Design team picked for investment plan

Station Road in Ashington.
Station Road in Ashington.

Plans to bring new life into Ashington town centre have moved a step forward after a design team was appointed.

Arch, The Northumberland Development Company, has appointed a consortium led by GVA as design team project managers to bring forward the proposals.

The team will work on the £74m Ashington Investment Plan.

The consortium is made up of local north east-based practices Space Group, Mott MacDonald, One Associates, and Artis Consulting.

Over the next 12 months the team will commence design work on the scheme and prepare the vision for the Ashington plans to reinvigorate the town.

Arch said the ten-year Ashington Investment Plan is one of the biggest regeneration development opportunities in Northumberland and will bring more than 1,000 high-quality jobs to the heart of Ashington and transform the town centre’s physical environment.

Coun Dave Ledger, Arch chairman and deputy leader of Northumberland County Council, said: “We have selected a team which we feel will deliver an inspiring scheme which is fitting of its location and importance within Ashington town centre.

“The team has an excellent track record in developing outstanding regeneration projects.

“Together with their project partners, their experience and insight will create designs that will focus on Ashington being a catalyst for economic growth in the town centre and help support successful and sustainable business development in the area.

“Local people and stakeholders have helped shape plans to improve Ashington for people who live, work and study in the area and that will continue during this next stage of the master planning.”

Gordon Hewling, who is leading the project on behalf of GVA, added: “We are delighted to be working alongside Arch and the other members of the design team in order to deliver the Ashington Investment Plan, which will be transformational for the town.

“We aim to bring our extensive public and private sector experience to the scheme, ensuring the best commercial and technical advice is provided.”