Walsall Council in the UK has selected Morgan Sindall to carry out first phase of a regeneration project, which includes the transformation of Walsall Town Centre.
The redevelopment of part of the Old Square shopping centre is being led by Walsall Council after the authority agreed to provide about £8m to start the project, back in April 2013.
Under the deal, Morgan Sindall will construct a new 54,000ft² development that will house UK fashion retailer Primark and the mid-counties Co-Operative supermarket.
The new building will replace part of the Old Square shopping centre’s former Tesco building and surrounding units.
Morgan Sindall said the project will provide a boost to the local economy, with subcontractors and companies drawn from across the local area working on the development. It is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2015.
Walsall Council Coalition portfolio holder for regeneration and transport Adrian Andrew said: "This new development will breathe further life into the town centre and this investment shows we’re looking for a long-term revival of the town."
Morgan Sindall area director Richard Fielding said: "The development will have a very positive impact on people in the local community, giving the economy a boost through the creation of jobs for local subcontractors and also providing the people of Walsall with a first-class retail facility."
Walsall Town Centre will house retailers like Debenhams and Marks & Spencer, as well as independent stores, three indoor shopping centres and an 800-year-old market.
Image: Artist’s impression of the redevelopment at Walsall’s Old Square shopping centre. Photo: courtesy of Morgan Sindall.