Latest look at how Rushden Lakes is taking shape

John Bancroft took this picture of Rushden Lakes on Saturday

John Bancroft took this picture of Rushden Lakes on Saturday

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The opening may be delayed, but this picture shows how work is progressing on Rushden Lakes.

It was revealed by the Northants Telegraph last week that the opening of the major retail and leisure development has been delayed from April to July due to highways issues.

But despite the delay, this picture taken by John Bancroft on Saturday shows how the development just off the A45 at Rushden is taking shape.

The picture shows the main shopping units progressing, as well as the new lakeside area which will include a visitors centre run by the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire.

LXB, the developer behind the major scheme, said in a report published last week that phase one of the site has now been ‘substantially completed’ and they expect to start handing over to the anchor retailers in February next year.

Phase one of Rushden Lakes includes three retail terraces, associated restaurants and a major trunk road upgrade.

It will be anchored by M&S, House of Fraser and Primark.

A revised planning application has been submitted for amendments to phases two and three, which includes additional restaurant space, a re-designed leisure building to enhance the leisure offer and add two cinema screens to take the total number of screens to 14 and additional retail space and car park spaces.

It is anticipated that planning will be granted for the amendments by January 2017 with construction planned to start in the second quarter of 2017.