The keys to the prestigious Herten Triangle development at Doncaster Lakeside have been handed over.
Ros Jones, Mayor of Doncaster, received the keys from Willmott Dixon to mark completion of the impressive council led scheme which includes three restaurants, a coffee shop, dessert parlour and three drive through units.
It features a mix of local and national companies with Burger King, Costa Coffee, Creams Desserts, Dunkin’ Donuts, Estabulo Brazilian Restaurant, Taco Bell, TGI’s and Urban Burgers and Fries all signed up.
The first tenants are now fitting out their units and all the establishments will be open by the summer.
Mayor Ros Jones said: “For the council to bring this exciting scheme to fruition and get it fully let in a difficult market shows how attractive Doncaster is to these high profile leisure outlets.
“It is important to remember that the original development had ground to a halt under the private sector developer but as the landowner we took the bull by the horns and have made it happen.
“The scheme brings new investment into the borough, creates over 200 new jobs and will provide additional rent and business rate income. It shows our proactive and forward thinking approach to regeneration and job creation is paying off.
“The scheme sits beautifully at Doncaster Lakeside and shows the quality of project we are delivering for our town and residents. We will continue to invest in developments and regeneration schemes which drive jobs and growth across our borough and this includes the similar cinema and restaurant complex in our Civic and Cultural Quarter.”
Willmott Dixon’s managing director in the North, Anthony Dillon, said: “We are delighted to hand over that flagship project which will be a fantastic new retail addition for the town as well as an exciting catalyst for inward investment.
“Our recent work in Doncaster, which includes the transformation of the town’s iconic Wool Market, the ongoing delivery of the new Central Library and Museum as well as building over 100 new homes, is helping to drive growth in the region and we’re proud to continue to ensure wherever possible, that our project spend is with companies based in and around Doncaster.”
The £7.7m will deliver a significant annual return of about £750,000 to the council. The council’s contractor was Willmott Dixon and Pudney Shuttleworth was the property agent.
The highly sustainable scheme includes timber clad units, solar PV on the roofs, 5,000 plants and shrubs and 120 trees. There are 181 parking spaces and nine electric car charging points.