A £4 million state-of-the-art business hub being built in Worksop town centre is set to be completed by autumn next year.
The Middletons Project – located at the top of Bridge Street – will provide managed office space with a potential for 34 rentable offices over three floors.
It will also include two dedicated meeting rooms and break-out areas to encourage networking between businesses – as well as on-site catering.
Bassetlaw District Council – who bought the dilapidated Middletons buildings in 2015 – hope the transformed area will create employment opportunities – offering new start-ups and small businesses a place to ‘grow and thrive’.
And it is also envisaged Middletons will bring increased footfall to the town centre, supporting existing retail businesses.
The building has been designed to offer flexible spaces with the potential to offer bespoke lay-out requests from prospective tenants who sign-up to the project at an early stage.
Councillor Jo White, member for regeneration at Bassetlaw District Council, said Middletons would be ‘a launch pad’ for a new generation of businesses as well as a place where established companies could grow and prosper.
She said: “As a council we need to intervene in the town centre and start to turn around its fortunes.
“By creating this exciting and multi-purpose office space on the high street it will contribute to the number of people that use our town centre for work and shopping.
“This flagship project is part of our wider regeneration plans to drive investment into our high street and make our town centres a more attractive place to visit, work and live.
“A healthy high street needs to be a sustainable mix of businesses and retail that will cater for the needs of residents, businesses and visitors alike.”
Labour leadership candidate Lisa Nandy during a tour of the development earlier this year
Funding worth £1.8 million has been provided for Middletons by D2N2 and Midlands Engine – along with match-funding from Bassetlaw District Council and grant funding from National Lottery Heritage Fund.
Sajeeda Rose, Chief Executive of D2N2, said: “As we look towards the economic recovery from coronavirus we at D2N2 are delighted to see the Middletons project continue to progress – ready to deliver new jobs to the Worksop area.”
Joe Player, Director at Player Roberts Bell Architects, said the project was a mixture of ‘conserving the old and designing the new, with a highly contextual and contemporary design’.
He said: “The whole team has worked tirelessly to optimise the buildings to help generate employment opportunities – as well as reinstating historic links to improve town centre connectivity.”
As well as the office space the council’s economic development team will provide occupants with a wrap-around business support service that will include access to start-up enterprise grants, pre-start up advice and training, links to supply chains and skills and recruitment support.
Demolition work at the site began in February 2020 until the project was halted by coronavirus lockdown.
However building work on the final phase is expected to commence in the coming weeks – with a proposed completion date in autumn 2021.