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Public realm improvements bring continental feel to Elder Way

Thursday, September 30th, 2021

Newly completed public realm improvements have facilitated a continental café culture at Elder Way.

As part of the £1.2million improvement scheme, pavements on Elder Way outside the redeveloped former iconic Co-op department store have been widened, facilitating outdoor dining and drinking.

Alfresco dining and drinking all year round is a trend which is expected to continue beyond the pandemic. A YouGov poll in May this year found 41 percent of respondents would prefer to sit outside a restaurant at that time, even if the weather was “okay (but not great)”.

Chesterfield Borough Council’s public realm improvement scheme was completed earlier this month, giving Elder Way and its junctions with Saltergate and Knifesmithgate a facelift.

The public realm improvement works, which are part of the wider £1 billion of construction projects in the town, have made the area more accessible and pedestrian friendly, creating an important link between town centre businesses, the Premier Inn hotel at Elder Way, Northern Gateway Enterprise Centre and the Saltergate Multi-Storey Car Park.

Businesses that now choose to make the redeveloped iconic former Co-op department store which fronts Elder Way, their new home will now benefit from:

  • The reconstruction of existing footways and paved areas with a mix of high-quality paving materials
  • Pavement widening
  • Taxi rank improvements on Knifesmithgate
  • A range of formal and informal pedestrian crossing improvements.
  • The de-cluttering of the street scene by removing obstacles to pedestrian movement
  • The introduction of trees into the street
  • Introduction / improved design of loading bays
  • New bus shelters and re-positioned bus stops on Elder Way
  • New street furniture
  • Carriageway resurfacing

Mark Hill, Commercial Property Director at Jomast, the urban regeneration specialist which transformed the former Co-op department store on Elder Way, added: “The public realm improvements have created a very attractive part of town which is set to be a future business hotspot as the Northern Gateway Enterprise Centre and One Waterside Place near completion. The anticipated opportunities created by these office developments are creating significant interest in the units available at Elder Way.”

For hospitality businesses that wish to benefit from the opportunities presented by Elder Way’s proximity to the new Enterprise Centre and One Waterside Place, there are currently eight fully accessible, modern street level units with glazed frontages available which offer tenants complete flexibility in design.

If you’re looking for a Chesterfield town centre presence for your hospitality business, Elder Way is the ideal location. Surrounded by offices, retailers and with the train station in easy walking distance, Elder Way offers a premium address in the town centre.

Get in touch with our team now to discover what Elder Way can offer your business or contact Jomast Developments on 01642 666936.

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