A new £6 million development, which provides additional office and retail space on Cartergate in Grimsby, was officially opened by the mayor of the town on February 2.
Construction began on the formerly derelict area in September 2015 and was developed by North East Lincolnshire Council with its partner Engie as well as being built by Lincolnshire-based construction company Gelder Group.
The development has been deemed as a catalyst for regeneration in the area, which is to become the ‘Cultural Quarter’ of the town.
It has also become the Wilkin Chapman headquarters, accommodating around 213 staff.
The town’s mayor opened the four storey building in the early evening and visitors enjoyed a tour of the firm’s new offices.
It is hoped that the vacant retail spaces on the ground floor will also soon be occupied by other local retail businesses.
In addition to the new building, the £6 million project involved the improvement of the existing Cartergate car park, repaving of Chantry Lane underpass and renewal of the surrounding footways.
Surrounding road surfaces will also be renewed, whilst a raised table will be built at the Cartergate junction to improve road safety.
Marcus Asquith, account director for Engie, said: “Working with all our partners we have created the new stylish and high quality offices which have transformed this area of Grimsby and will kick-start further development and regeneration of this area of the town.”
Mark Carlton, senior partner at Wilkin Chapman, said: “The move to Cartergate is ultimately a win-win situation for the council, the firm, local business growth and the wider community as part of the regeneration of Grimsby town centre.”