UK-based construction firm Mace has submitted a planning application for a £350m ($457.5m) scheme to regenerate Stevenage Town Centre in England, UK.

The proposed project, covering 14.5 acres, is aimed at transforming a portion of the town centre, along with new developments across the town that are already in progress at the north end of Queensway and on the Town Square.

Dubbed SG1, the planning application proposal will provide over 1,800 new homes, 3,500m² of retail and commercial floor space, a new public square and a new park, along with a Public Services Hub and a new primary school.

Mace director Kevin Cowin said: “This is an ambitious and carefully crafted proposal that expresses our confidence in Stevenage town centre.

“We aim to revitalise the town centre by introducing new homes, vibrant activities, community facilities and inviting public spaces.

“Our vision is to deliver a thriving, successful and attractive heart to Stevenage which will serve the needs of local people and businesses for decades to come.”

The application provides an outline proposal for the 14.5-acre master plan which is divided into 10 development plots. It also includes a detailed application for the first two plots in the first phase which comprises place for Swingate South car park and Swingate house, along with the former police building on Southgate.

The initial phase proposes 760 new homes in the town centre and the future phases are expected to add new retail and commercial floor space in addition to further new homes.

The centre of the master plan will face onto the Town Square which will be a new Public Services Hub for the people of the city.

The Hub is expected to be the central point for many public services which include NHS health facilities, a new public library, the voluntary sector and Council services.

Furthermore, the construction firm is also managing the delivery of improvements to the current historic Town Square, which is on-site at the moment with Ashe Construction.


Rendering of a building facing onto the new Town Square. Credit: Mace Group.