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Rushden Lakes phase two under way

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Main contractor Winvic has begun phase two works on the retail and leisure development at Rushden Lakes in Northamptonshire.

The steel frame for the 28m-high cinema building is currently being erected. At the same time, the western retail terrace and the leisure facility steel frames have also commenced.

LXB Retail Principal Jon McCarthy said: “Working with tenants to accommodate over 300 variations and enhancements without delaying the programme was a particularly satisfying accomplishment in the first phase, and I’m looking forward to continued liaison with the 20 plus occupiers that will have new premises in Northamptonshire in less than a year’s time.”

The LXB Retail Properties scheme funded by The Crown Estate is the first example of an innovative design that reimagines the retail experience; the varied leisure facilities are said to offer a more memorable experience.

Winvic Construction completed Rushden Lakes phase one in July 2017 (NSC Nov/Dec 2016). Phase two will be completed by January 2019, and boasts a 14-screen cinema and four other leisure units, between 10 and 13 restaurants, 5 spaces for retailers and additional car parking.

Caunton Engineering, which was the steelwork contractor for phase one works, is fabricating, supplying and erecting 2,500t of steel for this latest phase.

Winvic Construction Project Manager Richard Black said: “When steelwork is going up and buildings become more than drawings, it is an exciting stage for any project. However, Rushden Lakes is a landmark development in the UK for its size and modern take on how people will interact in a retail and leisure space. Therefore, we are thrilled to have been contracted by LXB to drive this second phase for them and The Crown Estate, following the success of the first phase.”

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