Building work has started on Corby’s new Tesco supermarket.
Construction machinery has moved in to begin levelling the site off St James Road as company Barr Construction started the task of building the 113,000 sq ft Tesco store.
The superstore, which will have 82,000 sq ft of retail space, and a petrol filling station, will provide more than 200 jobs to the town, which has been hit hard by job losses at Tata Steel, Eddie Stobart and Argos Wincanton this year.
Borough councillors and Corby Council’s corporate director Adrian Sibley visited the site on Tuesday to meet Barr representatives and staff from the developers, Mulberry Developments, to see their vision for the redevelopment of the former steelworks slag site.
Mike Henderson, Barr’s unit manager, said the store will be one of the largest timber-framed Tesco supermarkets in the country.
He said: “We are trying to provide stores which are made from sustainable sources. There is a number being built in the country – they are very attractive buildings, light and airy. It’s a nice shopping environment for people to come and shop in.”
Mark Day, Mulberry’s development director, said efforts will be made to make the area look attractive with the installation of public art around the land and the filling station will have a winged-style roof.
Highway works to provide an access road and cycle paths are included in the plans and the developer will be funding a section of the Corby Walk through the town.
Corby councillor Jimmy Noble, lead member for regeneration, said: “A lot of hard work, a lot of negotiations and a lot of talking, and we are finally getting some progress on site to offer a spanking new supermarket which I am sure the people of the borough will enjoy.”
The building work is expected to be completed in November.