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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.

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.

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.

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