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Public realm improvements will help create Covid-proof pavement café culture at Elder Way

Wednesday, March 31st, 2021

Improvements to the public realm at Elder Way will help create a ‘Covid-proof’ environment for hospitality businesses based in the new fully accessible ground floor units at the former Co-op department store.

The improvement works, which include pavement widening, are part of Chesterfield Borough Council’s £1.2million scheme that covers the whole of Elder Way and its junctions with Saltergate and Knifesmithgate.

Danaher and Walsh Civil Engineering has been appointed by Chesterfield Borough Council to undertake the improvement works. Work has already started and is expected to be completed by summer 2021 – the ideal season for alfresco dining.

Under the current Covid restrictions restaurants and pubs in England will be allowed to serve customers outdoors from 12 April – but customers must order, eat and drink while seated at a table. Indoor dining is not expected to be allowed until at least 17 May.

Although the country is expected to fully re-open on 21 June, a leading epidemiologist – Dr Mary Ramsay, the head of immunisation at Public Health England, believes that we may need to wear face coverings and socially distance for several years until we return to normality.

With both the immediate and future uncertainty around Covid restrictions, it is no surprise that hybrid/flexible operations is one of the restaurant and dining trends identified in 2021 by industry magazine Big Hospitality.

It believes there will be demand from operators for places that can easily adapt to changing customer needs day and night time will be in demand. For instance, a restaurant by day and a takeaway by night, or a deli by day and a restaurant at night.

The ground level units in the former Co-op department store on Elder Way offer tenants complete flexibility in design. There are currently eight fully accessible, modern street level units with glazed frontages available.

Not only do they benefit from the pavement widening in front of the units, enabling them to provide permanent outdoor seating areas for customers, they are centrally located in Chesterfield town centre to take advantage of both the day and night-time visitor economy.

Mark Hill, Commercial Property Director, said: “Developments and improvements at Northern Gateway and in and around the town have made great strides in the last 12 months, making Chesterfield an exciting prospect for investors looking for an up and coming business hotspot.”

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.

The £1.2million public realm improvements will forge an important link between the town centre and the businesses and Premier Inn hotel at Elder Way , Northern Gateway Enterprise Centre and the Saltergate Multi-Storey Car Park.

As part of the public realm improvements scheme, Elder Way will 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

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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