Monday, November 8, 2021

New Skelmersdale Town Centre moves a step closer


  • Significant progress on 'Tawd Valley Centre'
  • Buildings now transforming the site
  • Leader of the Council hails 'importance of development for West Lancashire'

Significant progress is being made on the new town centre for Skelmersdale with buildings now transforming the site of the new 'Tawd Valley Centre'.

The process of bringing in essential services will also begin this month with contractors diverting the water supply to the site and installing a six metre deep manhole for the highway drainage. 180 metres of retaining wall have also been constructed.

Councillor Ian Moran, Leader of West Lancashire Borough Council, said: "This is fantastic news for Skelmersdale with real progress being made on the town centre plans. As both a councillor and a resident, I know how significant seeing this progress is for those who live and work in Skelmersdale and its importance for West Lancashire's future as a whole cannot be overestimated.

"Over the coming months I'm really looking forward to seeing the new town centre take shape. The Council will be working hard to keep up this momentum as we continue move forward with the development."

Major retail brands Lidl and B&M Bargains are already on board with stores opening in the spring, with talks with a third retailer in their later stages. The area adjacent to the retail park will be upgraded to include a fantastic new play area in Tawd Valley Park and a new high street will be provided to link West Lancashire College with the rest of the town centre.

Improvements will also be made to the public areas outside Skelmersdale Library to make them more attractive spaces for residents to enjoy.

The town centre redevelopment scheme is a partnership between the Borough Council and developer St. Modwen and is supported by the Lancashire Local Enterprise Partnership and Growth Deal Funding. Construction partners for the project are Caddick Construction.

Alexander Jaques, Development Director at St. Modwen, said: “It’s fantastic to see so much progress being made in the town centre. As we continue with this significant build phase we will start to see a real transformation of the site, paving the way for the new retail and public spaces that the residents of Skelmersdale are so eagerly awaiting.”

Ian Threadgold, North West Managing Director of Caddick Construction added: “Caddick is delighted to be working on this scheme that will have a transformative effect on Skelmersdale town centre and the surrounding communities. It is great to see investment coming back into town centres and local residents will continue to see the development taking shape over the coming months, with the new retailers opening their doors in the spring of 2022.