- Project: Marks and Spencer
- Client: Jomast Developments
- Construction Value: £2.75m
- Status: Complete
- Location: Northallerton
- Awards: Brick Awards - Commended
Healing a historic town centre.
Northallerton is a typical North Yorkshire market town with a strong urban grain and identity. The site for our project was originally a hospital which occupied several Listed buildings and a generous rear garden in which patients could recuperate. Over time, the hospital was extended with a range of poor quality and unsympathetic additions which eroded the historic grain and feel of the existing site, and ultimately led to the hospital moving. The empty grounds were subsequently used as a car park which contributed little to the character, identity or economy of the town.
We worked to restore this important, yet fragmented part of the town centre on behalf of our client Jomast Developments as a site for a new Marks and Spencer food store and restaurant, adding greater choice to local residents. Our design took into account the existing character, reflected the line of the historic buildings and reinstated the street frontage of the former hospital.
The new, mixed-use scheme includes a 10,000 sq ft food store for Marks and Spencer and a new bar and restaurant plus car parking and public realm improvements. The retail element is designed to meet the latest performance and operational needs of Marks and Spencer but in a building that blends the best of the old character and materials with contemporary form and detailing. Our brick-work detailing for this project was commended in the 2017 brick awards.
"“The new M&S store is a welcome addition for Northallerton town centre and will significantly improve retail provision in the area. It will also create new employment opportunities for the local community and secure M&S’s long-term future in the town.”"
Adam Hearld - Development Director, Jomast Devlopments