Prison female wing.

Graham Bell, Northallerton BID (Business Improvement District) Manager, welcomed the opening of the retail element of the development in time for the peak Christmas shopping period.

He said: “The opening of the first phase of Treadmills is wonderful news for the town. It really broadens the appeal of Northallerton and it’s brilliant to see prestige companies moving in.

“It’s a real vote of confidence in our local economy, particularly during these challenging times for everyone. We’re very proud of our town and the local business community, which is strengthened significantly by this new development.”

Lidl has created 40 jobs with the Treadmills opening and the store is supporting the local community by giving surplus food and customer donations to a number of local charities. Surplus food will go to Hambleton FoodShare and Breckenbrough Special School, near Thirsk, both of which are working to ensure those in need don’t go hungry.


From past to present: Wykeland Group Managing Director Dominic Gibbons, left, and Hambleton District Council Chief Executive Justin Ives in the tower of the main cell block which is being converted to house the Centre for Digital Innovation (C4DI) Northallerton community of tech specialists.

Lidl GB’s Regional Head of Property, David Murphy, said: “We would like to thank all those who have played a part in bringing this new Lidl store to Northallerton.

“It’s great for us to be able to create more jobs and investment opportunities in the area and we are proud to serve the local community at this time.”
Yorkshire contractors are playing a leading role in the project. Leeds-based Castlehouse Construction has built phase one, while the phase two works are due to be completed by Northallerton-based Moody Construction by mid-February.

Hull-based office design company Chameleon Business Interiors is now also on site delivering the interior design, fit-out and furnishing services, ready for occupiers to move into the former prison buildings by the end of March.

The Treadmills project is being supported by the York & North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership, which has secured £1.8m from the Government’s Local Growth Fund for the redevelopment and fit-out of the buildings that will be occupied by C4DI and other office users.

For general information about Treadmills, contact Jonathan Stubbs or Tom Watson at Wykeland on 01482 320968 or e-mail jds@wykeland.co.uk or taw@wykeland.co.uk. For property enquiries contact Adam Mobley of WSB Property on 0113 234 1444 or e-mail amobley@wsbproperty.co.uk

Pictures: Nigel Whitfield Photography.

Castlehouse Construction Completes Phase 1 of Treadmills regeneration project in Northallerton

September 2020

Leeds-based contractor Castlehouse Construction has completed Phase 1 of the Treadmills regeneration development at the former Northallerton Prison site.

The company has handed over three retail units, one of which will be occupied by supermarket group Lidl – the retail anchor for the £17m scheme. The second unit will be occupied by frozen food specialist Iceland and the third 1,300 sq ft unit is available for occupation.   A car park on the south side of the site has also been delivered.

Driven forward by the Central Northallerton Development Company Ltd (CNDCL), a joint venture between Hambleton District Council and leading Yorkshire developer Wykeland Group, the scheme will cement a new future for the old Grade II listed prison buildings by transforming the major landmark into an exciting, new mixed-use destination incorporating retail, leisure and office space.

Despite a challenging climate with the pandemic, Castlehouse carried out all construction work on site with extensive and stringent safety measures in place, complying fully with Government and construction industry guidelines introduced in response to Covid-19.

Castlehouse is currently on site fitting out the Lidl store, closely followed by Iceland, with both stores earmarked to open their doors to the public this autumn.

The northern part of the site, including five Grade II listed Victorian former prison blocks, forms part of the second phase of the development which is well underway by a local contractor and involves external restoration and extensive internal redevelopment of four of the five buildings.  The final building, the tenement block, will be converted at a later stage.

The former main cell block and the female wing will house the 7,000 sq ft Centre for Digital Innovation (C4DI) Northallerton, a new community of tech specialists, building on the Hull-based C4DI digital hub’s success.

 

 

Richard Lumley, Chairman of Castlehouse Construction said:

“We are delighted to hand over Phase 1 of this exciting regeneration development in spite of a challenging backdrop.   We are extremely proud of the team who worked diligently to deliver a key part of the scheme, providing the Hambleton and wider community with some great retail names as part of the development’s strategic vision.”

Leader of Hambleton District Council, Councillor Mark Robson said: “This handover marks the first step in Hambleton’s ambitious plans to regenerate the former prison site – having Lidl and Iceland opening up before Christmas will be a huge economic boost for Northallerton’s High Street and contribute to our vision to make our market town’s vibrant.

“In 2021 we will see C4Di open in one of the listed buildings on the site and that will bring in businesses to the town.  It is a very exciting time for Northallerton and Hambleton district.”

Jonathan Stubbs, Wykeland Development Director and a CNDCL Board member, said: “The completion of construction on phase one of Treadmills is a major milestone in the delivery of this exciting regeneration project and we’re now looking forward to the opening of the Lidl and Iceland stores.

“This is one of many developments we are moving forward across the region to deliver new investment and jobs that are vital to the post-Covid economic recovery.”

 

For information please contact:

Castlehouse Construction

Faye Binns at Space PR on 07793 401579 faye@spacepr.co.uk or Andrea McKenzie at Space PR 07714 988989 andrea@spacepr.co.uk

Wykeland Group

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

Hambleton District Council

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

New future for prison buildings as Treadmills transformation moves forward

Work is well under way transforming former prison buildings as part of the £17m Treadmills scheme in Northallerton, with scaffolding surrounding the former hospital block, left, female wing, centre, and Governor’s House.

