Work to Begin on Exciting New Riverside
With the vast majority of the units already
taken up by top names such as Wagamama and Zizzi, preliminary work
to build the new hotel, cinema, restaurants and a large
river-fronted public square is set to get underway along Bedford’s
Following the successful demolition of the
1960’s office block that was Bedford Town Hall, Riverside North
promises a new leisure and dining experience for everyone to enjoy
on Bedford’s riverside.
New hoardings have been erected enveloping the
new development site which will move on from the former town hall
to include River Side Square Surface Car Park. The developer-funded
scheme will also include a new pedestrian bridge over the river
linking the development to St Mary’s Gardens.
In the last 18 months new surface car parks
have been opened to the public at Greyfriars and Prebend St,
providing over 400 new spaces, replacing the 146 spaces at
Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said:
“Major development is already underway in Bedford Borough with
construction of the final stage of the Western Bypass and the
imminent opening of the new bus station. Further growth and jobs,
in addition to increased town centre footfall, will be created by
this development which brings town centre cinema back to Bedford
and creates new public space by the river.
“This developer-funded scheme is in line with
our vision of ensuring that Bedford town centre is an attractive
destination in its own right for a variety of activities, which is
crucial in these challenging times for all UK High Streets.
“Bedford is already bucking both local and
national trends in seeing shop vacancy rates falling over recent
years, and this riverside development will bring many more visitors
to Bedford for shopping and entertainment.”
The Riverside Square Car Park will be closed
with effect from the end of the day on Wednesday 11 March, as the
developer will need access to the site. Hoardings will then be
erected around the whole of the development site to the north of
In addition to the recently-opened alternative
public car parks at Prebend St and Greyfriars, parking facilities
have also been improved further in Bedford town centre with the
multi-million pound refurbishment of Allhallows Multi-Storey car
park, which involved extensive improvement works.