Stanton Cross work to begin

Stanton Cross
Stanton Cross

A £500m project to build 3,200 homes could get under way soon with a project manager position with a six-figure salary being sought.

Bovis Homes, the company heading up the Stanton Cross development in Wellingborough, recently advertised for a managing director to oversee the project.

An advertisement published in the Sunday Times describes the position as a “rare, career-defining opportunity” which would see the successful applicant enjoy a six-figure salary as they take on responsibility for “a pioneering commercial centre”.

The plans will incorporate 3,200-plus private and social houses and more than 230,000 sq m of business and retail, creating up to 7,500 jobs.

The project manager will also be responsible for £100m of infrastructure projects, a railway station, new roads, three rail and four river bridges, and community facilities including two primary schools.

The first phase of the project will be the building of an office space development known as Station Island, as well as the construction of roads and bridges into the site.

Wellingborough Council used its compulsory purchase powers earlier this year to secure a piece of land needed to build the main road, which is known as Route 4, into the development.

Northamptonshire County Council recently agreed to provide funding for Route 4.

Keith Carnegie, managing director of Bovis Homes central region, said: “We are preparing for the implementation of the first phase of a project which will create hundreds of jobs over the next few years, and are now actively recruiting senior staff with a view to starting infrastructure work at the site in early 2014.”

Wellingborough Coucil leader Cllr Paul Bell said: “We have been waiting for more than a decade for Stanton Cross to get going and it’s great to see it all starting to come together.

“It’s an enormously complicated project, involving a number of different organisations, and a lot of preparation and groundwork needs to be in place before the construction work starts.

“Getting the infrastructure right is crucial.

“Recruitment is under way for a manager to take charge of the project, and the county council has committed to Route 4, which will open up the whole development.

“All the necessary preparation is going on behind the scenes, and we’re hopeful we’ll see the diggers on site by the end of the year.”