Stepnell is preparing to start construction work to transform the Northampton historic market square. West Northamptonshire Council (WNC) is working with the construction firm to carry out a multi-million-pound redevelopment of the area,.
Prior to construction works starting, investigations had to take place to identify any potential risks and define clear strategies to address them. WNC and Stepnell have completed ground investigations in Northampton using Danaher Walsh and a leading geotechnical firm. This involved digging 15 trial holes and 12 boreholes in locations identified by the project team over a four-week period. The area must be carefully excavated, taking, and investigating samples that will inform how the market square is transformed. This is in addition to the ground investigations completed during the design development stage.
While this work has been ongoing an archaeologist has been ensuring the redevelopment does not cause harm to potential archaeology in the ground.
“This is an important project in the transformation and regeneration of the town centre, the market square is a site of historical significance, so it is vital that the essential investigations are carried out to ensure that works are delivered to the highest standard. With the necessary preparation works underway we look forward the next stage of the construction process that will be intensifying in the coming weeks,” said Cllr Dan Lister, Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Town Centre Regeneration and Growth.
Following extensive research, the only viable location for the market to be temporarily relocated to while the extensive construction takes place was Commercial St Car Park, as other areas in the town, including Abington St which is due to begin works on the new public realm later this year, are due to be transformed in the coming months as part of the wider town regeneration.
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