Kier Group has been selected by Mansfield District Council for the first phase of the Mansfield Connect project in the UK, following a competitive tender process. 

This phase involves the transformation of the former 1930s Beales department store into a modern multiagency and community hub. 

The building was acquired by the council in December 2021 as part of its move to reshape the town centre’s future.  

The latest project received approval from Mansfield District Council’s councillor Craig Whitby last week.  

The initial phase will focus on the overall design and development of the project. 

Following this phase, the council plans to tender and award a contract for the second phase in late 2024, which will involve the main construction work. 

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Mansfield District executive mayor Andy Abrahams said: “Mansfield Connect is a key regeneration project that will transform the long-vacant Beales department store into a multiuse, multiservice community and civic hub. 

“Its creation will significantly improve access to a range of public services to support our communities; create new opportunities for enterprise and skills development; provide important new town centre amenities; and, by reopening long-closed frontages, will support greater footfall and high street vibrancy.” 

The total cost of the project is estimated at approximately £30m ($37.91m). 

This includes £20m in funding from the UK government’s Levelling Up Fund, £5m from the Levelling Up Partnership, and additional funding from partner contributions and anticipated capital receipts from the council itself. 

Commencement of the project’s work is scheduled for January 2025 and is expected to become fully operational in January 2027.  

This comes after Kier was selected as the preferred bidder by Cardiff Council for the construction of the new Ysgol Cynefin school in Wales last week.