Work to demolish the 1960s part of the Co-op department store starting this week

co-op-demoIt’s full steam ahead as Tamworth Borough Council begins work on progressing its plans for the town centre Future High Streets project, with the demolition of the 1960s Co-op department store building, set to start this week.

The successful tender contract for the demolition was awarded to Armac, who will also help with the internal strip-out of the older mid-19th century section of the former Co-operative Society building in Colehill, that will convert the shop frontages and upper floors facing Colehill and Church Street and retain, enhance and celebrate the building’s Victorian features.

Key to the Future High Streets project is the relocation of a brand-new Tamworth College into the heart of the town centre. South Staffordshire College is leading this part of the town centre redevelopment which will see the new college built on the old 1960s part Co-op site. South Staffordshire College aim to open the new facility from September 2024.

Roads will remain open, and visitors will still be able to access Church Street, St Editha’s and surrounding areas.

Once all work on the new college building is complete, Tamworth Borough Council will carry out a full re-landscaping of St Editha’s square.

Relocating Tamworth College by St. Editha’s Square will help place professional, vocational and technical education in the heart of the town centre, which is at the heart of the town’s skills strategy and economic growth plan. The new Tamworth site will be easy for learners to access from direct transport links and allow learning to take place in brand new and state-of-the-art facilities.

Such a move will bring around 1500 students, staff and visitors into the town centre, both in the daytime and for evening courses. It would also allow for the provision of additional courses to address local skills needs.

Councillor Jeremy Oates, Leader of Tamworth Borough Council, said: “It’s great to see our plans progressing. The demolition will begin this month of the 1960s parts of the Co-op department store, ready for the new and modern college to be built. The real hard work now begins, and we aim to minimise disruption to town centre businesses the best we can.

“The regeneration of Tamworth town centre is a key priority and we all need to pull together to fight for its future.

“Criteria for what the Future High Street funding can be spent on is very strict and is specifically to ‘renew and reshape town centres and high streets in a way that improves experience, drives growth and ensures future sustainability’.

“Just this one part of the Future High Streets project will see 1,500 more people regularly in the town centre, bringing further opportunities for town centre economic growth. This is just the first step in our ambitious plans to rejuvenate our town.”

Further exciting plans for the town centre include:

  • Development of new affordable and flexible space for smaller, independent hospitality, leisure and retail businesses
  • Restoration of heritage features and buildings so they can be brought back into use
  • An improved entrance between the town centre and the Castle Grounds
  • More affordable office space
  • Improvements to Middle Entry
  • The transformation of St Editha’s Square into a multi-purpose events space.

Notes:

The bid to Government was put together in partnership with landlords, businesses and organisations, following months of public engagement, detailed research and feasibility studies.

For more information about Tamworth town centre regeneration, visit www.tamworth.gov.uk/tamworth-whats-next.

More information about the Future High Streets Fund and bidding criteria is available online.