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Gainsborough hotel unanimously minded to approve by Councillors

The plans for a new £3 million hotel in the centre of Gainsborough were unanimously approved by members of West Lindsey District Council’s Planning Committee, praising the high quality of the design in August this year but the decision was referred to the Department for Communities and Local Government for final approval.

The DCLG has now confirmed that the decision can be determined locally – effectively upholding the councillors’ unanimous approval and giving the go-ahead for the plans.
The development will transform the former Sun Inn site adjacent the successful Marshall’s Yard with a delicately designed Edwardian style hotel incorporating 51 bedrooms.

The design was carefully considered and revised so to ensure it complimented its surrounding area on this prominent town centre site. Councilors unanimously agreed that the new building was of an extremely high standard and would enhance the area.

Amanda Holmes, Head of Communications at Dransfield Properties said: “Members carefully weighed up the merits of the existing building and the wider benefits to the local economy of the new hotel and a redevelopment of the site. This is a key site in Gainsborough and we have worked with our architects to deliver a well-designed and attractive building which will really enhance this part of the town.”

New Gym, Lime Square Openshaw

Dixon Dawson Charted Architects were commissioned by Openshaw Regeneration Limited to undertake the final phase of this impressive regeneration development by completing the remaining retail units and providing a Gym fronting the junction of Ashton Old Road and Fairfield Road.

 The 30,000 sqft development consists of a number of retail units facing Ashton Old Road culminating in a striking 2 storey Gym building presenting itself to the junction with Fairfield Road.

Council planners unanimously back new scheme for east Hull

New plans to deliver an attractive retail development on a run-down site in east Hull have been unanimously approved by Hull City Council’s planning committee.

Dixon Dawson Charted Architects have developed the new proposals on behalf of Mount Pleasant Regeneration Limited for this key location at the corner of Mount Pleasant and Holderness Road and have produced a carefully designed scheme so to fit in with the existing street scene and link with the wider district centre.

In early April 2014 the planning committee unanimously backed the plans for four new retail units and a 90 space car park and welcomed the investment in this part of the city.

Two existing retail units which are currently empty, fronting Holderness Road will also be re-furbished and brought back into use as part of the overall project. 

The proposals will deliver:

• A new 25,000 sq. ft. store
• Further retail units of 2,000sqft, 1,500sqft and 1,000sqft
• District centre car park with approx. 90 spaces

Gavin Ward, Partner of Dixon Dawson Architects said, “This was a challenging scheme to design as it needed to respond to the adjacent developments of the area as well as provide a statement and focal point for the start of the Holderness Road District Centre”

The scheme is due to commence on site in Winter 2014.

Work underway on new Tata warehouse to make way for Fox Valley development

Work has started on the brand new Tata Steel warehouse which is being delivered as part of the £42 million Fox Valley development in Stocksbridge by Stocksbridge Regeneration Company Limited.

The mixed use scheme as redesigned by Dixon Dawson Charted Architects is being developed on the former steel works land off Manchester Road in Stocksbridge – part of the site is currently in use as a steel stockyard by Tata Steel.

The first phase of work for the contractors Henry Boot is to build a brand new steel warehouse to relocate the stockyard and free up the land for the Fox Valley development, enabling work to start on the main part of the site later this year.

Once the new warehouse has been completed later this year, Henry Boot Construction can then move onto the main retail and leisure site to start work on creating a new commercial heart in this part of north Sheffield which will bring up to 900 new jobs to the area.

Partner of Dixon Dawson Charted Architects Guy Dawson said, “This is a fantastic and exciting development to be associated with. The developer, main contractor and architect are all local to the area which makes things even more special. We look forwards to delivering a unique and thriving development for our client”

The development, due to be completed early in 2016, will deliver;
• A new link road to the A616 Sheffield to Manchester Road 
• New high spec office space  
• A new 635 space car park 
• Retail, restaurant and café units anchored by a 63,000 sq. ft. Tesco store
• High quality public realm area and landscaping as well as strong pedestrian links with Manchester Road 
• A new housing development neighbouring the main retail and commercial development

New McDonalds opens at Lime Square, Openshaw

Dixon Dawson Charted Architects were commissioned by Openshaw Regeneration Limited to undertake phase 3 of the Lime Square development and so help design the new McDonalds concept. 

This striking 2 storey building stands majestically on a corner plot just off Ashton Old Road so to provide a natural active frontage to the site as well as welcoming customers to the Lime Square development.

The unit has been designed to achieve a high standard of energy efficiency by providing LED lighting and all cooking oil will be recycled into bio-diesel. Plastics and cardboard will also be collected from site and recycled