Regeneration plans in the bag for shopping centre as £1.2m regeneration gets underway

Work is set to start today on a £1.2m, two-phased regeneration programme for The Cornbow shopping centre in Halesowen.

Phase one of the improvement works involves the removal of the existing canopies from the façade of the shopping centre, located on Hagley Street and Queensway Mall.

The towers to the Hagley Street elevation will be replaced with a new entrance canopy, providing visitors with a more modern and open entrance area.

Phase one works are due to be completed in the autumn.

Adrian Oliver, owner of Cornbow Shopping Centre, says: “The existing canopies and structural beams around the centre are outdated and in need of modernising. These improvements will make the entrance area and shop fronts clearer and lighter for pedestrians.

“Cornbow’s existing 45 outlets – including New Look, Peacocks, Clarks, Greggs and Druckers – will remain open throughout the improvements. It’s business as usual at The Cornbow. All works will be done out of normal trading hours, in the evening, to ensure any disruption to local businesses and the general public will be minimal.”

Active Construction, based Coventry, will carry out the works and CRBE, based in Birmingham on Temple Row, has been appointed as project managers to oversee the design and planning for the improvements.

Paul Roberts, construction director at Active Construction, says: “We are delighted to be working with The Cornbow to see through these vital improvement works at the Halesowen shopping centre.

“Restoring and regenerating the shopping centre will not only support the existing tenants but it will help attract more customers as well as encouraging further retail and leisure investment at the centre.”

Phase two of the works will start early 2018. The second phase of the redevelopment is still in planning stages and will involve interior improvements to centre lighting, flooring, heating and ceilings.

In 2008, The Cornbow was at the centre of a £30m, redevelopment project to a new ASDA store and 600-space car park in Halesowen.