Greyfriars Scheme 1 in detail: New plaza and possibly a trampolining centre

The car free zone between Grosvenor Centre and the 'Greyfriars Quarter' as envisaged by developers behind Scheme 1.
The car free zone between Grosvenor Centre and the 'Greyfriars Quarter' as envisaged by developers behind Scheme 1.
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Up to 380 full-time jobs would be created by Greyfriars Quarter Scheme 1 proposal, developers have said.

A quote from the developers - who have not yet been named - released by Northampton Borough Council says, as well as the new facilities, it would lead to between 300 and 380 new jobs.

A spokesman, who described the firm as a ‘local building company’, said: “There are further opportunities for work experience and apprenticeships during the construction stages across a range of industry disciplines.

“We are already discussing possibilities with local colleges and schools in the area about how best to support their students for their future careers.”

The main differences between the Scheme 1 and its rival are that the former would have either a larger cinema or trampoling centre and fewer restaurants.

Councillor Tim Hadland, cabinet member for regeneration, said: “I’m sure people will be interested in seeing the proposals for Greyfriars.

“We have already extended the opening hours to give more people the opportunity to see the display and I do hope people take the opportunity.”

Scheme 1

-Cinema of up to eight screens with inhouse bistro/bar offer live sport on TV

or trampolining / mini bowling centre

- 6 restaurants

- 3 commercial studios for eg. health and beauty salons or design businesses

-3 kiosks for eg. coffee, sandwiches, phone sales along link to Grosvenor Centre

-150 residential flats, including 50 ‘affordable’

- 500 student apartments

-81 retirement apartments

- 1 gym

-1 hotel (possibly a Moxy or a Hilton Garden) with 110 beds

-1 ‘large retail store’ in under utilised area of the Grosvenor Centre

-217 parking spaces

- New pedestrian links from Newland area (near Lady’s Lane) and new ramps and steps to the Market Square

- coach station with 6 bays to be used by National Express and tourism companies