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What about the god dam bloody Grosvenor Centre.

I have not been to Northampton for a while how is the so called refurbishment of the Grosvenor Centre coming along.

Are the toilets open again yet.
If I say that I rarely shop there, I guess that would be a general indictment of the situation. Last I saw, the toilets were closed and I haven't noticed any works anywhere else, which you'd think is cutting it fine if they plan to replace all the flooring etc by Autumn.

Surely a decision on Rushden Lakes has to be made eventually, too.
 

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The news today is that Northampton BC has terminated its agreement with Legal and General and is working on an alternative retail/leisure scheme for the Greyfriars area.

Also planning has been granted for Chiquito and Coast to Coast at the old Red Hot unit in Six Fields. No fan of the former, but the latter is pretty good judging by its Leicester branch.
 

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The news today is that Northampton BC has terminated its agreement with Legal and General and is working on an alternative retail/leisure scheme for the Greyfriars area.

Also planning has been granted for Chiquito and Coast to Coast at the old Red Hot unit in Six Fields. No fan of the former, but the latter is pretty good judging by its Leicester branch.
Regarding the alternative scheme for the Greyfriars site I have read something that says that work might/will begin in Autum 2015.

It also says that work to refurbish the Grosvenor Centre is well underway is that true.
 

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Regarding the alternative scheme for the Greyfriars site I have read something that says that work might/will begin in Autum 2015.

It also says that work to refurbish the Grosvenor Centre is well underway is that true.
Last time I was at the Grosvenor centre, most of the ceiling had been removed ready for replacing, the toilets have been closed for some time and boardings have gone up advertising the imminent arrival of Next. Boots has also just announced that it's carrying out a full refit of its store (which is a large one by local standards).
 

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Two photos of the new rail station whilst passing on a vintage bus on Saturday:




And demolition is now underway on the brown brick building you walk past going from the station towards Gold Street:



Curious to know if the council actually have any plans to put anything on that site!
 

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I believe that the brown brick building site will be used as part of the new entrance into town with nods to Northampton's heritage etc.. Nothing in detail as of yet.

A few other updates:

Northampton Station's opening has been delayed from the 6th October by a month due to unforeseen contractual problems surrounding the power supply. Network Rail posters have gone up saying something along the lines of "Network Rail is working hard to open your new station as soon as possible". Otherwise it's looking great, especially when it's lit up at night.

In related news, Northampton will see some improvements to its rail service from the December timetable including Mon-Fri 2 new non-stop services to Euston at 7.16 and 7.42 and the 17.13, 18.13 from Euston stopping only at MK Central before continuing non-stop to Northampton amongst other changes.

University of Northampton's 'innovation centre' had a topping out ceremony a few weeks ago and is well on its way. The University has also secured loans via the council for its planned new town centre campus.

Work has started on 'enhancing' Guildhall Road to create space for al fresco dining.

And rather amusingly, Weston Favell Shopping Centre has just announced its own revamp, which at this rate may well finish before the Grosvenor! http://www.northampton-news-hp.co.uk/PICTURES-Weston-Favell-Shopping-Centre-unveils/story-23004854-detail/story.html
 

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The Greyfriars Bus Station in Northampton is to be demolished. The Northampton Chronicle reports:

A ‘controlled, initiated collapse’ will see the building once dubbed the ‘mouth of hell’ reduced to rubble in about 10 seconds, it has been revealed.
After months of painstaking work to strip the interior of the asbestos-laden Greyfriars bus station, the outer frame of the town centre building is now set to come down in one go.
The company in charge of the demolition, DSM Ltd, said that bringing the 1974 building down ‘brick-by-brick’ as originally intended, would be too costly and time consuming.
Instead, a ‘controlled initiated collapse’ will take place on a day before the end of March, the firm has revealed. The process will bring down the building within its own footprint in a matter of seconds.
Making the announcement, the leader of the council, Councillor David Mackintosh (Con, Rectory Farm) said: “I am very pleased that this method of demolition– a controlled initiated collapse – means that Greyfriars can be brought down very quickly and that the [surrounding] area can be cleaned up and re-opened all on the same day, so that life can get back to normal in the town as quickly as possible.”
Letters are due to go out to businesses and nearby residents informing them of the plans. The actual site clean-up afterwards was likely to take “several weeks”, he added.
Contracts manager for DSM, Billy Young, who is leading the demolition project, said the chosen method was the most cost-effective way of bringing the reinforced concrete structure down.
DSM took over the contract in August and Mr Young added that the site was now clear of asbestos.
The overall cost of the scheme has now increased from the projected £4m to £5m.
Councillor Mackintosh said the cost was justified as the former bus station was “an obsolete, unsafe building” that was blocking the regeneration of a key site in Northampton.
“The costs have increased as the time of the demolition has lengthened and the asbestos was found,” he said. “What we are clear about is that the benefits for the town will be the release of that site. The extra money is justified in order to do this.”
Contracts manager for DSM, Billy Young, said the firm explored taking the building down ‘brick-by-brick’ and also considered the use of ‘ultra high reach’ machinery to dismantle it in stages from the outside. But he said two ‘lateral beams’ discovered during the interior demolition of the site changed its approach. The supporting beams could well have collapsed the rest of the building if removed, meaning a ‘controlled collapse’ was the only viable option. The contracts manager, who has more than 30 years’ experience, said Greyfriars would be by no means his toughest task. He said: “I’ve brought down solid steel buildings so a bit of re-enforced concrete isn’t going to worry me.”
 

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Northampton Station's opening has been delayed from the 6th October by a month due to unforeseen contractual problems surrounding the power supply.

Guess what this has been delayed again. The issue has still not been sorted out. They are now saying that it will open at the end of November. This is not good news for Northampton at all. :eek:hno:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-northamptonshire-29936887
 

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Announced yesterday that the train station will open no later than 12 January.

Pumpkin Cafe and the small one by the entrance are to be no more. They will be replaced by Starbucks and Cafe Republic (although I suspect the Press Release has gotten it wrong and it should be 'Coffee Republic').

WH Smith and Enterprise Car Rental also moving in.

It will come as a relief to know that the lower bridge and lifts will be opening this coming Monday (15).

Grosvenor Centre refurb is coming along well. The new flooring looks and feels a lot more expensive whilst the ceilings are being replaced with 'panels' of a description. Primark will be opening next Thursday and will no doubt increase foot fall. It's no House of Fraiser but then I always found the Northampton branch of HoF underwhelming. Haven't heard anything about Ed's American Diner lately but I'm assuming that it's still on course to open in January in the old Disney shop. Boots have just completed a refurbishment which has increased the number of beauty concessions in the store and expanded product range in general.

University of Northampton's massive £300 million project to build a town centre campus has now been backed by the treasury. I think this will be crucial to the town's development going forward.
 

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^^^^

I gather that is the Gosvenor Centre. It was deperate for a refurb but the wider town centre is far more desparate to see it all redeveloped. That is after all why the old bus station was demolished.

The fundamental problem with the Grosvenor Centre is that it, with Greyfriars and Lady's Lane forms a massive wall that separates the northen part of the town centre from the rest of it.

Unless the Grosvenor is redeveloped, nobody is going to redevelop on the old Bus Station site because it is so removed from everything else.

And another thing - with the contemprary refurb who has decided to keep those stupid heritage benches in the malls - could they be replaced?
 
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