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Landmark building will be Mansfield's crown jewel

Work is set to begin on a new £2.4million retail and office development on the former Queen's Head pub site in Mansfield town centre.

The landmark building will consist of two retail units on the ground floor and six high-spec office units on the first and second floors. It will incorporate green technologies, such as solar panels a green roof and energy efficient lighting. This will be the first office building in Mansfield town centre to achieve an excellent BRE Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) rating.

Ground works on the site begin on Monday 22 October and work on the structure of the new building is expected to start early in 2013. The car park will close on 22 October to make way for the new development. Motorists can continue to park in Mansfield District Council's town centre car parks including Four Seasons, Walkden Street, Old Town Hall or Victoria Street.

During the build there will be a number of changes to vehicle access on the roads surrounding the site. Quaker Lane and Queen Street Place will be closed, however Queen Street will be opened to two way traffic to allow access to the Old Town Hall car park and the businesses along Queen Street.

The building is expected to be completed by late September 2013. It will be owned and managed by Mansfield District Council, and will be rented out to commercial and retail businesses.

The site forms a vital gateway into the heart of the town centre from the new bus station, which is due to open in the spring. It is hoped that redevelopment of the site can create an attractive pedestrian route into the town centre.

Cllr Kate Allsop, Portfolio Holder for Economic Regeneration at Mansfield District Council, said: "The new building marks a clear signal that Mansfield is open for business and, it is intended that along with the modern new bus station, the development will act as a catalyst to encourage private investment into Mansfield Town Centre."

The scheme has been funded by £867,567 European Regional Development Fund grant and £1.92m of the Council's own capital funds.

Published 15 October 2012

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