The highly anticipated redevelopment of Jackson Square is now within sight, as enabling works have officially started, following weeks of behind-the-scenes preparations.
Landlords Legal & General, has adopted a thorough and structured approach which saw a number of refinements to the scheme over the past 12 months, with planning finally approved by East Herts District Council last year. Plans will see much-loved designer discounter, TK Maxx join the line up at the centre in a c. 20,000 sq ft unit, with the new anchor store not only widening Jackson Square’s own retail offering, but also providing a desirable boost to the town centre and local community.
The development will complement the District Council’s proposed Old River Lane plans, providing an active link to the High Street along with significant public realm improvements which will enhance the vitality of the Bridge Street area and streetscape.
Gina Thomas, Discover Stortford BID Manager noted ‘TK Maxx choosing Jackson Square, Bishop’s Stortford for their new store is fantastic news for the town centre. It will perfectly compliment the offering we already have here, with our range of national chains and independent businesses. We look forward to their opening and the development of Jackson Square.’
The new retail store will create jobs for up to 50 local people that will be employed in a mixture of full, part time and casual roles; in addition to creating opportunities within construction and further employment in the supply chain.
To accommodate the new store, redevelopment will see the relocation of several existing stores including F. Hinds, Photosound and Mamdani Opticians. From the very start of the project, the scheme’s Landlord has been passionate about retaining as many of the centre’s much-loved brands and businesses, with Legal & General entering numerous complex negotiations to ensure those affected by the works have felt comfortable and supported throughout the project.
As well as welcoming TK Maxx to the centre, Jackson Square will also see an impressive new internal public realm created, more placemaking opportunities, additional retail units and a new entrance on The Causeway, paving the way towards an entirely new shopping experience for the Bishop’s Stortford community.
Centre Manager Michael Smith added, ‘There will inevitably be a period of disruption as our centre is expanded, but in the longer term we know it will be worth it as we are creating an even greater place for our community to meet, spend time and enjoy.
“Working with our customers, listening to them and keeping them informed on every step of this renovation journey has been key to the success of this project so far. This two-way communication will continue to be a priority for us as we bring to life our shared vision to create a vibrant and relevant retail destination in the heart of our town.’
Michael adds, ‘It is great to see that Legal & General are investing not only in our shopping centre but our town centre and its people.
Our community is at the heart of everything we do here at Jackson Square, and we know that this redevelopment will inject a boost of positivity to Bishop Stortford. It is very much business as usual for both our stores and customers whilst the work is carried out.’
As part of the ongoing exciting development works at Jackson Square, Monday 18th September will see external hoardings erected around the outside of the centre on Bridge Street, allowing for the next phase of construction to begin. In order to keep the public and our teams safe during these works, this does unfortunately mean there will be no access from the Library to walk left, or from PhotoSound and walking right. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause to the public however the safety of our community is paramount.
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