First plots under offer at landmark mixed-use development

3D views of how the roundhouse could look
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The first plots of land are under offer at a major new mixed-use industrial development which forms part of a £1bn plan to transform a Midlands town.

Partners involved in the Station Island development at Wellingborough say offers have been submitted for affordable homes on two separate plots amid “significant” interest in the “once-in-a-generation” project.

And they have unveiled artist’s impressions of how one of the town’s most historic buildings could be given a new life under the plans.

The scheme is part of the Stanton Cross development which will create more than 3,000 new jobs, open up over 1.5m sq ft of commercial space and see the building of 3,650 new homes and community facilities.

Michelle Mills, partner in Coventry-based Bromwich Hardy which is marketing Station Island jointly with Drake Commercial for Stanton Cross Developments, said interest in the project had been exceptional.

“We are delighted to have the first two parcels of land under offer and especially pleased with the high levels of interest we have received in what will be a transformative project.

“As well as the development opportunities on offer, the scheme also includes a new access and parking facilities for the town’s railway station, whilst outline planning permission has already been obtained for a wide variety of commercial and residential uses.

“We are particularly excited about the prospective plans to convert The Wellingborough Roundhouse, a former engine workshop, into a fantastic office, residential or leisure facility which will both preserve the building and take it into another era of use.”

Nicholas Roberts, of Drake Commercial, said the plans for the roundhouse illustrated the quality and attention to detail associated with the whole scheme.

“These plans will not only give the renovated roundhouse real wow factor – whilst being entirely sympathetic to the building itself – but they will create a vibrant station commercial hub and range of commercial and development opportunities.

“This is a landmark scheme which will establish Stanton Cross as a key location for many years to come.”

Lee Barrett, divisional operations director for Vistry Group and a representative of Stanton Cross Developments, promoters of the Stanton Cross project, said: “We are not only thrilled to have the first two plots under offer at Station Island, we are also delighted that plans are evolving to secure the future of The Wellingborough Roundhouse and to give this landmark building a new lease of life through its sympathetic renovation.”