Lovell signs agreement for Hatfield redevelopment in UK

WCN Editorial Team 31 Jul 2018 EUROPE BUILDINGS

Lovell, a UK-based construction company, has signed a development agreement with Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council (WHBC) to deliver a £45m regeneration programme in the heart of South Hatfield in Hertfordshire.

Under the agreement, new shops and homes, including affordable homes and properties for sale, will be developed in the High View neighbourhood centre, which dates from the 1950s.

Construction on the first phase of the scheme is expected to begin in 2019, subject to planning approval.

The overall redevelopment of the local shopping centre and the nearby Hollyfield former garage site is expected to provide 150 new homes for local people, create new replacement retail space, and provide better access to the council-owned Jim McDonald community centre.

The programme is expected to take five years to complete and will be taken up in phases to minimise the impact on the centre’s shops and businesses and on the local community.

Lovell expects to submit a planning application for the first phase of work by the end of 2018.

Lovell regional managing director Richard Vining said: “We’re extremely pleased to be moving forward with this important scheme which will deliver a significant programme of renewal for South Hatfield.

“Our team will continue to work in close partnership with the local community and with Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council as we shape a fresh future for this key location, drawing on our team’s regeneration expertise to deliver much-needed homes and new retail space.”

Lovell will also invest in the creation of job and training opportunities locally, and offering construction courses for residents. It will also give a £50,000 community grant to the council.

WHBC executive member for regeneration Councillor Bernard Sarson said: “A lot is already happening to make Hatfield a more attractive place for shoppers, residents and retailers, and it’s great to see this programme making progress which will help to improve the neighbourhood with brand new shops and housing, including affordable homes.”

WHBC executive member for resources Councillor Duncan Bell said: “We are delighted to be working with Lovell, who we believe are the right partner to revive High View with their strong record of delivering large-scale, community-focused regeneration schemes.”

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Image: Artist’s impression of the regeneration planned for High View. Photo: courtesy of Lovell.

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