Work will start next week on the regeneration of Prentice Place in Potter Street.
Harlow Council has appointed Vinci Facilities to oversee the £3m project which will start on Monday 8 January 2017.
The works will transform the small neighbourhood shopping centre with:
- New pitched roofs on all residential blocks.
- New windows throughout.
- Complete refurbishment of the inside and outside of 15 homes which will include Council housing.
- Creating a new car parking area.
- Transforming the public spaces at the front and back of the centre.
- New ramps and entrance doors to all shops.
- New storage facilities at the rear of shops to tidy up the area.
At the back of the centre existing garages will be removed along with unused bin stores to open up walkways through the new development. This will give a sense of openness and safety for residents, retailers and customers. Harlow College design students have also been coming up with ideas for new artwork that can brighten up the back of the centre.
The scheme has been registered with Secure By Design which sets standards for how developments can be secure and design out crime. It is hoped that the scheme will achieve a gold award and to help with this all new lighting will be LED to allow for CCTV to easily pick up clear pictures.
Councillor Tony Durcan, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration & Enterprise, said: “The work will not only transform a neighbourhood area that has been part of Harlow since the mid-50s but also make it a safer and pleasant place for people to live, shop and visit. I know for local residents and retailers this project has taken far too long, but the new year heralds a new start for Prentice Place. The neighbourhood centre will be part of Harlow’s future for years to come.
“During the work there will be some disruption to retailers and shoppers and we promise to work with them and do what we can to keep this disruption to a minimum.”