The prospective developers are Queensberry Real Estate, Lend Lease and Aspire Development Management. These companies will now proceed to detailed discussions with the council on their proposals with the aim of selecting a preferred partner by early 2016.
Councillor Leigh Bramall, the council’s deputy leader and cabinet member for business, skills and development said: “The bidders have extensive experience in exciting, major developments in this country and internationally. We’re right on track to start work on site next year, with the majority of shops opening in 2019.”
An outline planning application for the development was submitted last month, which will see the area between Barkers Pool, Pinstone Street and Charter Square redeveloped with new shops, offices, restaurants and flats.