City-centre plans going on show

PUBLISHED: 11:32 28 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:54 06 May 2010

Antringham Verulamium director Tim Blairs with a model of the proposed scheme

Antringham Verulamium director Tim Blairs with a model of the proposed scheme

A PUBLIC exhibition with detailed plans of a multi-million pound proposal to regenerate a St Albans city-centre site will go on display next week. From Wednesday to Friday at the Town Hall, developers Antringham Verulamium will be showing details of thei

A PUBLIC exhibition with detailed plans of a multi-million pound proposal to regenerate a St Albans city-centre site will go on display next week.

From Wednesday to Friday at the Town Hall, developers Antringham Verulamium will be showing details of their plans for a £26-million scheme, centred on the Hertfordshire House site.

The display will include scale models and architectural plans of the mixed-use scheme in Bricket Road, which includes an 87-bedroom Travelodge hotel, 46 apartments and more than 12,500 square feet of office space, along with leisure and retail outlets.

The company purchased the site, in an area known as Civic Centre South, in 2007 and submitted a planning application to the district council at the end of last year. Tim Blairs, the director of Antringham Verulamium, which is working with Royal Bank of Scotland on the venture, said: "This scheme is pivotal to the regeneration of St Albans Civic Centre South Site, which is vital to the city as a whole. We are excited at having the opportunity to demonstrate our aims to the people of St Albans and to explain how we believe this development to be the catalyst to essential improvements in St Albans."

He continued: "This is a city we care about. If approved we believe other regenerative schemes could come forward and have therefore provided the council with our own master plan vision of how we believe this development could facilitate improved pedestrian access in the area and help bring the city together in a more cohesive way."

He added: "We believe this is in line with council's City Vision, the consultation strategy which will help define St Albans' development master plan over the next 20 years and on which public consultation has already started."

If approved, work on the development could commence in the summer.

The opening times will be between 10am and 4pm on Wednesday and Friday and between 9am and 2pm on Thursday.

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