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26 new shops are set to be delivered at the St. Modwen-owned Trentham Estate, one of Staffordshire’s best-known attractions, creating around 100 additional jobs at Trentham.

Providing almost 22,000 sq ft of retail space, the extension to the popular Trentham Shopping Village will offer a welcome addition to the 60 existing shops, cafes and restaurants which continue to trade successfully year on year. The scheme represents over £7m of additional investment value to the area.

Highlighting the Estate’s continuing success, over half of the units are already under offer to new occupiers, providing yet another dimension to the Village’s varied offering.

Mike Herbert, regional director at St. Modwen, said: “I am pleased to announce that work will be starting this month on the much-anticipated extension to the Shopping Village at the Trentham Estate, creating 26 new shops, restaurants and café’s for the Estate’s growing number of visitors to enjoy, whilst creating new full and part-time employment opportunities for local people.

“Occupier take-up on the new units has been extremely positive, with over half of the units under offer before construction has even started and we anticipate that the new stores will be fully-let prior to completion. We look forward to announcing the new tenants over the coming months as construction gets underway.”

Stoke on Trent based, Intium Construction Limited has been appointed to deliver the new units and construction will start on site this month, with the shops expected for completion in summer 2017.

Since 2003, St. Modwen has delivered the award-winning £100 million restoration and regeneration of the Trentham Estate and Gardens, creating one of the highest profile and widely acclaimed garden restoration projects in the UK supported by the successful Garden Centre, 60 shops, cafes and restaurants and the 119 bedroom Premier Inn hotel. The Gardens have been restored by top landscape designers to create a modern and vibrant landscape with numerous interesting features including the Fairy sculpture trail; the UK’s first ‘barefoot’ sensory walk and children’s adventure play area as well as the beautiful lakeside walks, park and natural woodland.

The Estate is also home to Trentham Monkey Forest – a unique opportunity to walk amongst 140 free roaming Barbary macaques in a natural woodland environment and an ‘Aerial Extreme’ treetop adventure course.  The whole 725 acre site attracts more than 3.2 million visits every year of which more than 550,000 will have visited the Gardens this year.

The big current project in the Estate is the celebration of the 300th anniversary in 2016 of the birth of Lancelot “Capability” Brown, who was instrumental in the creation of the lake and parkland in the 18th century.  Landscape designer, Nigel Dunnett, famed for the beautiful landscaping at London’s Queen Elizabeth Park for the 2012 Olympics, is rolling out new and exciting landscaping in the park and lakeside areas featuring a new woodland garden and perennial entrance garden – as well as the record breaking planting of his trademark ‘pictorial meadows’.

Elsewhere in Staffordshire, St. Modwen is continuing to invest in the area with work due to start on the first 36,000 sq ft unit at the £100 million, 120 acre Business Park at Meaford, near Stone – set to be a major distribution and logistics hub, creating up to 2,200 jobs for the region.

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