The much-anticipated £20m extension of intu Potteries has become a catalyst to enhancing employment in Stoke-on-Trent city centre, with the arrival of the first 15 in a line of local operatives on site with main contractor, Wates Construction.
With construction now well underway at the new cinema and leisure complex, Wates has welcomed to site document controller, Liz from Berry Hill; site engineer, Steve from Werrington; onsite banksman, Derek from Cobridge and labourer, Tom from Newcastle-under-Lyme, amongst others.
The recruitment drive forms part of Wates and intu’s shared commitment to ensuring that the project brings with it a host of opportunities to positively impact the city’s economy. This will also include the appointment of local suppliers and sub-contractors to the project.
Once complete the new development will comprise a nine-screen cinema complex, which is to be operated by Cineworld. The development will also include several family restaurants, including Chiquito, Frankie & Benny’s, Gourmet Burger Kitchen, and a pedestrian boulevard.
The building work, currently being delivered on site of the centre’s former overspill car park, is due to reach completion in spring 2015, followed by a programme of interior fit-out works.
It is expected that approximately 100 jobs will be created during construction and a further 185 jobs will be created once the new development is open.
Richard Scarrott, Operations Director, Wates Construction, commented: “Both intu and Wates have a strong ethos to utilise our work to create local employment opportunities and the development of intu Potteries is a perfect means to achieve this. The new scheme is set to be a fantastic recreational facility for the enjoyment of the people of Stoke so it’s only right that they also benefit from its construction.”
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