CPUK wins retail contracts worth £6.3m

David McCourt

The Skelmersdale-based builder Construction Partnership UK has won contracts to build two major retail development projects in Cumbria.

CPUK has started work on the £4.3m Castle Retail Park expansion in Penrith for The Welbeck Estates Company.

The company has also been awarded a £2m contract to refurbish part of the St Nicholas' Gate retail park in Carlisle, for clients of LaSalle Investment Management.

The retail developments are CPUK's first contracts in Cumbria.

The work is part of £20m of contracts CPUK has secured for the next 12 months.

Builders are already on site constructing the 61,000 sq ft extension to Castle Retail Park, which will provide retail warehousing plus an additional 214 car park spaces.

Retailers including B&Q and Pets at Home have pre-let units and the scheme is due for completion in May next year.

The St Nicholas Gate revamp, on London Road in Carlisle, includes an extension to an existing retail development plus improved access, road and traffic improvements and increased car parking.

Steve Burke, CPUK's managing director, says activity for the company is now returning to something like pre-recession levels.

He said: "The retail sector is becoming an important part of our project pipeline and our experience in it goes back many years working for the likes of Peel Holdings and Starbucks.

"The key to new projects and to the refurbishment of existing developments seems to be the securing of anchor tenants and we are seeing a number of ambitious retail park extensions getting the go-ahead as a result of this."

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