Wheat Quarter Ltd and Hill Partnerships have entered a construction agreement for a former Shredded Wheat Factory and surrounding areas, as part of the wider Welwyn Garden City regeneration scheme.

The multi-million-pound deal will create the refurbishment of the quarter’s Grade II listed production hall, silos, and art centre. Hill are also set to deliver the new Louis de Soissons building and Bridge Community Building as part of the same deal.

Wheat Quarter project director John West said “We are delighted to have signed the construction agreement with Hill, who bring their quality, proven track record and delivery strength on board.

Having created the platform for Metropolitan to be on site today delivering affordable housing on the south site, we hope to receive planning approval for our improved scheme on the north site in the coming months and start work later this year for the final phase of this landmark site.

We have all endured a tough three years through Brexit and Covid. However, after a lot of hard work, we are excited to be back to deliver this exceptional scheme with Hill as our delivery partners, who will use their skills and expertise in town centre regeneration to make the former Shredded Wheat Factory Buildings shine once again.”

Chief executive of Hill Group Andy Hill said “We are looking forward to working with Wheat Quarter Ltd to carefully restore and refurbish the iconic listed Production Hall, Silos and Art Centre. We will utilise our exceptional skills in regeneration to ensure these landmark historic buildings and the new Louis de Soissons and Bridge Community Buildings, deliver excellent amenities for the benefit of the community, helping to revitalise and breathe new life into the centre of Welwyn Garden City.”

Walter Cooper & Co assisted with the acquisitions and disposal of land at Wheat Quarter. Working with JLL, they created the deal with Hill, with the development set to see a total of 150,000 sq. ft of commercial buildings, creating huge new job opportunities for the area.

Image source- British Listed Buildings

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