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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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The Harry Potter Shop™ lands at Gatwick North Terminal

London Gatwick has welcomed The Harry Potter Shop™ to its North Terminal.

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As the UK enjoys the release of Warner Bros. Pictures’ Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, the new 614 sq ft store offers a fantastic selection of items from across the Wizarding World.

From gifts to clothing, souvenirs to collectibles, Gatwick’s latest addition will offer a unique experience for the airport’s global passenger mix. Over 46 million passengers travel through Gatwick each year, with the airport offering connections to over 220 destinations, including more than 60 long-haul routes.

Tyler Miles, 10, visits The Harry Potter Shop before heading off on holiday from Gatwick.

Amongst the great winter gifts that can be purchased are Harry Potter Christmas jumpers and a winter accessories set including hat, scarf and gloves. Wizarding World fans can even bag a personalised Hogwarts acceptance letter, mystery flying Snitch or – the ultimate must-have for any aspiring wizard or witch – their favourite character’s wand.

Jonathan Sands of The Harry Potter Shop™ said:

“We are so proud to open the newest of our official Harry Potter Shops at Gatwick Airport’s North Terminal. Our aim is to create a unique shopping experience, offering the best of what the Wizarding World has to offer.”

Rachel Bulford, Head of Retail, London Gatwick said:

“I am thrilled to welcome such a popular and iconic brand to Gatwick. The Harry Potter Shop™ is a fantastic addition to the retailers at Gatwick as we continue to focus on providing great choice and value for our passengers through our mix of shops and restaurants.”

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