Nuneaton town centre regeneration takes leap forward as BAM appointed construction partner

A CGI of Nuneaton’s first town centre hotel

Nuneaton town centre’s regeneration has taken a step forward following confirmation of construction, facilities management and property developer BAM as the project’s construction partner.

BAM have been appointed to assist with phase one of the Abbey Street development having already completed initial ground works at the site.

The first phase will see further preparations made to the site to allow the construction of new leisure developments, public open spaces, a town centre campus for North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College, a hotel and a multi-storey car park.

The scheme is being led by Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council alongside its development partner Queensberry.

Cllr Kris Wilson, leader of Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council, said: “This is a critical step in the work we need to do to improve Nuneaton town centre, and we are pleased to confirm that BAM will be the people to work with us on this.

“They have an impressive track record and their contribution to breathing new life into Nuneaton is going to make a fantastic difference to the town.

“Abbey Street has always been a crucial part of our town that makes Nuneaton so distinctive. This work will literally cement its place as the refreshed heart of this town. The town centre will benefit from a new future in which leisure, food and drink and visitor facilities sit hand in hand with the market and town centre shops.”

The first phase of the project has been funded with a government grant from the Future High Streets Fund with West Midlands Combined Authority also contributing £775,000.

David Ellis, regional director for BAM Construction Midlands, said: “This will be a significant and multi-faceted development. It will touch so many local people and businesses across the area in a positive way. We will work sensitively and respectfully with those around us while delivering this major improvement in Nuneaton’s built environment.

“What BAM brings is our outstanding experience in place-making developments, plus industry-leading sustainability and technological capabilities. Above all, we are a highly collaborative team and will work closely with our partners and we are really looking forward to bringing positive change to Nuneaton.”

BAM Construct UK, part of the Royal BAM Group, was recently appointed to create Nuneaton and Bedworth’s Physical Activity Hub in Miners’ Welfare Park and has now also started work on creating a 145-bedroom Hampton by Hilton hotel in Nuneaton.

Sean Farnell, board director at Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP) and chair of the My Town Nuneaton board, added: “It is fantastic news that work is underway on creating the first hotel in Nuneaton as part of the Abbey Street mixed-use development.

“The aim of CWLEP’s Strategic Reset Framework is to help make Coventry and Warwickshire a safe and highly attractive place to live, study, work, and invest and this initiative will help to encourage visitors to Nuneaton which will, in turn, boost the local economy.”