WORK will start next month on the latest phase of the £50m north Sheffield development which will be home to 900 jobs in the region.
The latest work in the Fox Valley scheme will deliver the third retail block, housing a new 20,000 sq ft Aldi foodstore which will be the largest in the region and will anchor the development when it opens next spring.
The latest £12m phase of work at Fox Valley will cover 62,500 sq ft, and will start in mid-September. It is scheduled for completion next May, ready for the official opening of the new scheme.
Fox Valley developers, Dransfield Properties Ltd, is working with NHS England and the Valley Medical Centre to deliver a new 11,840 sq ft health centre, which is due to open later in 2016.
A coffee shop, pharmacy and two further retail units will also form part of the striking building which will complete the horseshoe style retail development, designed around a new 600 space car park.
South Yorkshire firm Henry Boot Construction, which is currently on schedule with the earlier phase of works at Fox Valley, has been awarded the contract to deliver this next part of the project.
When it opens the Fox Valley development will have two access points – from the Manchester Road in Stocksbridge as well as a new link road from the busy A616 Sheffield to Manchester Road.
The latest phase of the development has been designed to complement the other main retail blocks and to reflect the rich industrial heritage of the former steelworks site.
A Tesco store was previously planned for this part of the 28-acre site, and Dransfield Properties has now purchased the land from Tesco to deliver the new retail line-up for this part of the development.
Simon Carr, managing director of Henry Boot Construction, said the company was delighted to be working on the next phase of work at Fox Valley.
The company has been working on the project for the last 18 months, with the first phase to build a new warehouse for Tata Speciality Steel completed last year, and is currently completing the mixed use office and retail section.
Managing director of Dransfield Properties, Mark Dransfield, said: “It is great news that we can now announce a start on site on the third block of the main retail site.
“This means that the main construction work on the whole of the Fox Valley development can be delivered in time for opening next May.
“We are pleased to be working with another local family firm, Henry Boot Construction, on this latest phase of work.
“We have been extremely impressed with the standard of work on the earlier phases of the project and we look forward to celebrating this latest milestone on site.”
The Fox Valley development will create up to 900 new jobs and is delivering a new 136,000 sq ft town centre in north Sheffield as well as new high-specification office space.
September will also mark the release of the first phase of offices at Fox Valley. Fox House, Maria House and Samuel House are currently being marketed and an open day is being held on September 17.
As well as the new office and retail development at Fox Valley, a new housing development with 114 executive-style homes is also being developed on a neighbouring site.
The site of the Fox Valley development was once part of a large steelworks complex.
The names of the new roads and buildings and even the planned artwork for the completed scheme have been designed to reflect the area’s rich industrial heritage.