Development contest opens for Blackburn Markets

Jones Lang LaSalle, acting on behalf of Blackburn with Darwen Council, has launched the search for a development partner to undertake the retail-led redevelopment of a six-acre site.

The council aims to create a vibrant, complementary scheme with new retail-led, mixed-use development. This could include the provision of high quality retail including food, restaurants bars, hotels, offices and community uses along with improved public realm and public transport facilities which would enhance consumer choice and improve the overall attractiveness of Blackburn town centre.

The core development area provides approximately six acres of brownfield land with frontage onto Ainsworth Street, Penny Street, Brown Street and Salford. Immediately adjacent is the existing Mall shopping centre which was successfully refurbished and extended in 2010.

Adam White, senior surveyor at Jones Lang LaSalle, said: "Building on the highly successful refurbishment and extension of The Mall Shopping Centre and the proposed Cathedral Quarter development; the regeneration of the Blackburn Markets site is an exciting opportunity for the private sector to work in partnership with the council to realise this development opportunity."

White added: "The council is looking to select a developer who can combine the skills and experience of working with the public sector with the long term commitment to bring the site's inherent potential to fruition."

Interested parties should contact Stuart Burdon-Bailey or Adam White in Jones Lang LaSalle's Manchester office in order to receive further details and a copy of the pre-qualification questionnaire. The deadline for its return is 12 noon on Friday 15 April 2011.

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