Demolition work is set to start by the end of the month on land around Northampton’s gas towerss, paving the way for a major office development.
All 10 homes in Tanner Street are being demolished, followed by the commercial properties in St Peter’s Way, in an operation which is expected to be completed by Christmas.
Tanner Street will be closed during the work, which is expected to take five weeks, and after this, the site will be handed over to National Grid so the gas holder can be demolished.
The commercial properties will be the final buildings to be removed.
A shortlist of three developers has been drawn up for the office scheme, and the candidates have been given six weeks to prepare detailed submissions.
The owners of the 10 remaining houses in Tanner Street had initially opposed the redevelopment of the area, but the West Northamptonshire Development Corporation (WNDC) then moved in to buy the properties.
Several businesses will also move as part of the development.
Among them will be Premier Kitchens and Bedrooms, which has been based in St Peter’s Way for the last three years, and is now moving to a new showroom at Beckett Retail Park.
Founder and managing director, Iain Forsythe, said: “Everything is coming along fantastically well. We are at the final stages of fitting the new displays and design offices and can’t wait to open in our new location.”
The development site is part of the Northampton Waterside Enterprise Zone.