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Survey works to get underway at Freshney Place Shopping Centre.

8:55 am, Wednesday, 11th October 2023 - 5 months ago

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During the works the Market Hall entrance (pictured above left) will be open as normal during market opening days – Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 9am until 4pm. At those times Freshney Place can also be entered via this entrance.

Further works are due to get underway at Freshney Place Shopping Centre, as the plans to transform the western area of Grimsby Town Centre gather pace.

The work will allow specialists from appointed contractor, Morgan Sindall Construction, to carry out detailed examination surveys ahead of the major scheme starting in 2024.

Trading at both Freshney Place Shopping Centre and the Top Town Market will continue throughout, with shops and stalls remaining open as normal.

From Tuesday 17 October to Friday 10 November the shopping centre’s Flottergate entrance will be closed along with one of the indoor Top Town Market entrances on the main Flottergate mall. The other three market entrances – including the two external ones next to Devonshire House and on Victoria Street – will be open as normal on market days – Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Freshney Place is otherwise unaffected, with just some slight diversions around Flottergate. Signs will direct shoppers.

A spokesperson from Morgan Sindall, the appointed contractor, said: “This is an extremely exciting scheme, which is set to transform this western end of Freshney Place in terms of the diversity of the offer and the look and feel of the whole area. As we prepare for the main works to begin, we do need to do all the necessary groundwork and we appreciate this may cause slight disruption for both shoppers and traders. We do apologise for that, and we will endeavour to keep this to a minimum.”

Supported by a £20m LUF (Levelling Up Fund) grant award, the Freshney Place Market Hall and Leisure Scheme will create a modern and vibrant new Market Hall in the old BHS building, a new 5-screen cinema operated by Parkway Cinema, more space for eateries and leisure, and a purpose built and well-designed community space.

About Freshney Place:

Freshney Place is Lincolnshire’s largest covered shopping centre, constituting approximately 60% of Grimsby town centre’s retail offering. It has 67 occupied units covering both hugely popular high street brands, independent boutiques, several cafés as well as a dedicated soft play.

  • The shopping centre welcomes an average of 125,000 visitors each week and supports 1,700 full and part time jobs in the area. 
  • Freshney Place’s western end will undergo significant transformation in the next three years, with support from a £20m LUF Round 2 bid from Central Government, submitted by centre owners North East Lincolnshire Council and awarded in Autumn 2023. A new cinema, market hall and leisure and food venues are being developed. 
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