Tamworth Borough Council appoints Speller Metcalfe as delivery partner
Tamworth Borough Council has achieved an exciting and significant milestone in plans to transform Tamworth town centre by appointing Speller Metcalfe as delivery partner.
The industry-leading construction firm will now work alongside Tamworth Borough Council to deliver the ambitious plans for the government funded Future High Streets project.
The next stage of the project will see a detailed costed work programme developed to deliver:
- A new Enterprise Centre in the original 19th Century former Co-operative building on Colehill;
- The Middle Entry renovations which will see the walkway roof removed and some vacant units demolished to be replaced by a new flexible, multi-use building for independent small businesses;
- Restoration and refurbishment of the late 18th century former Peel Café, bringing a historic building back into use in a way that enhances its original Georgian features;
- Restoration and refurbishment of the historic vacant properties on Market Street and creating a wider footbridge into the castle grounds;
- Public realm works that will link all the projects together.
Tamworth was awarded £21.65 million from the Future High Streets Fund to transform the town centre into the busy, thriving heart of the community.
Anna Miller, Assistant Director for Growth and Regeneration said: “It’s fantastic to have one of the very best construction companies as our delivery partner.
“Speller Metcalfe has successfully delivered many public and private projects across the region and we’re very pleased to have them on board to help us deliver our ambitious programme to rejuvenate Tamworth town centre.”
South Staffordshire College is also building a new college facility replacing the 1960s part of the Co-operative Building, which delivers a combined investment of over £40million in Tamworth town centre.
This investment really is a once in a generation opportunity to develop a town centre that meets the needs of 21st century shoppers, residents and businesses.
Matthew Bailey, Divisional Director at Speller Metcalfe said: “We’re absolutely delighted to be able to support the council in moving their transformation plans forward as we know what a positive impact this will have on the residents of Tamworth and visitors to the town centre.
“We will be working closely with the Tamworth community throughout the project to ensure disruption is kept to a minimum.”
Work is expected to start in the coming months.
This scheme was procured through the Constructing West Midlands Framework.