18 APRIL 2013 : British Land refreshes development team for Canal Corridor North and starts engagement with the public and key stakeholders
The development team of professional consultants that British Land has appointed to work on the regeneration of the Canal Corridor North site in Lancaster city centre includes new architects, planners and building specialists.
Having previously appointed city centre regeneration specialist, Centros, to manage the development through the planning and construction processes, the project’s investor and developer, British Land, has now appointed an architectural team consisting of retail masterplanners and architects, Chapman Taylor, and historic building specialists, Richard Griffiths Architects.
British Land aims to bring the development forward through working in partnership with Lancaster City Council and in close liaison with English Heritage, other key stakeholders and the local community. To begin its engagement with the local community, British Land will be posting an introductory leaflet to every home and business in the Lancaster City Council area next week. A project website – www.canalcorridor.info – has also been established and the aim is to make this a constant source of up-to-date information on the scheme as it evolves over the coming months.
The developer will be seeking everyone’s suggestions and comments about the proposed development and the website features an online feedback form for people to submit their views. An email address – email@example.com – has also been provided and for those who prefer to submit their comments by post or do not have internet access, a Freepost address ‘FREEPOST CANAL CORRIDOR’ has also been set up.
To begin to meet and get to know local people, British Land will be holding a ‘Community Day’ on Tuesday 14th May – when people will be able to meet members of the British Land team and discuss ideas for the development in a mobile exhibition trailer to be parked in Lancaster’s Market Square.
Richard Wise of British Land said: “Our aim is to deliver a scheme that complements the site’s historic setting and we look forward to creating a retail and leisure destination to serve local people and attract significant numbers of visitors to the city.”
The British Land development team has already started to engage with both English Heritage and key local stakeholders such as the two theatres. A comprehensive engagement programme to consult the public and local interest groups will follow over the coming months, and the feedback received will be used to help inform the development of the scheme.
It is anticipated that conceptual ideas for the development will be ready before the end of the summer and, depending upon how soon planning permission can be secured, construction could start as early as 2015 and the development completed in 2017.
The new British Land development team includes: