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Newark’s historic Buttermarket’s redevelopment sees focus move up a floor

Plans for the second phase of Newark’s historic Buttermarket’s redevelopment are under way.

All the units on the first floor of the centre are now occupied.

The scheme for phase two covers the upper floor of the centre, off Middlegate.

Buttermarket, Newark. (7946255)
Buttermarket, Newark. (7946255)

It was outlined at a meeting of Newark and Sherwood District Council’s economic development committee.

It will see the first floor stripped out to enable access work, as well as work on the main atrium.

Any use for the first floor will not have an impact on these works, but once a use is defined and agreed then the appropriate fit out works will be commissioned.

Matt Lamb, director of growth and regeneration, said the purpose of the report, which was discussed behind closed doors as an exempt item, addressed how to retain existing tenants and how the council planned to welcome new ones.

Keith Girling, deputy leader of the council and chairman of the committee, said it was good to show the public part of the report to show the council was not sitting back.

“We aren’t letting covid disrupt us too much and we are still getting on with things,” he said.

“Well done to everybody involved in making sure all our of units on the ground floor are now occupied — that was a great piece of work has given a good platform to make sure the whole building is viable going forward.”

All units on the ground floor are now occupied by Iguazu, Tambo Lounge, Specsavers, Gracegentle and Hobson Shoes.

Planning approval is not required for the second phase, but the schedule of works will need to be checked by the council’s conservation team to ensure that listed building consent is not needed.

The district council joined with Newark Town Council to buy the struggling centre, which links the Market Place and Middlegate, for £800,000 before it went to auction with the aim of using it as part of plans to regenerate the town centre.

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