Work to rebuild Carr Mill stores destroyed by fire welcome
The work underway to rebuild community businesses on a site to replace former premises ravaged by fire was welcomed.
Community stores in Wythburn Crescent, Carr Mill were damaged beyond repair in November 2018, following an attempted break-in which caused a fire.
St Helens North MP Conor McGinn and Moss Bank ward councilors Trisha Long and Tracy Dickinson were welcomed to the site by North West growth and regeneration group Torus.
The rebuild, which began in March this year, coincides with Torus’ structural improvement work on the Bassenthwaite Avenue Shop Parade on the Moss Bank estate, which also received a visit.
Discussing the work at both sets of stores, Torus Group Head of Asset Management Mike Austin said: “Investing in communities is a central focus for Torus, our investment is not just financial, it is emotional.
“We appreciated how dependent Moss Bank residents were on the shops and were determined to find a solution that would benefit both the local community and local businesses.
“Unfortunately, both projects experienced delays and increased costs. Covid has caused rising construction prices and building material shortages across the construction industry.
“Despite these hurdles, getting these projects off the ground was a priority for Torus and we are now thrilled to finally be on the ground and able to make these stores very popular with store owners and locals alike and I would like to say a big thank you to the community, the MP and the local elected officials for all their support throughout the process.
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Throughout the developments, Torus says he has remained in regular contact with commercial tenants and the four new stores on Wythburn will see the return of Pizza and Chinese takeaway, with Thrifty also returning.
Stores in Bassenthwaite, which remain open as much as possible throughout their upgrades, include Toast to Roast Café, Tanzania – Sunbed & Beauty Studio, Ste’s Barbers, Treasure of China Chinese Takeaway, Four Seasons General Store and Hollowood Chemist .
St Helens North MP Conor McGinn said: ‘The parade of shops at Wythburn Crescent and Bassenthwaite Avenue is a focal point and heart of the Moss Bank community. Torus’ commitment to rebuilding and restoring, respectively, these two important sites is welcome and I hope that the progress made will soon allow local people to once again have access to the things they need where they live.
Cllr Trisha Long, who has been involved in the projects from the start, added: “I am really pleased that good progress is being made at both sites, with the new stores coming to Wythburn and the improvement works on Bassenthwaite. Shops are essential to local residents, and I want to thank Torus for investing in this community. »
The construction company HMS has been appointed to complete the reconstruction and improvement of the stores.
The rebuilding of the shops on Wythburn uses low maintenance materials, to give long term durability as well as an aesthetic appeal that does not detract from the existing area.
The finished program will also benefit from additional security measures and provide much more flexible and scalable commercial spaces.
The rebuilding of Wythburn stores is expected to be completed in the fall of 2022, with improvements to Bassenthwaite stores expected to be completed later in the year.
Anyone interested in a Torus owned business unit should email [email protected]