Work is well on track to provide Northwich residents with a new supermarket in time for their Christmas shopping.
Hayhurst Quay, will soon be home to Waitrose, a 40-berth marina, and a seating area overlooking the river.
A complex of 58 McCarthy and Stone extra care apartments neighbouring Waitrose will follow at the development.
Jeremy Harrison, development manager for the Canal and River Trust, said: “I’m very pleased with progress.
“Waitrose will be given access for their fit-out from October 14 and we’re aiming for completion on November 24 with the store set to open on 3rd December 2013.
“Hayhurst Quay is hugely positive, both for the Canal and River Trust waterways and for the town.
“We’re enabling public access to the river, which wasn’t there before.
“Visitors can look forward to a quality public realm overlooking an animated water space with access to the marina and somewhere very close where you can grab a sandwich and enjoy the view.”
The £19.5million scheme has been put forward by H2O, a joint venture between the Canal and River Trust and private developer bloc.
Construction of the site, formerly home to the Regal Cinema, Northwich Marina, the Floatel and shoppers’ car parks, is being carried out by Russells Construction.
A team of 25 are on site from 7.30am to 5pm each weekday working on the Waitrose building and the riverside public realm, which will make a feature out of the side-slipway that was used to launch boats into the River Weaver.
Neil Alliston, site manager, said: “I’m really looking forward to seeing the marina complete.
“I’ve done hundreds of buildings and they’re all of a muchness but I haven’t done a marina development before.”
Russells has employed three people referred for Northwich’s Job Centre across the road from the site, and were also planning to run a course for construction workers whose ticket to operate forklift trucks had expired.
Taken from the Northwich Guardian – 12th June 2013