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R Regeneration egeneration plans plans I was recently invited to attend a groundbreaking ceremony in the Kings Quarter area of the city. The location was at the back of Market Parade and the development is a new retail outlet and 19 apartments. These are expected to be finished and ready for occupation by next summer. Behind those buildings, the area around Spreadeagle Road is being made available to a registered housing provider to build 25 affordable homes, giving a total of 44 new homes in that small part of the city centre. The transfer of Tesco’s operation in Grosvenor House into the new retail outlet will make it possible to demolish Grosvenor House, clearing the way for the next part of the Kings Quarter Development – the Forum itself, which will deliver offices employing over 1,000 workers. This next step will commence in summer of 2022 and complete in the first part of 2024. Also ongoing in that area at the moment is the construction work in the new Kings Square. People who are passing will see the new sculptural edging, much of which has now been installed. Although Covid delays are impacting timings because of construction material shortages, it is still expected that the entire renewed and revitalised square, with its amazing fountain and decorative lighting, will be ready later this year and we are hoping to have the city’s Christmas tree displayed in time for Christmas.

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