Wheat Quarter and Hill Partnerships have signed a construction contract to supply the former Shredded Wheat Factory buildings and public areas in the exciting Welwyn Garden City renovation program.
The multi-million pound deal will involve the sensitive renovation of the Grade I listed production hall, Grade I listed silos and arts center of Wheat Quarter. Hill will also deliver the new Louis de Soissons Building and Bridge Community Building as part of a comprehensive single package. Welwyn Garden City is a town in Hertfordshire, about 20 miles from London.
John West, Wheat Quarter Project Leader, said, “We are delighted to have signed the construction agreement with Hill who bring their quality, proven track record and delivery strength on board. After we created the platform for Metropolitan to provide affordable living space on site today on the south site, we hope to receive the building permit for our improved project on the north site in the coming months and with the work for the final phase later this year to begin this landmark side? ˅.
“We have all three tough years through Brexit and Covid behind us. After a lot of hard work, however, we are pleased to be realizing this extraordinary project again with Hill as our delivery partner, who will use their skills and expertise to renovate the city center to make the former Shredded Wheat Factory Buildings shine again. “
Andy Hill, Chief Executive at Hill, looks forward to working with Wheat Quarter on the meticulous restoration and renovation of the iconic Grade II listed production hall, silos and arts center, and will use his “exceptional skills” in the renovation to make these Grade I listed historic buildings and the new Louis de Soissons and Bridge Community Buildings provide great amenities for the community and help revitalize and breathe new life into downtown Welwyn Garden City.
Walter Cooper & Co assisted a number of property developers with the acquisition and sale of properties in the Wheat Quarter. Working with JLL, Walter Cooper signed a contract with Hill that includes the construction of 150,000 square feet of commercial buildings and hundreds of new jobs in the city creating. The Hertfordshire Mercury reports that the site could house 1,200 homes.
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