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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.

Property industry award recognises prison regeneration partners

Hambleton District Council Deputy Leader Councillor Peter Wilkinson holds the Public-Private Collaboration Award with, from left, Wykeland’s Dominic Gibbons, Tom Cannon and Jonathan Stubbs and Matt Travis of category sponsor Enzygo. Picture: Insider Media

Regeneration partners Wykeland Group and Hambleton District Council have claimed a second major property industry award for the stunning transformation of the former Northallerton Prison.

They took the Public-Private Collaboration of the Year award in the Insider Yorkshire Property Industry Awards 2021 for the Treadmills scheme.

It’s the second award in just a few weeks for Wykeland and the local authority – they also received a prestigious Game Changer Award at the Yorkshire Property Awards 2021 in recognition of the £17m mixed-use Treadmills project.

Treadmills has been delivered by the Central Northallerton Development Company Ltd joint venture formed by leading Yorkshire developer Wykeland and Hambleton District Council. The development has reinvented the derelict prison site as a unique digital workspace, educational facility and retail and leisure community, with further investment now under way to complete the regeneration.

Leading Yorkshire developer Wykeland Group and Hambleton District Council have won a major property award for the Treadmills transformation of the former Northallerton Prison site Picture:Nigel Whitfield Photography.

Judges of the Public-Private Collaboration award said the Treadmills scheme had “transformed Northallerton’s derelict, 230-year-old prison into a stunning digital workspace and retail and leisure destination”.

They added: “The development is a beacon of regeneration for the North Yorkshire town and sitting at its heart is an innovative tech hub bringing the advanced jobs and skills of today and tomorrow to Northallerton.”

Dominic Gibbons, Managing Director of Wykeland, said: “This is the second time in a matter of weeks that our work with Hambleton District Council to deliver Treadmills has been recognised in awards celebrating the very best of the Yorkshire property industry.

“We’re particularly pleased that this latest award acknowledges the strength of the partnership, collaboration and co-ordination between us and the local authority.

“By working together so closely and positively we have regenerated a landmark site that had fallen into dereliction and delivered huge and long-lasting economic, social and community benefits for Northallerton and its people.”

Councillor Mark Robson, Leader of Hambleton District Council, said: “We are delighted to pick up this prestigious award for our exciting Treadmills development, proving that collaborations between the public and private sector really do work.

“At Treadmills we are creating a leisure, retail and business destination which is helping to shape Northallerton’s offer for residents, visitors and businesses – it is a development we are very proud of.”


The centrepiece of the Treadmills scheme is the C4DI Northallerton tech hub, created within the former main cell block and female wing Picture:Nigel Whitfield Photography.

The Treadmills scheme comprises:
• A retail element, with three newbuild stores, anchored by Lidl, and a 126-space car park.
• The C4DI (Centre for Digital Innovation) Northallerton tech hub, created within remodelled Grade II-listed former prison buildings, complemented by a digital education “eCampus”.
• A leisure phase, now underway, including a new cinema to be operated by upmarket group Everyman, three restaurant units, the conversion of the former Governor’s House and a showpiece civic square.

The Public-Private Collaboration of the Year award was sponsored by environmental consultants Enzygo. Shortlisted in the category were The Old Town Store (SelNat Ltd and Hull City Council) and Whinney Hill and Chesterhill Avenue (Engie and Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council).

As well as the Public-Private Collaboration award, Wykeland was shortlisted as part of the Wykeland Beal joint venture with housebuilder Beal Homes for their work delivering the stunning rejuvenation of Hull’s Fruit Market area as a thriving urban village.

Wykeland Beal was shortlisted for Residential Development of the Year (more than 50 homes) for the new homes that form a key part of the £80m regeneration project.

The partners were also shortlisted for Commercial Development of the Year for a new £11m showpiece head office for Arco, the UK’s leading safety business, and a £5m multi-storey car park – both delivered in the latest major phase of development in the Fruit Market.

The Public-Private Collaboration award is the latest in a series of accolades for Wykeland, including a Game Changer Award in the Yorkshire Property Awards 2020, with Beal, for the Fruit Market regeneration.

The Insider Yorkshire Property Industry Awards 2021 were hosted by TV presenter Mark Durden-Smith and held at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds. For full details of the winners go to: www.insidermedia.com/news/yorkshire/resilient-property-industry-celebrated-at-awards

• 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 £675,00 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 Street Fund.

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 Officer
aly.thompson@hambleton.gov.uk or 01347 838118.

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.

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.