Top firm to develop the Laindon Centre 2/10/13
2nd October 2013
Top firm to develop the Laindon Centre
PRESTIGIOUS development firm, which has invested millions of pounds into
revamping shopping centres across the country, is in line to revive the Laindon
property developer Bride Hall, who were behind the £43million revamp of the
Metro Centre Retail Park in Gateshead, have been signed up to kickstart the
talks, involving BDO – the administrators of the Laindon Regeneration Company - Basildon Council and the London-based company, a deal was
after the Echo and fed up traders called for action earlier this year to start
the much needed overhaul of the site.
Hall’s plans are expected to include a “substantial investment” to build both
homes and new shops, according to Malcolm Buckley, Basildon Council’s cabinet member for
regeneration, who said the news was “a bigstep in the right direction”.
Buckley said: “The Laindon Centre has been declining for a number of years and
will continue to do so unless investment is made to revitalise and regenerate
what was once a vibrant centre for local people.
council has always been committed to the future of the area and that is why we
have been so involved in the discussions with the administrators.
“There have been many false dawns for the Laindon Centre, but we are
confident Bride Hall will put together a viable and deliverable scheme that
will include new homes and new shops.
now be working with them to design an attractive scheme to transform Laindon
and create a centre the local community have been waiting for.”
Rohleder, development director at Bride Hall, told the Echo it was too early to
say how much cash will be invested in the site and what exactly will be built
“Bride Hall is pleased to announce we have been engaged to work on the
regeneration and revitalisation of the Laindon Shopping Centre to ensure its
long term future.
looking at a mixture of uses for the site which will include residential and
at an early stage of reviewing options and are already in discussions with Basildon
Council which has shown a strong desire to see the Laindon project brought to
fruition in a deliverable and sustainable manner.
to have further detail and comments about our plans towards the end of this
hoped a planning application will be submitted early in the new year.
Buckley added that would be considered on its merits, but said “the sooner it
happens the better”.