See first images of Scarborough's £22m plan for Argos site redevelopment
The first images of Scarborough’s proposed £22m town centre accommodation and shopping development have been released.
Buccleuch Property (Scarborough) Limited has today submitted a planning application to Scarborough Council for the redevelopment of the former Argos building in Newborough.
The project is being backed financially by Scarborough Council and will provide new retail units on the ground floor and accommodation for 52 in-training NHS doctors and nurses from Scarborough Hospital and 150 university students on the upper levels.
The scheme has been developed with York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Scarborough Hospital, and CU Scarborough, part of the Coventry University Group.
Polly McMeekin, of York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust said: “Historically we have always had difficulties attracting registered nurses and doctors to the east coast, so this development of affordable, quality accommodation will help us attract and recruit the correct number and calibre of staff, which is essential to help deliver the best possible care to our patients.”
CU Scarborough Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor Jackie Mathers added: “As a recognised university town, the redevelopment will provide excellent accommodation to attract more UK and international students.
“The addition of purpose build student accommodation in the town centre will attract more students and in turn benefit the community and help local businesses.
“Our support of this project shows our continued commitment to invest in high-quality education and the local community and to help deliver qualified staff to work in our local NHS.”
Buccleuch Property (Scarborough) Limited, said that the planning application had been submitted following public consultations and discussions with Historic England.
A spokesman for the company said: “We understand the importance of the site and have taken great care to make sure our proposal fits within the character and setting of the surrounding area.
“We engaged with Historic England and Scarborough Borough Council over several months and they have provided invaluable feedback that we have taken on board and integrated into the forthcoming designs.
“The proposal has taken cues from the historic buildings in the town, which has created a cohesive development that makes a positive contribution to the conservation area and the setting of the nearby listed buildings.
“We have confidence in Scarborough regardless of the pandemic and are excited to partner with the NHS and CU Scarborough to take this scheme to the next stage.”
The project is being managed by Wrenbridge Sport.
If approved, the Argos building will be demolished to make way for the new development.
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