GMI completes new £35m retail park

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GMI Construction Group has completed building a new £35m retail park which will create 250 jobs in full operation.

GMI has officially handed over St James Retail Park in Norton, South Sheffield to St James Securities and NFU Mutual who have already pre-let all of the 146,000 sq ft scheme ahead of opening.

Occupiers include Next, M&S Foodhall, Aldi, TK Maxx, Superdrug, Homesense, Wilko, Pets at Home, Mountain Warehouse, Shoezone, Card Factory, Specsavers, Greggs and Costa.

GMI Construction created 124 jobs on the scheme during the 56 weeks construction period.

Work involved demolishing the former Norton College building and building new infrastructure for more controlled access to the site.

Andy Bruce, managing director of GMI Construction Group, said: “We are delighted to complete this project working closely with St James Securities and delivery partners Whittam Cox Architects and Rex Procter & Partners. We completed the project exactly to schedule despite the challenges of working in a live environment, close to a main road, leisure centre and school, where pedestrian and traffic management were critical.”

The retail park, which will be home to 250 full time jobs, is due to open in July.