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Crawley town centre redevelopment set to hit second phase

The £2.2m Town Centre Regeneration Programme will soon start its second phase after the appointment of the main construction contractor.

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The second phase of Crawley’s £2.2m Town Centre Regeneration Programme is set to start work very soon, following the appointment of the main construction contractor.

After a successful tender process, Blakedown Landscapes has been chosen as the council’s construction partner to regenerate Queensway and The Pavement.

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The £2.2m scheme is part of the Crawley Growth Programme, funded by Crawley Borough Council, West Sussex County Council, and the Local Growth Fund through the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership.

The project includes extending the new, high-quality paving in Queens Square along Queensway and The Pavement, creating space for a future market, larger disabled parking bays and new planting along the edge of Memorial Gardens.

It is hoped these improvements will encourage neighbouring landowners and businesses to invest more in the area, acting as a catalyst for wider regeneration that has already been seen in Queens Square.

With more than 50 years’ experience, Blakedown Landscapes is a multi-award-winning landscaping and civil engineering company operating throughout the UK, having previously worked on projects in Canary Wharf, Poplar, Basingstoke, Dover and our own Queens Square, which was completed last September.

Queens Square, Crawley.

A detailed schedule of works will be agreed over the coming weeks which will be shared and discussed with town centre businesses as soon as possible.

Councillor Peter Smith, Cabinet member for Planning and Economic Development, said:

“The council welcomes the opportunity to work with Blakedown once again. They completed Queens Square to a high standard and I am delighted to continue our partnership with them. I look forward to seeing the project get underway early next year.”

Louise Goldsmith, Leader of West Sussex County Council, said:

“We are delighted that our investment continues to make a real difference to Crawley town centre. The Queensway scheme continues our successful partnership of investment into Crawley and we are looking forward to working with Blakedown once again to deliver this project.”

Jonathan Sharrock, Chief Executive at Coast to Capital said:

“We are thrilled with the continued developments of the Crawley Growth Programme which is improving the town for businesses and residents. Delivering prosperous urban centres has been identified in our Strategic Economic Plan “Gatwick 360” as an opportunity in which we aim to create exemplars for the development of existing towns as an engine for economic growth. The regeneration of Crawley aligns well with our ambitions and we look forward to continuing to work with partners to deliver this.”

Director of Blakedown Landscapes, Chris Wellbelove, said:

“We are very pleased to be working on Queensway following the successful delivery of Queens Square, it’s great to see the positive changes to Crawley town centre and we look forward to continuing the town’s regeneration strategy.”

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Deliveroo search for riders in Crawley as lunch orders triple

More work available for riders at Deliveroo as orders across Crawley rocket. The company also reveals Crawley’s most popular dishes.

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Deliveroo PR library [Imagery © Mikael Buck / Deliveroo]

Exclusive new figures released today by Deliveroo reveal the company’s rapid growth across Crawley in the past 6 months.

As Deliveroo continues to grow its service in the area, the company is looking for more riders to deliver meals across the city. Deliveroo recently launched Marketplace+, which has seen an influx of traditional takeaways joining the British food-delivery company.

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In the past year orders in Crawley have rocketed. Deliveroo data has shown that locals are embracing food delivery, with lunch orders increasing by 297% in the last 6 months – with Sweet Chilli Chicken from ‘Kokoro’ taking the top spot for most popular lunch order in the city.

The new data also reveals Saturday at 7:55pm is the most popular time for Crawley locals to order from Deliveroo.

Crawley’s most popular dishes:
• Sweet Chilli Chicken from Kokoro
• Boneless Banquet from KFC
• Creams Soft Serve Vanilla from Creams
• Steak & Cheese Sub from Subway
• Cod and Chips from Mr Chips

Deliveroo has been delivering meals in the city for over a year, working with over 30 restaurants. With the launch of Marketplace+ Deliveroo is expecting this number to double by the end of 2019.

Deliveroo PR library [Imagery © Mikael Buck / Deliveroo]

This increase in order growth means that Deliveroo is able to offer more well-paid, flexible work that allows people to combine work with other responsibilities, for example studying. On average across the UK, riders earn over £10 per hour. Deliveroo is now looking for more riders, and current riders who successfully refer someone new to Deliveroo in Crawley will receive up to £400.

Dan Warne, UK and Ireland Managing Director said:

“We’re proud to be offering more locals in Crawley well-paid flexible work and have been astounded by the huge growth we’ve seen in the city”

Earlier this year Deliveroo provided its 50,000 riders around the world with free insurance to protect them and their earnings if they’re involved in an accident.

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