Work has begun on site on a major 180-acre mixed-use development set in a prime location in Gloucestershire.
Led by renowned Cheltenham-based property developer Robert Hitchins, the development will feature a designer outlet and lifestyle retail destination, a flagship garden centre, homes and a range of local amenities.
The Designer Outlet Cotswolds retail scheme will provide up to 90 shops, restaurants and cafés in an attractive Cotswold-style village environment. The development will also include the largest Dobbies Garden Centre in South West England and 850 homes complete with a school, local centre and recreation facilities.
Montel Civil Engineering has been appointed by Robert Hitchins as the main contractor for the first phase of infrastructure works needed to open up the development.
Gordon Jeynes, technical and residential development director of Robert Hitchins, said: “We are delighted that the infrastructure has now commenced. When completed, this will – in addition to the on-site works – include major improvements to the A46 fronting the development and improvements to Junction 9 of the M5.”
Simon Tothill, property & development director of Robert Hitchins, said: “We’re proud to be delivering such an attractive development into the Tewkesbury area and to be creating more than 1,000 jobs in the local area. It’s important that such developments progress as efficiently as possible through the planning and construction stages to create employment opportunities, especially to enable the area to bounce back from the effects of the pandemic. These are ‘real jobs’ and we all need to work together to promote success. As a result, our mixed-use scheme will be a great addition to this part of the West Country.”