Work is well under way to create an exciting new future for former prison buildings as part of the Treadmills regeneration project in Northallerton, North Yorkshire.

Local contractor Moody Construction is transforming the Victorian prison blocks, which have been derelict since Northallerton Prison closed in 2013.

The works involve external restoration and extensive internal redevelopment, modernisation and refurbishment of the Grade II listed prison buildings, the oldest parts of which date back almost 200 years.

The £17m redevelopment of the former prison site is being driven forward by Central Northallerton Development Company Ltd (CNDCL), a joint venture formed by leading Yorkshire property developer Wykeland Group and Hambleton District Council.

The latest phase of the Treadmills scheme will see four of the five former prison buildings transformed. The final building, the tenement block, will be converted at a later stage.

The ground floor of the female wing of the former Northallerton Prison is being converted to form part of Centre for Digital Innovation (C4DI) Northallerton, a new community of tech specialists.

Two of the buildings, the former main cell block and female wing, will house Centre for Digital Innovation (C4DI) Northallerton, an exciting new community of tech specialists, building on the success of the C4DI digital hub in Hull.

Occupying a total of 7,000 sq ft of space, C4DI Northallerton will have a key focus on agritech – the use of technology in agriculture, horticulture and food processing – to help these sectors to develop and grow and build an ecosystem of tech companies with supply chain and mentor access.

The former female wing, which will become part of the new C4DI Northallerton tech community. The works involve the retention of many of the original prison features.

The hospital block is being remodelled to create 1,500 sq ft of offices and meeting rooms with additional breakout areas on the upper floor, while the ground floor offering up to 4,500 sq ft of space for a bar/restaurant will be developed with the selected end user.

The former Governor’s House is being converted to accommodate a café operator on the ground floor and mixed uses on the upper floor, creating a total of 3,500 sq ft of new space.

The works involve the retention of as many of the original prison features as possible, while creating high-quality, modern office and leisure environments complying fully with Disability Discrimination Act regulations.

Half of the original solid steel cell doors will be retained while internal walls will be removed to convert cells into offices for start-up and scale-up tech ventures. External bars will be retained on windows as a feature in communal areas of the office spaces.

The C4DI area will feature a new partially glazed roof section creating light and space in what was previously dark and cramped accommodation for inmates.

The conversion and modernisation works are due to be completed this autumn and will be followed by a two-month fit-out, with occupiers due to move in early next year.

The upper level of the hospital block, which is being remodelled to create offices, meeting rooms and breakout areas.

Jonathan Stubbs, Development Director of Wykeland and a CNDCL Board member, said: “We’re pleased to have appointed a local contractor to deliver this key phase of the Treadmills project, which will increase the benefits to the local economy, and excited that work is now well under way on the heart of the prison site.

“Establishing C4DI Northallerton will create an aspirational environment for tech entrepreneurs and specialists to collaborate and thrive. We’re keen to hear from tech-based businesses and freelancers who want to become part of this exciting new community, based in a unique, characterful setting.”

Leader of Hambleton District Council, Councillor Mark Robson, said seeing Treadmills taking shape so quickly was exciting not just for Northallerton but the whole of the Hambleton district. “We are creating new leisure and work spaces – people will come here not just to work but to socialise and shop, boosting the economy of our district,” he said.

“C4DI will keep our tech talent local and stem the brain drain from the area. It will also create a cluster of digital expertise to support local economic growth, especially through the development of agritech products, services and applications.”
John Connolly, Managing Director of C4DI, said: “It’s fantastic to see the work taking place to create a unique new home for tech innovation and collaboration in Northallerton.

“Bringing traditional agriculture and food processing companies together with the tech sector will create new businesses and jobs and deliver a significant, wider impact on the local economy.”

Northallerton-based Moody Construction will celebrate its centenary next year and is bringing to the Treadmills scheme extensive experience of delivering heritage projects.

Construction Director James Moody said: “As a long-established Northallerton company, we’re very familiar with the history and heritage of the former prison site and appreciate how important it is to the town and its people.
“We’re delighted to have been appointed to carry out these works to restore and convert the prison buildings, paving the way for new uses and occupiers.”

The transformation of the former prison buildings is taking place as strong progress continues to be made on the first phase of the Treadmills scheme, which is seeing three retail units and a car park created on the south side of the site.

The two larger retail units will be occupied by supermarket group Lidl and frozen food specialist Iceland. A further retail unit of 1,300 sq ft is also available.

Construction of this phase is due to be complete by this summer with the Lidl and Iceland stores scheduled to open this autumn, following fit-out.

Construction is well advanced on the retail element of the Treadmills scheme, with this Lidl store scheduled to open this autumn.
Pictures: Nigel Whitfield Photography.

All construction work on site is taking place with extensive safety measures in place, complying fully with Government and construction industry guidelines introduced in response to the Covid-19 emergency.

The Treadmills project is being strongly supported by the York & North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership, which has secured £1.8m from the Government’s Local Growth Fund for the redevelopment and fit-out of the buildings that will be occupied by C4DI and other office users.

David Dickson, Chair of the York & North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership Infrastructure and Joint Assets Board, said: “This is a landmark project offering tremendous potential for economic growth. We liked the ambition of the scheme to create a digital hub in Northallerton which will draw new businesses in, support existing firms and retain talent in the area.”

A new computer-generated image of the Treadmills scheme showing accommodation for the C4DI tech community as well as restaurants and cafés around a showpiece civic square.

Image: Vector Design Concepts.

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.