West Point, the site of the former St. Thomas flats in St.Helens town centre is to be developed with proposals fora big new Aldi, bowling alley, café and restaurants.
The development is expected to provide up to 280 full time jobs,230 car parking spaces and a new puffin crossing in close proximityto the Linkway West roundabout.
Orbit Developments, part of The Emerson Group, has entered intoa Development Agreement with St Helens Council to redevelop thesite which will significantly enhance the retail and leisure offerin St Helens.
Council Leader Barrie Grunewald said: “The schemerepresents a positive step forward after many false dawns on thissite, this development will now become a reality with qualityinvestment in the town on a site that has been left derelict for avery significant period of time. The proposed bowling alley, cafeand restaurants supplement existing uses in the locality and inparticular compliment the cinema on the opposite side of LinkwayWest.”
Councillor Grunewald added “Orbit Developments, in conjunctionwith the Council have worked hard to bring this development to lifeand I am delighted that work will commence on the site inFebruary.”
Paul Hubball, Senior Development Manager for Orbit Developmentscommented: ‘It has been a pleasure working with such a proactiveand forward thinking council where private sector investment iswelcomed as a key driver for redevelopment. This scheme has stalledon a number of occasions but with a patient and realistic approachwe have now made a significant step forward in making the deliveryof the project a reality.”
Orbit have entered into an Agreement for Lease with Aldi for thefood store element of the scheme and are in detailed discussionswith a Bowling Operator.
Left to right: Paul Hubball, Senior DevelopmentManager for Orbit Developments and St Helen’s Council Leader BarrieGrunewald.
Source: St Helen’s Council