Maple Grove Developments has been selected as preferred developer for the £70m regeneration of Blackburn’s Cathedral Quarter.
The decision was made jointly by Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council and Blackburn Cathedral Developments, and supported by national regeneration agency English Partnerships.
The masterplan, developed by Maple Grove alongside international architects BDP, includes 500,000 sq ft of space which will comprise a new transport interchange, offices, apartments, retail and leisure facilities clustered around the Cathedral.
The scheme will also include gardens around the Cathedral and will create pedestrian links from the rail station to the redeveloped Mall shopping centre in the town.
Andrew Dewhurst, director of Maple Grove Developments, said: ‘This area of Blackburn has been under-utilised over recent years but it houses two of the town’s key landmarks, the Cathedral and the rail station, which give it the potential to become a thriving and attractive arrival point into Blackburn.’
Maple Grove Developments, part of the construction group Eric Wright Group, is currently working on the redevelopment of Ripon city centre in North Yorkshire.