Warrington Council has appointed Celtic Technologies as the demolition contractor to begin the £52m regeneration of the Bridge Street retail area in the town centre.
The Bridge Street project is being delivered by Warrington & Co., on behalf of Warrington Council with development partner Muse Developments and will provide a new market hall, a multiplex cinema, a number of family friendly restaurants, a new council office building and will create a new public square.
Demolition works will start early in April and are expected to take 21 weeks to complete.
Following the demolition of the Time Square area, work will commence on the first phase of the construction of the new development. The first building to be built will be a temporary market hall into which the market will relocate early in 2017 in order for the current market hall to be demolished and a new 41,000 sq ft market hall constructed.
When open the permanent new market hall will incorporate the grade two-listed former Boots building façade on Bridge Street as one of its entrances. The opposite side of the building will feature entrances out towards the new square in front of the multiplex cinema. Access into the market will also be available from the two other sides of the building in order to generate and promote through footfall and promote trade.
The scheme has been designed by Leach Rhodes Walker. The whole project is due to complete in 2019.
Celtic Technologies is based in Newton-le-Willows and is part of EnGlobe Corp.
Cllr Mike Hannon, deputy leader of Warrington Council, said: "The appointment of Celtic is another positive and exciting step forward towards the start on site of the Bridge Street Quarter project and the wider regeneration of Warrington town centre. We are particularly pleased to have been able to appoint a local company for the job, after a competitive tender exercise, and Celtic have an excellent track record."