Contractor chosen to bring forward next stage of regeneration project

Contractor Thomas Bow has been chosen to carry forward the next phase of the regeneration of Chesterfield town centre.

The multi-million-pound project includes a range of improvement works to transform the look of the town’s key public places.

New Square

Improvements will be made to Market Square, creating a new market layout with new stalls and improvements to paving, seating and lighting.

Work will then start on New Square, where works will be carried out to create a flexible space to support both traditional and speciality markets and a wider range of uses.

The final phase will involve improvement works to Rykneld Square.

John Allen, construction director from Thomas Bow, said: “We are delighted to secure this important scheme with Chesterfield Borough Council. As a local contractor with significant experience in successful public realm delivery across the midlands, our teams are very much looking forward to embarking on this project in the coming months.”

Rykneld Square

Separately, G F Tomlinson will carry out improvements to Corporation Street to create a new gateway to the refurbished Stephenson Memorial Hall.

A council spokesperson said: “Unfortunately, we have had to take the difficult decision to cancel the Medieval Market this year, as key areas of the main market square will be undergoing improvement works. However, there are many more great family-friendly events taking place across the summer period and, in the longer term, the improvement works will create more space and flexibility for a range of town centre events and celebrations.

“We’ll also be launching a new public art project. It will include an artist in residency, art trails and an exhibition in the town centre, with the aim of encouraging people to visit and support local businesses whilst the regeneration project proceeds.”